Pumpkin Bread

I love food. I love preparing it (preferably with a family recipe), I love waiting for it to be done (preferably over a dry aperitif wine), and I love taking time to enjoy it (preferably with people).

This pumpkin bread recipe was given to me by an amazing woman. We just became friends a few months ago, but it feel as if we’ve known each other for many falls. She received the recipe from an amazing woman herself – her mother. I’m honored to be a peripheral part of this circle of women.

The following ingredients are for four loaves of pumpkin bread:

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 cup sugar (I changed it from 3 to only 1 1/2. It’s enough.)

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (depending on how spicy you want it…)

1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

2 cups canned pumpkin

2/3 cup cold water

1 1/2 cups nuts or raisins or chocolate chips (optional)

Just mix the dry ingredients. Then add the next five ingredients one at a time. Pour the batter into greased rectangular loaf pans until they are about half full. Bake at 350 for about 50 Minutes.

Enjoy it with salted butter or jam or Nutella. I personally prefer my slice with just lots of salted butter. And a cup of hot spiced whiskey cider.

And enjoy this season! Its colors, its cold, its brokenness and mystery…  I’ve decided to lean into it this year. And truly anticipate what’s on the other side.