Impromptu Friday

With less than a week, to Thanksgiving…and my second favorite holiday. I’m continuing to teach our daughters about being thankful and grateful…and showing it!

Our thankful tree is continuing to be a fun activity. The girls remind us all the time about adding more leaves to the tree. And I love that they remember at different times during the day. My oldest can’t wait to make it the centerpiece to the kids tables at Thanksgiving!


Another way, we have shown our gratitude is through food. I mean seriously, pretty obvious coming from a Chef…that’s pretty much the best way I know how!

So my youngest and I baked up 6 loaves of pumpkin bread and delivered them to her sister’s preschool.


And because I know all you want is a recipe, here it is 🙂 Inspired by Once Upon A Chef’s recipe – changed slightly.

Quick Pumpkin Bread

Makes 2-3 loaves. Wrap in plastic wrap and foil to freeze for another day!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill), plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cups) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15-ounce can 100% pure pumpkin
  • cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease two 8 ½” x 4 ½” loaf pans with cooking spray and dust with flour.
  2. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a bowl.
  3. In large bowl of an electric mixer, at medium speed, beat butter and sugar until just blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until very light and fluffy, a few minutes. Beat in pumpkin. The mixture might look grainy and curdled at this point – that’s ok.
  4. At low speed, beat in flour mixture until well combined.
  5. Turn batter into prepared pans, dividing evenly, and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let loaves cool in pan about 10 minutes, then turn out on wire rack to cool completely.

*If you are giving them away, I recommend using foil disposable pans – once cooled wrap with plastic wrap and give away!

With that. Enjoy your weekend!


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