Whether you need a wonderful dessert for the Holidays or just because, pumpkin nut bread is a great country recipe. You have many options for this tasty treat and here is just one of the many ways you can bake your own pumpkin nut bread.
1-cup pumpkin (cup of mashed sweet potatoes substitution)
1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice – (substitute ¾ tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. ginger, ½ nutmeg and dash ground cloves)
1/3 cup water
1 ½-cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts work well)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, mix well.
Beat 2 eggs and add to dry mixture along with oil.
Add in all wet ingredients: water and pumpkin
Pour into well-greased loaf pan and bake for 1- 1 ¼ hours or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool within the pan and then gently remove.
Pumpkin nut bread is very easy to make and is usually a crowd pleaser. You can make several variations on this tried and true recipe, including different nuts, adding rising and dusting the top with powdered sugar and many people like to include a cup of brown sugar for good measure.
If you have a loved one who is diabetic, it is nice to create a special blend just for them. Sugar is the main problem in most holiday deserts, which can be a challenge for any cook. Here are a couple of substitution ideas for sugar free or diabetic pumpkin nut bread. In the above recipe, you can change the following:
Increase flour to 2 cups
1 cup of sugar substitute such as equal sugar lite
½ cup fat free milk instead of oil
½-cup egg substitute
¼ softened butter
For this recipe first mix, your wet ingredients and sugar substitute then slowly add flour, spices and nuts. Bake according to prior instructions.
Country recipes are down home good for anytime of the year, and this includes pumpkin nut bread. True it is generally a treat reserved for the holidays but it is super simple to make and usually a crowd favorite. Therefore, the next time you get a hankering for Thanksgiving treats in August, just pull out this handy guide and enjoy.