Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving Recipe Week, Day 1

Today's Thanksgiving recipe is... Pumpkin Spice Bread!

How could I not start the week off with a pumpkin recipe? (By the way, I found pumpkin soy milk this week!!!!) This recipe is from Mrs. Wilma Holiday, a little old lady that went to my church back in Mississippi. I've made it a few times and it's quite lovely. It's pretty easy, but there's a bit of mixing involved and it takes a while to bake.

Pumpkin Spice Bread


3 1/2 C. flour
2 t. cinnamon (I used a little more)
4 eggs
2/3 C. water
1 15oz can pumpkin (I'm a bad Southerner and use canned)
1 t. vanilla
2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. cloves
2 C. white sugar
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. cooking oil
1/2-1 C. nuts *optional (I used a cup of walnuts)
2/3 C. raisins or dates *optional (I didn't use any)

Mix flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Toss nuts and fruits lightly in flour mixture. Beat sugar in a mixer at low speed and add oil. Add eggs one at a time and beat, then add pumpkin, flour mixture, water, and vanilla. Beat until mixed thoroughly. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

I cooked in two regular sized loaf pans. I had a little batter left over and have some baby sized loaf pans and used the rest of the batter in those. It also freezes well! Hope ya'll enjoy! :)


  1. Have you ever tried putting cranberries in this kind of bread? I had something like it once but never had the guts to try to recreate it..

  2. So, I tried this and considering I did all kinds of mess ups, it turned out pretty well!

    I mixed it wrong, didn't have ground cloves (only whole) AND forgot white sugar. Oof. Out of practice...

  3. I don't think the cloves make too much of a difference, but the sugar? Not sure how it'll be without it! ;)

  4. This sounds yummy!! I have everything on hand but the pumpkin, but we grew oodles of squash. I think a substitution would work. YUMMY! Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Oh my gosh, thanks for sharing this! This sounds absolutely delicious. I must try to make this soon!