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World's Best Pumpkin Bread

Posted October 26, 2007

"It's the world's best pumpkin bread," said former WRAL staffer Katie Rose Tuttle. With an introduction like that I knew I had to try it. I did and I agreed.

Today, with the weather finally cooling off, and Halloween and Thanksgiving on the horizon I thought I would share Katie Rose's coveted recipe from her Grandma Poss.

Please feel free to give it a try and let our readers know how it went.

What are your favorite autumn recipes?

Grandma Poss’ Pumpkin Bread

2c all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
3/4c butter
2c sugar
2 eggs
1 lb. Pumpkin (better to be more than less)

(1) Grease and flour bread pans and set aside.
(2) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
(3) Mix flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
(4) Mix butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time.
(5) Add pumpkin on low speed.
(6) Add dry ingredients ¼ cup at a time on low speed. Beat at medium speed until completely mixed, light & fluffy. On a humid or rainy day your batter will be slightly runny which is fine!
(7) Pour batter into pans, bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let sit for 20 minutes.
(8) Serve right away or wrap in aluminum foil and store in freezer. Great with vanilla ice cream.


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  • patti3 Oct 26, 2007

    I made your pumpkin bread. Just took it out of the oven. Man, is it good. Cut me a piece right away. Had a cup of coffee and a slice of pumpkin bread.

  • mcmags Oct 26, 2007

    I love to go to the NC Farmer's Market(Raleigh) or even the Western NC Farmer's Market in Asheville in the fall for apples. I love to make a batch of applesauce. With apples that fresh it is so easy to do. You only need to peel and cook over low heat. Cinnamon and a smidgen of sugar finishes it off. The best part is the whole house smells like fall!

  • thefensk Oct 26, 2007

    Just found this last weekend in a Moravian church's cookbook I found a few months ago in a thrift store.

    Good for autumn or just about any time.

    Cinnamon Flop

    1 T butter
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 egg
    1 cup milk
    2 cups flour 1/2 t salt 2 t baking powder brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon for topping Cream butter and sugar, add egg and stir in milk. Mix in the flour and salt and baking powder. Put in two greased 8 inch cake pans or one larger pan. It will rise almost double in size.

    Sprinkle generously with a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon sugar (no amounts or other instructions were given but I think you sprinkle the batter first with brown sugar, then with the cinnamon/sugar mixture).

    Dot with butter and bake for 25-30 minutes @350F.

    This is good either hot or cold; we couldn't decide which way was better, so I guess we'll have to run another test!

  • MaplesMom Oct 26, 2007

    This is my recipe. I Love it!!! Sometimes I may throw in a handful of raisons or chocolate chips. Feel free to jot down the recipe and call it your own.

    1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
    4 eggs
    1 cup vegetable oil
    2/3 cup water
    3 cups white sugar
    3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon pumkin pie spece DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out

  • Riverracer Oct 26, 2007

    I have a new favorite way to cook sweet potatoes. Peel sweet potatoes and chop into 1-2" dice. Place on a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Chop one onion and add to potatoes. Add 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1/2-3/4 cup soy sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Toss gently to combine. Seal the foil into a packet and grill for about 30-45 minutes. It's delicious, and best of all you just throw away the foil - no dirty pans!

  • Silver loves Rebel Red puppies Oct 26, 2007

    What I brought for lunch today has rocketed to the top of favorites for me, Pork & White Bean Stew.

    Saute a sweet onion. Cut up 4 or 5 slices of cooked bacon, I use kitchen scissors. Boil about a 2 or 3 pound boston but pork roast, with no seasonings, in water in a 5 qt pot. When its done, cut it up in chunks, reserve with the bacon & onion, and put the bone back in the pot. Add to the pot 1 tbsp rosemary, 1 tbsp thyme, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp salt, 3 chicken bouillon cubes, 4 or 5 celery ribs diced and 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed. In the meantime, mash a can of large lima beans with a masher or fork. When the sweet potatoes are about done, add the mashed beans and two cans of great northern beans. Cook for about 10 minutes, then add all the reserved stuff and cook about 15 or 20 minutes. You may not need all the pork chunks, about 2 cups will do. It's really good.

  • mt1190 Oct 26, 2007

    can we say HEART FAILURE

  • Happyfeet50 Oct 26, 2007

    How many loaves does this recipe make? I just need to know how many pans to prepare.

  • tennispro Oct 26, 2007

    sorry I made so many spelling mistakes.Hope you can read it!

  • tennispro Oct 26, 2007

    Sarah's Ravorite Peanut Butter Delight
    2 cups sugar
    1/2 cup milk
    2 cups sugar
    4T cocoa
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 cup peanut butter(smooth) 2 1/2 cups oatmeal Melt butter furst. Then combine teh sugar,milk, and cocoa, and bring to a boil for two minutes. Remove from heat adn quickly stir in oatmeal,peanut butter and vanilla. Drop by spoonful on sheet of wax paper to cool. Delicious!!!!!!!!!! I

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