Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The flavors of Fall

I absolutely adore Fall.  It's been 80 degrees or so for the last few days and it's hard to miss Salt Lake when I heard they received several inches of snow on Sunday.  We have been doing our best to get into the Fall spirit and carved a pumpkin last night.  Well, I took out the inside and Ed carved it.  

Afterwards, we made healthy, whole wheat, dark chocolate, Pumpkin bread (with our own pumpkin puree!). It smelled to die for! I added extra cinnamon and vanilla. You can also substitute applesauce for the butter. Recipe is listed below!

Pumpkin Pecan Bread


1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup packed natural brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup chopped pecaons
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, preferrably 60% cocoa

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Lighly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan with butter.
Combine flour, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Whisk and set aside.
In another large bowl, combine butter, honey, and sugar and beat for two minutes. Add the eggs and lightly beat until just combined. Mix in pumpkin and vanilla -- do not overmix. Gradually beat in the flour mixture in thirds.
Dilute baking soda in ¼ cup hot (not boiling) water, then beat into batter.
Stir in, by hand, the chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
Pour the batter into the pan and bake at 325 for approximately 55 to 65 minutes. (test for doneness being careful not to overbake as it may dry out the bread)
Remove from pan and place on a wire rack to cool. If you plan to serve this to guests and want clean slices, then allow it to cool for 30 minutes. Otherwise dig in after 5 minutes.


Melissapher said...

That looks absolutely divine. I'll have to give that recipe a try!

The Frasers said...

Sounds yummy! I LOVE pumpkin! Isn't fall so fun?!?

katie kortman said...

i absolutely love pumpkin recipes. esp. in the fall. I'll definitely try this one! oh and thanks for all the shopping info!

Laura said...

MMmmm...that looks so yummy! Pumpkin is so good!

Heather, Dan, and Family said...

That looks so good. Dan loves all things pumpkin. Glad to see you still have some fall spirit even though you are in Arizona.

Porters said...

yum! We'll have to try this. thanks for posting it, and I love your pumpkin.