Best Pumpkin Bread on Planet Earth

Okay, I promised to share my pumpkin bread recipe. It really is better than everybody else’s. Once I made it from an actual pumpkin that I carved and stewed and then put in the bread and in a pie, and it was amazing. However, that’s a lot of work. So here’s how to make the, I guess, second-best pumpkin bread this side of the pumpkin patch.

3 /12 cups sifted flour (I haven’t sifted flour in years; just fluff it up a little before you measure it.)
3 cups sugar (That’s a lot of sugar. I’ve tried it with two cups, but then it lost its sparkle. 2 1/2 is okay.)
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. salt
3/4 cup water
4 eggs
1 cup oil (secret tip: I always a add just a dash or two more oil than it calls for to ensure it’s moist.)
1 15 oz. can pumpkin (Not the pie filling that already has spices in it. I like Libby’s.)
1 cup nuts (or raisins) (I like maybe 1 1/4 cup of nuts, or heck, why not 2 cups.)

Mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl. Make a well and add everything else. Mix well by hand, but don’t beat it to death.
Divide batter between three greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees one hour or until done. Do the toothpick test — if it comes out clean, it’s done, or if the sides of the bread are beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan, it’s probably done.


About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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