A Christmas Tradition Recipe Series : Pumpkin Bread

We have been making pumpkin bread at Christmas time in my family for as long as I can remember. We would always bake multiple loaves of this bread at Christmas and hand them out as gifts to friends and family. I have taken on the same tradition and over the past 7 years  I have handed out goodies bags to my work colleagues, friends and family. All of the treats I hand out are usually individually wrapped and tagged . I thought i would share all the recipes of all the goodies I handed out this year ! Throughout this series of recipes I will show you the packaged and unpackaged product! If you are a fan of Pumpkin and cinnamon, you will love this bread. The molasses makes it sticky sweet, there are hints of pumpkin and also hints of cinnamon. Thinking back now , I handed out all my pumpkin bread this year and never kept any of myself!! A New Years loaf may need to happen for myself ! 😀 Before I get started on the recipe, I wanted to share the fabulous bags I found this year! I bought this gift bags from Michaels Craft Store 50% , each bag had a pack of 12 and in each pack there were 2 different styles. They were almost perfect, they just needed a little of something else, so I added some sparkle, because you can never go wrong with sparkles!! Check out the before and after of a few of the bags! What a difference just a little sparkle tape can make!

 

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ingredients

Recipe Yields roughly 16 mini loaves or 3 Large loaf pans

3 cups of all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

4 eggs lightly beaten

2 cups white sugar

1 1/2 tbs vegetable oil

1 can of pumpkin ( I use the ED smith pumpkin pie can)

1/4 cup molasses

**The more molasses you add the darker the bread will be, The only molasses I use is Crosbys Fancy Molasses. I am sure any other Fancy Molasses would work just as well **

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instructions
Preheat oven to 350

Combine all dry ingredients together in medium size mixing bowl with the exception of the granulated sugar.

In a serpents bowl, combine all the wet ingredients mix until combined.

Once the wet ingredients is combined , slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined .

If you are using mini loaf pans the cook time is 20-25 minutes or until the toothpick runs clean. If your using a larger loaf the cook time is 60-70 minutes.

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Here is the final product, I usually do small loaves so that I can reach out to more people, the single recipe usually yields about 16 small loaves or 3 large loaf pans. This recipe is freezer friendly, I always put my loaves in the freezer because this is usually one of the first things I bake when getting into my Christmas baking. If you do freeze them , when you remove them from the freezer do not be alarmed if they are sticky, the molasses makes them sticky and moist. The stickiness just adds to the delicious loaf! I always recommend heating up a slice of this delicious pumpkin bread with a little but of butter or margarine! Enjoy!

 

Please let us know in the comments if you have tried this recipe and if you loved it as much as we do!

 

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