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!

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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.

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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!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

  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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