Fall baking day and pumpkin bread recipe

Fall is almost here.  Well, maybe it is just beginning to not feel so incredibly like hot summer.  It is a rare day with little on the calendar, so I decided to do a bit of baking today.  I was inspired by the 12 or more bananas that I found in the freezer last night.  Over the last few weeks I have been buying bananas at the normal rate, but they have not been devoured at the normal rate and were a gathering place for fruit flies.  So into the freezer.  It was now time for banana bread.  And I discovered that I still have about 8 quarts of frozen pumpkin from last Halloween, and since Halloween is about 2 months away, it is time to use it up.  Time for Pumpkin bread.

In an effort to make it a bit more healthy, I substituted 1/2 cup plain yogurt for 1/2 cup butter.  It worked just fine.  And I think it saved a little money too. 

We are having dinner with friends tonight.  We are to bring dessert, so Tim requested I make pound cake to go with the other things he has planned, so now that is in the oven.  Again I subbed yogurt for fat, in this recipe- oil.  Smells yummy.

Pumpkin Bread

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups puree pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour (can use half whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup nuts or chocolate chips (optional)

Blend oil, yogurt and sugar.  Add eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla.  Add all dry ingredients.  Mix well, but do not over mix.  Pour into 2 8″ loaf pans.  Bake 1 hour, 350 degrees.  Let cool in pan about 15 minutes, then turn out on cooling rack.  Serve warm, or wrap in plastic wrap.  Freezes well, so a great make ahead recipe.

Note:  Several of my children have won the Maury Co 4-H baking contest with this recipe.



About dwolters

mama to 4 wonderful kids. live on a farm and raise sheep
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