There is absolutely nothing quite like fresh baked pumpkin bread… the smell is absolutely wonderful and it really makes the home feel like home. My family enjoys baking all kinds of goodies in the winter… it makes our kitchens warm and our hearts warmer.
It is very important to use good quality spices. Please purchase your spices from a place where purity and strength are guaranteed. In Louisville there is a store on Brownsboro road called Nature’s Magic or one called Nuts and Stuff on Preston. They sell loose spices and will weigh out that you want from their bulk pantry. If you can, smell the spices when they open the jar… this is your greatest indicator of freshness… you will see the difference in quality over the grocery store mass packaged, warehoused and shipped spices… plus they are usually 1/4 the price.
Another option is to use Watkins spices. Wal-Mart now sells Watkins spices in the classic metal tins. All Watkins products are unconditionally guarantied for purity and strength pay attention to the dates on the tins.
Upadate 2012 – Nuts and Stuff and Natures Magic are no more. I have had good luck buying spice at Trader Joes and Whole Foods Market. My last batch had spices from Trader Joes. I do prefer watkins, Wal-Mart sometimes carries Watkins but no longer carries the organic spices and I’ve noticed that what they carry is no longer as potent as the organic spices from watkins. There is a new Penzy’s store in the same shopping center as Trader Joes and their spices are premium, but I’ve never been able to catch them open.
- 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 3 Cups Sugar
- 4 Large Eggs
- ⅔ Cup Filtered Water
- 2 Cups canned or prepared pumkin
- 3⅓ cups all purpose white flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon (use more if you like)
- 1 tsp nutmeg (use more if you like)
- ¼ tsp ginger
- ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
- Mix first five ingredients together beat until smooth.
- Sift all dry ingredients together in a large bowl making sure that it is well combined.
- Add dry ingredients slowly to the wet mixture mixing until very smooth. Fold in Nuts to this mixture and place in three medium greased / floured loaf pans.
- Bake at 350 for one hour and check at approximately 45 minutes to see if done... check every 5 minutes remove when a toothpick inserted in the loaf comes out clean.