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Easy and Delicious Pumpkin Bread Recipe – 40 Years in the Making

Posted by Kyle Design on November 24, 2008

Add a touch of charm to your Thanksgiving Day decorations with this stained glass Pumpkin night light.

Add a touch of charm to your Thanksgiving Day decorations with this stained glass Pumpkin night light.

Celebrate a Special Anniversary, Birthday or Milestone with this 40th Christmas Ornament

Celebrate a Special Anniversary, Birthday or Milestone with this 40th Christmas Ornament

With Thanksgiving coming up in a few days, I thought I’d post my family favorite Pumpkin Bread recipe. This recipe has been in my family for over 40 years and has been tweaked over time to suit our tastes, adjusting quantities up or down to get it to where we think it is just right. (It’s that creative side of artists – everything is fair game!) Everyone loves it and it disappears quickly at parties.

Another note on this recipe: it contains no cinnamon but rather cardamom which we prefer for its more complex flavor. Cinnamon can easily be substituted for the cardamom in the same quantity.

Spice Buying Tip: You can cheaply buy most spices at Indian grocery stores if you have any in your area.

Kyle’ Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Spiced Pumpkin Bread is delicious at Thanksgiving or any time of the year

Spiced Pumpkin Bread is delicious at Thanksgiving or any time of the year

5 c. flour
3-1/2 c. sugar
2 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
1/2 t. cardamom
1t. cloves

2/3 c. oil
1 large can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree

1/2 c. – 1 c. walnuts (optional)

Sift dry ingredients together (I use a large sieve.) Mix oil and pumpkin puree together, stir into dry ingredients just until mixed. Add nuts if desired. Pour into greased and floured pans – 2 bread load pans or 6 small (3” x 6”) loaf pans (nice size for gift-giving). Bake at 350 degrees – large pans for about 75 minutes, small pans for about 60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Preparing a Thanksgiving feast for a crowd can be stressful - keep your pain relief pills handy in this Turkey Pill Box

Preparing a Thanksgiving feast for a crowd can be stressful - keep your pain relief pills handy in this Turkey Pill Box

Thanksgiving can be hard on the wallet, but this metal Pumpkin wallet will protect your cards and cash, and look good, too.

Thanksgiving can be hard on the wallet, but this metal Pumpkin wallet will protect your cards and cash, and look good, too.

One Thanksgiving we bought pumpkin pie mix instead of pumpkin puree and used it before we realized our (BIG) mistake. Yuck. None of us likes pumpkin pie, but we all love this pumpkin bread and we were sorely disappointed when the bread tasted like pie!!

BTW, even my daughter who is a picky eater loves this recipe, and I think it is a great way to expand her range by getting her taste buds accustomed to some new flavors.

Click on Thanksgiving Gifts, Pumpkin Gifts, or 40th Anniversary Gifts to see more of my unique gifts for the holidays such as the night light, Christmas ornament, metal wallet or pill box shown above, most of which may be custom engraved.

At Kyle Design, we ship within  1-2 business days, even with custom engraving and personalization with colors and designs so if you’re shopping online and want something special, affordable and fast, be sure to check us out.

Our gifts make great housewarming or hostess gifts, too, because they are practical, useful gifts that are attractive yet still reasonably priced.

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