Florentines and Pizzelles were part of my Christmas boxes this year, along with this pumpkin bread. Usually, I make this pumpkin bread into two regular size loaves (as pictured above). But, since I decided to add it to the Christmas box this year, I made the recipe into mini loaves. It made about 20 mini loaves! This was great so I could “stretch” the recipe to fill more boxes!
I started with plain pumpkin bread, then the second batch I added mini chocolate chips to the batter. This bread is so flavorful and moist! The trick is to wrap the loaves overnight in foil before slicing.
3 cups sugar
1 cup cooking oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2/3 cup water
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
Preheat oven to 350˚F
Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of two 9x5x3-inch, three 8x4x2-inch, or four 7 1/2x 3 1/2×2-inch loaf pans; set aside. In a very large mixing bowl beat sugar and oil with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add eggs and beat well; set aside.
In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Alternately add flour mixture and water to sugar mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Spoon batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. (If only baking one loaf, this time reduces significantly so it is important to keep an eye on it.) Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.
Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees when making 8 mini loaves, or until passes toothpick test.
Source: Slightly adapted from Better Homes & Garden Cook Book
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