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Fall Recipe: Pumpkins aren’t just for carving anymore

Posted By Julia Sklar On October 21, 2009 @ 2:10 am In Features | Comments Disabled

Who conceived the idea of putting squash in bread, I ask you? From afar, this gustatory combination seems unlikely, and downright unappealing; I assure you, though, that that is false. Pumpkin bread is, in fact, the godliest creation to ever grace this planet.

As a seasonal specialty, however, it only comes around once a year if you are not baking it from scratch in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Most of you probablyly only make the association to pumpkin bread based on your run-ins with it at Starbucks in the brisk fall months (in case you’re wondering, they have finally brought it back for this season. Yes! September Starbucks runs were just not as much fun without it). I mean, when Starbucks takes it to the next level by sprinkling pistachio nuts across the top, how could you resist?

But at ten billion Calories and nearly two dollars a piece, despite it’s deliciousness, is it really worth it? Probably not. Pete’s, in Newton Centre, also sells pumpkin bread (all year round, beat that, Starbucks!), but again, it’s a severe waste of money.

I propose a revolutionary option to solve this problem: make it on your own! I promise you it’s not that hard¦I’ll even hold your hand while you do it if you need the moral support (no I won’t). But in all seriousness, for those of you who scrunch up your nose at the idea of cooking or baking anything, pumpkin bread is the best place to start!

Pumpkin bread is the best, it’s adorably seasonal and New Englandy, you’ll be proud that you accomplished baking something properly, and you can even use it to suck up to a teacher whose bad side your on this term.

Now, I am about to bestow upon you a truly priceless gift. Visa should make a commercial about this. Here is the pumpkin bread recipe that I always use. Treat it well:

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pumpkin purée*
1/2 cup olive oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

* To make pumpkin purée, cut a pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff, lie face down on a foil or Silpat lined baking sheet. Bake at 350°F until soft, about 45 minutes to an hour. Cool, scoop out the flesh.

Freeze whatever you don’t need for future use. Or, if you are working with pumpkin pieces, roast or boil them until tender, then remove and discard the skin.

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Sift together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.

2. Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, 1/4 cup of water, and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the nuts.

3. Pour into a well-buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until a thin skewer poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and let cool on a rack.

Now, for all you pumpkin haters out there, even you cannot stand up to the greatness of this bread; it will knock you down.
Pumpkin bread is the only pumpkin related food I enjoy, the rest I find kind of vile. In fact, during pi day in middle school one of my friends won a contest by reciting the first 100 digits of pi correctly and was rewarded with a “pumpkin pi. I tried it. I hated it.

But, pumpkin bread will forever have a place in my heart, and I hope that it now has one in your heart, too.

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