Recipe: Pumpkin Bread

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!

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Most of my weekend was spent catching up on sleep, watching 30 Rock, which is a great TV show, and visiting with family. I’ve pretty much been ignoring the rest of my regular life in order to watch it. However, cooking is something I can simultaneously enjoy while Netflixing. Yes, that just happened, I made that a verb. I brought the bread over to my parents’ house for dessert on Sunday, and my dad and I watched the newest episode of The Walking Dead together, which is literally what I dream about at night. A zombie apocalypse would be pretty scary, but also pretty fun… But only if the zombies were slow and stupid like the ones on the show. I’m weird. Does anyone else think of these kinds of things?

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Anyways, thank goodness it’s starting to actually feel like Fall here. The weather is always so confusing here. Up until this weekend, the weather has still permitted beach visits. Southern California is the best. I meant to write this post the other night, but I passed out in food-coma mode after eating half a loaf of this scrumptious bread. Lazy Sundays really don’t really get much better than that.

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.

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Pumpkin Bread
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.

Enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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