Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mom's Pumpkin Bread

Mmmm... Yummy pumpkin bread.... This was one of my favorite treats during the fall and holiday seasons growing up, and it still is today. My mom used to make this pumpkin bread to give out to neighbors and we would always beg her to keep some for us. She usually kept a loaf or two for her ravenous family, but it was never enough. ;) I could eat a whole loaf myself at one sitting. And the Cream Cheese frosting on top is a must. It finishes the bread deliciously and beautifully.Mom's Pumpkin Bread

3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil (I use half olive oil and half vegetable oil)
4 eggs (beaten)
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cloves
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp all spice
1 cup pumpkin
1 cup applesauce
2/3 cup water

Mix sugar and oil until smooth. Add eggs and mix.
Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to wet ingredients 1/2 cup at a time. Add pumpkin, applesauce, and water. Mix until smooth.
Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 45 - 60 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
Usually makes 2 to 3 loafs depending on your loaf pan size.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8oz cream cheese
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 tsp vanilla
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk

Melt cream cheese and butter in microwave until soft. Beat with beater about 1 minute or until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar, a little at a time alternately with milk until desired consistency and taste is reached.

You can also make into cute mini loaves. These are really dangerous. They are deliciously cute.



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