As we already know, fall is the perfect time for pumpkin and apples. Here is a how you can make delicious pumpkin bread with pumpkin butter using your homegrown pumpkins. This recipe is based from In A Pumpkin Shell by Jennifer Storey Gillis.
How to Make Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin Bread Ingredients
3 cups of mashed, cooked pumpkin
1 cup of safflower oil (olive oil is a healthier substitute)
1 cup of honey
1 cup of yogurt
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground cloves
4 teaspoons of baking soda
4 cups of whole wheat flour
2 (4 1/2″ by 8 1/2″) bread pans
Step One – Wash your hands thoroughly. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Step Two – Get out your ingredients, utensils, and pans. Grease two bread pans with butter or pam spray. This prevents the bread from sticking to the pan and makes for an easier clean up.
Step Three – Put all of your ingredients into one large bowl, except the flour. Mix it well. I used canned pumpkin, because of the time restraint. However, if you are interested in knowing how to make homemade pumpkin puree, see here.
Step Four – Add in flour, a little at a time. The color should lighten and the consistency should thicken.
Step Five – Spoon the batter into the prepared bread pans and bake for about an hour. Check the bread with a wire tester or toothpick to ensure it is completely cooked. If the wire comes out perfectly clean (with no batter on it), then it is ready. Remove the bread from the oven carefully and place in foil or on a dish.
Step Six – Cool the bread and serve with pumpkin butter (see below).
How to Make Pumpkin Butter
Pumpkin Butter Ingredients
1 cup of mashed, cooked pumpkin
1/2 cup of honey
1/4 cup of molasses (maple syrup is another substitute)
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Step One – Combine all ingredients into a saucepan on medium/high heat. Bring mixture to a boil.
Step Two – Bring mixture down to low heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Be sure to stir often; it burns easily.
Step Three – Let the butter chill for at least an hour, or freeze. Serve with the bread.
Enjoy making these with your project group, classroom, kids, and family!