I love the fall. Not only is it finally starting to cool down on the west coast, but it’s also time to start making lots of food with pumpkin!
This recipe is so great because it only takes you about 10-15 minutes to put together and the rest of the time is spent baking it in the oven. Easiest thing ever.
makes about 6 servings, takes about an hour and a half
1 cup of flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. pumpkin spice
3/4 stick of unsalted butter* (or 1/3 cup vegetable/canola oil)
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup applesauce
7-8 oz. pure pumpkin (about half a can)
1/4 cup chopped pepitas
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and spices. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the butter and sugar (or oil and sugar for vegans!). Stir in the applesauce, then the pumpkin. Mix well. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and combine until a thick batter has been created.
Spray non-stick spray in an 8×4″ pan. Pour the batter into it and top with the chopped pepitas.
Bake in the oven for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes. Serve with anything. It’s amazing with coffee, as dessert, or even just to snack on alone.