A while back I shared a pumpkin bread recipe that till now had been my favorite to bake when the crisp autumn air rolled in. I recently discovered a new favorite. Here is the recipe. If you are looking for pumpkin carving ideas, we got dozens.
This pumpkin seed bread stays moist because of the applesauce that I use instead of oil. The pumpkin seeds also give it a surprising crunch. The best part about this recipe is that it calls for fresh pumpkin. All you have to do is shred the pumpkin using a cheese grater or food processor. The bread is great with coffee in the morning. Can’t get enough pumpkin? Keep warm with this pumpkin soup recipe.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup turbinado sugar (or regular if that’s what you have)
- 3/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups shredded fresh pumpkin flesh (not the hard skin)
- 1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
Start by toasting the pumpkin seeds in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven. (I bought my seeds without a shell at Trader Joe’s.) Make sure not to burn them. Set aside when done. Then sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. (I switched in one cup of whole wheat flour the second time I made this and it was just as delicious.)
In a different bowl, mix the sugar, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla. (You can always use oil, but I feel extra guilty using it when I bake.) Then add the shredded pumpkin and seeds to the wet ingredients. Unlike other recipes, fold the dry ingredients into the wet using a spatula. (The wet ingredients are dense and won’t mix well if you do it the other way around.) Don’t use a mixer or you’ll break the seeds. Afterwards, pour in a loaf pan. If you are not using a nonstick pan, first butter and flour the pan.
Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes or till a knife inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Let it cool on a baking rack.
- The original recipe is by Alton Brown. I adapted it to suit my taste and you can do the same.
- Yields 1 loaf