Ginger + Nutmeg Pumpkin Loaf

I have an obsession with loaves and bread in general. Maybe it’s the season, maybe it’s that they are just so easy and are great make-ahead breakfasts for cold, dark mornings. Whatever it is, I’m not complaining! Here is my latest loaf recipe, based off this recipe from Martha Stewart!

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Please note that this recipe is designed for two smaller loaves – however, I stuck to the recipe and made one larger loaf. If you do the same, adjust the cook time to ensure a thoroughly baked loaf.

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GINGER + NUTMEG PUMPKIN LOAF

PREP TIME: 20 minutes
ACTIVE TIME: 1 hour
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour and 20 minutes
SERVES: 1 or 2 loaves

INGREDIENTS

LOAF:

  • 1 and 1/2 sticks butter (or 12 tablespoons), melted
  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger (I added a bit extra)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 3 large organic free-range eggs
  • sugar glaze for garnish (optional)

SUGAR GLAZE:

  • 1 and 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water

METHODS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, then grease and flour* the loaf pan(s).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. I added extra ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg here.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugars, eggs, pumpkin, melted butter. Slowly add mixture to the dry mix bowl, and stir until just combined.
  4. Pour batter into pan(s). Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted i the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes, and then flip the pan(s) upside down to remove the loaf and let cool completely on a wire rack. Decorate with sugar glaze if desired (recipe below).

SUGAR GLAZE:

In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar and water together until mixture is thick and smooth. Place the loaf on parchment paper for easier clean-up, and drizzle the glaze over the loaf. Let the glaze dry for 15 minutes before serving. This recipe makes enough glaze for two loaves.

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