My mother's signature holiday treat is Pumpkin Bread. As a kid I can clearly remember walking into the house after a day at school to the amazing, fragrant smell of freshly baked pumpkin bread. Ah! I don't know if there's a better smell or feeling in the world. My mom still makes a couple batches each year and this seasonal treat tastes just as good now as it did when I was five. The holidays are about traditions and spending time with the people you love. I'm feeling especially grateful for the loved ones in my life right now and think that a gift of pumpkin bread is the perfect way to show someone you love 'em.
Yield: 8 small loaves or 2 large loaves
Total Time: about 1 hour, 15 minutes
5 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
4 cups sugar
1 large (29 oz.) can pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray loaf pans with cooking spray. (You may use 8 small loaf pans or 2 large loaf pans.)
Mix and sift the first five ingredients and set aside. In a very large bowl, mix together sugar, pumpkin, and vegetable oil, then add sifted dry ingredients and stir until completely incorporated. Pour mixture evenly into the pans and bake for 45 minutes-1 hour, or until a knife inserted comes out clean.