pumpkin bread.

    pumpkin bread
 This bread has become popular of late in this house. My parents came to visit us a few weeks back, and my mom brought the muffin version of this with her. I ate her muffins.
     Then, this Tuesday, Rob had all of his wisdom teeth out after two of them managed to land him in the emergency room on Saturday.  What do Rob’s teeth have to do with this recipe? Well, first because he couldn’t open his mouth more than about an inch, and then because he had surgery, Rob’s normal diet has been replaced with pain killers, antibiotics, and all things soft: pudding, jello, grits, soup, shakes, yogurt, and juices. Our fridge and pantry were fully stocked with this mushy menu after visits from both of Rob’s parents, who came bearing groceries. I usually prep my food for the week on Sunday, and I baked a loaf of this bread…for me. 
     Despite the fact that “all of Alex’s bread” was not an item on the “list of soft foods to try” provided with his post-op notes, over the course of the week, a certain wisdom-toothless little mouse who shall remain nameless finished off the entire loaf, nibble by nibble. (Okay, I had a few nibbles, too.)
     Moral of the story? This bread is extremely yummy, extremely moist, and pleasing to fully functional and challenged mouths alike. Also, I put chocolate in it, and that obviously made it irresistible. I am pretty much constantly thinking of other yummy things to add to this recipe. More incarnations to come.

what’s in it?

  • ¾ cup honey
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1⅔ c. whole wheat flour
  • ½ c. melted coconut oil
  • ¼ c. cold water
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cloves
  • ¼ c. dark chocolate chips*
  • ¼ c. blueberries*

* optional, but recommended. the possibilities are pretty much endless when it comes to what you could add to this bread.

how to assemble the deliciousness

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a loaf pan (or a muffin tin).
  3. Mix dry ingredients.
  4. Mix wet ingredients.
  5. Marry wet with dry.
  6. Fold in berries/chocolate chips (and/or nuts, dried fruit…).
  7. Pour into your prepared loaf pan or muffin tin.
  8. Bake at 325 degrees according to the times below.

baking times**

  • for bread (one loaf):  65-80 minutes
  • for muffins:
    • (12) = 35-40 minutes
    • (24 mini) = 25 minutes

 **honey browns faster than a batter made with sugar; for the bread, start on the low end of baking time and check the center with a toothpick/fork for done-ness.

yields: 12 muffins or 1 loaf (how many slices is up to you!)                                 prep time: ~5 minutes

 recipe adapted from kitchenstewardship.com

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