So, I might not like decorating with pumpkins (see this post), but I do LOVE to eat pumpkin goodies! Baking is one of my favorite hobbies and while I usually try to stick to healthier fare, sometimes a cherished family recipe will only do!
My youngest is always begging me to bake together. Despite the near 90 degree temperatures over the weekend, we donned our matching aprons and made this pumpkin bread recipe.
A Treasured Recipe
This recipe was given to my mom from Julie’s mother-in-law and was then passed on to me. What a treasure this recipe is, as we lost Julie’s mother-in-law last year to cancer. Here is a copy of the original recipe card from my mom.
This recipe makes A LOT! You could easily half the recipe, but I like to make the full batch and freeze the extra loaves. For me, the recipe made two medium loaves, one full-size and one mini loaf.
- 5 1/4 C. flour
- 1 Tbsp. baking soda
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg (I don't use nutmeg and add a little extra cinnamon)
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (or if not using nutmeg I use 2 tsp. cinnamon)
- 4 1/2 C. sugar
- 1 1/2 C. oil (I use canola oil)
- 1 1/2 C. nuts (My family does not like nuts so we omit this but walnuts are so yummy in this!)
- 6 eggs slightly beaten
- 3 C. pumpkin
- If desired-1 C. chocolate chips (mini or regular)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Grease bread pans
- Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl
- Slightly beat eggs and add in sugar, oil and pumpkin
- Beat with a mixer until smooth
- Combine dry ingredients one cup at a time to wet ingredients
- Mix until just blended-do not over mix.
- If desired, you can add chocolate chips to the batter and mix. My family ALWAYS requests this.
- Pour batter into pans.
- Depending on the size of your bread pans and your oven, baking time can range from 30-45 minutes for mini loaves, 60 mins. for a medium pans and 90 mins. for a large pan.
- Check often and when inserted knife comes out clean it is ready.
- Cool in pan on baking rack for 15 minutes.
- Empty bread from pans onto cooling rack to finish cooling.
In this post, I detail how to find time for creative pursuits. One suggestion is to enjoy some fun with your family. Baking together is something that creates cherished memories and is fun! Both of my girls love to bake and I hope they pass this tradition on to their own children one day.
Do you enjoy baking as a hobby? What are some of your favorite recipes? If you are craving a delicious, pumpkin treat, give this recipe a try!