Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkins!!! So exciting. Well not exactly. Till maybe today the best memories that I have of pumpkin were of a dry pumpkin preparation that my mother makes mostly on festivals with Kachori (a yummie indian bread stuffed with yellow urad lentil). It is a really tasty dish with a savory, sweet flavor. The kachoris compliments it so well.  I will take her permission and will post that recipe here soon. So that's how I started eating pumpkin. But recently I have been reading too much and it felt like I have not done enough with pumpkin. So I am starting my tour with pumpkin. I have bought a good whole pumpkin which is really beautiful.

The first stop is a pumpkin bread. If you will keep reading my blog, you will realize that one of the things I like doing is baking breads. This pumpkin bread came out really well. You can have it in breakfast or in snacks with tea or coffee. So go ahead, give the beautiful pumpkin a chance to show how great it can turn out. I gave a piece of raw pumpkin to my niece and she was happy even with that :)

Pumpkin Bread
Makes 3 X (7" x 3") loaves
Recipe Source: Kholouds Bakes

430 g pumpkin puree
4 eggs
3 cups white sugar
1 cup olive oil
2/3 cup water
3 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Mix the eggs, olive oil, water, sugar and salt till the sugar dissolves properly. Now add the pumpkin puree to this mixture. Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger separately. Now add this mixture to the pumpkin puree mix and whisk together both the mixtures properly. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Prepare the tins by greasing them with olive oil. Now pour in equal amounts of mixture in all three and place inside the oven with timer set to 50 minutes.

Use a tooth pick to check if the bread is done. Follow the golden rule, if the tooth pick comes out clean it is done, if not keep it a while longer. Let the loaves rest for a while. Cut them in different shapes and sizes as per your wish and serve.

The bread was soft, moist and flavorful. Really worth a try. The next time I bake this bread I will try with a slightly lesser amount of sugar to give it more of a savory taste.

Hope you enjoy the bread as much as I did. :)

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