Pumpkin Bread - I Smell Christmas In My House!


1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cloves
16 ounces mashed pumpkin
1/2 cup diced dates


In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well. Combine dry ingredients; stir into creamed mixture just until moistened. Stir in pumpkin, diced dates and walnuts. Pour into two greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pans or a bundt cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C for 1 hour or until bread tests done.


I found this pumpkin bread recipe and decided to try it. I have made some changes to the original recipes. I took the suggestion of one user and replaced cinnamon and nutmeg with ground all spices and added walnuts. I also added diced dates and use freshly mashed pumpkin instead of canned. The original recipe calls for 3 cups of sugar, I have reduced it to 2 ½ cups and the result is actually sweet enough for my taste. This is a good recipe as the bread came out fluffy. I cut out 3 pieces, got it packed and drove to the guard house to give them to the guard on duty so that he can have them for tea. The big smile on his face was priceless!. The fragrance of this bread not only filled my house with Christmas, it also gave the guard joy. AWESOME!




Monday, December 20, 2010 - 7:00am


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