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Pumpkin Bread

  • SERVINGS: MAKES ONE 9-INCH LOAF
  • MAKE-AHEAD

  1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  6. 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  8. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  10. 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  11. 2 large eggs
  12. 1 cup fresh or canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
  13. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  14. 1/3 cup milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan and line the bottom with wax paper. In a bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and baking powder.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Gradually add the sugar and beat for 4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, then beat in the pumpkin puree. Stir the vanilla into the milk. Beat in the dry ingredients in 3 additions at low speed, alternating with the milk mixture.
  3. Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack to cool.