November 5, 2009

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Galore

Some folks have thought I've had the baby, since I haven't posted in awhile. No- just busy "nesting" and doing a lot of freelance work at home. I have another blog that I'm using as part of my freelance work: Taste of Missouri. You can also find me busy at work on Twitter as TasteofMissouri or look me up on Facebook.

Last night I was busy in the kitchen finishing up processing the last of my pumpkins and decided to make some pumpkin bread- which is my favorite part of the holidays! Instead of baking two loafs, which the following recipe makes, I made two trays of pumpkin muffins! Let me tell you- the muffins are the perfect size for snacks and go so perfect with a nice frosty mug of milk!

I can't stress how important it is to use only fresh pumpkin for this recipe. My father and I grow our own pumpkins and then process them. We have enough pumpkin left for the whole year. If you use pumpkins to decorate with in the fall, process the pumpkin.

Read an old post of mine about how to process pumpkins at home for the very best pumpkin puree for your holiday baking needs!

Baldwin Pumpkin Bread
3 C. Sugar
3 1/2 C. Flour
1 C. Oil (1/2 vegetable, 1/2 sunflower oil- don't have sunflower oil- don't fret, you can still just use vegetable oil)
2/3 C. Water
2 cups Pumpkin
4 eggs well beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix well about 50 strokes. Stir in nuts (I like walnuts).
Fill in bread pan half full and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.

1 comment:

The Sellmeyer's said...

I've been making chocolate chip pumpkin muffins since my kids were little. It's their favorite treat, they always requested them instead of cupcakes to take to school. Then after their class mates tasted them I was requested to make them for cub scouts, brownies and any other function that came along. My daughter came home from college a couple of weekends ago and requested them to take back to school! Her friends thought they sounded weird, but she told me the guys got a hold of them and ate a 2 gallon ziplock bag full of them and she didn't get any! So next time try adding chocolate chips and see how you like them.