Recipe: Maine-style pumpkin bread

Missing homemade goods during the stress of finals period? Looking to procrastinate by impressing friends with your amazing baking prowess? As we move into the winter season, it’s always exciting to have someone around who can surprise family and friends with a delicious treat. This year, you can be that person! Here is a super simple pumpkin bread recipe that will only take about an hour to make.

The list of ingredients isn’t anything too crazy; in fact, you likely have most of these ingredients lying around already!

If not, just make a quick run to the store and pick up:

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

4 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2/3 cup water

3 cups white sugar

3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 ½ teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon ground cloves

teaspoon ground ginger

Once you have all of your ingredients, you’re ready to begin the baking process.

– First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans. 

– Then, in a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water, and sugar until it is all well blended. 

– In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. 

– Next, stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until everything is just blended. Then, pour it into the prepared baking pans.

– After the pans are filled and ready, bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. 

– The loaves are done when a toothpick inserted in center of the loaf comes out clean.

– Cut off a slice of the loaf while it’s hot and pile on a generous helping of cream cheese and enjoy!

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