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Monday, December 24, 2012

My Maine Pumpkin Bread Man

Bonus Post!
  Last night, I had some popcorn while we watched some of
our favorite Christmas movies, like Die Hard and Gremlins.
Not just any popcorn, mind you.
We don't do the microwave stuff.
This was the kind where you drizzle oil in the bottom of a heavy pot, add the kernels,
and slam the lid down while fluffy clouds of goodness vie for escape.
Real butter was melted on the side and poured over it, then seasoning salt 
and garlic powder were shaken over the glistening temptation.
I settled in on my chaise with a mound of pillows and a flute of
I Can't Believe It's Not Champagne!, filled a bowl with the 
buttery treat, munched away happily...
and got queasy as all get out. 
It seems the omission of a gall bladder means the body does not care for 
all that oily wondrous snacking happiness. 
And yes, I'm well aware that I should eat healthy things, but twigs and leaves 
are hideously boring.
What's a foodie to do?
 Cue the angels.

This pumpkin bread is my favorite snack and breakfast.
Moist, sweet, spicy and dense, it's damned near a dessert, but it's healthy,
AND it's easy to make from scratch!
This is a huge favorite of the whole family~
to the point where it's going to be part of brunch today.
Add nuts if you like, but above all, tell NO ONE that this is good for them!
You'll ruin it for everyone. 

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups white sugar
2/3 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin pure

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans.In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. 
Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 

 Let this cool and slice off a hunk whenever you need something sweet. This is even better the next day, and I've heard it freezes well. I can't verify that rumor. There's never any left.
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Musings from Kim K. said...

Wishing your family a very merry Christmas, Sunny. Your Catmas posts are fabulous again this year. Loved your comment and if the chandelier comes up missing, I'll be flying to FL. Christmas hugs!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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Carol said...

Yum! Merry Christmas Sunny and thanks for stopping by! I hope you guys have a wonderful holiday!