Well, it may not be so Autumn-esque here in California with this insane heatwave, but I decided to go ahead and make some pumpkin bread anyway! I am on a mission to find the perfect recipe for this delicious treat, as pumpkin bread truly is one of my favorites. This recipe turned out pretty well, and it’s said to be even better the next day – so it’s perfect to make for gifts.
Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread (recipe originally found here)
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7×3 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 clean.
One of the best things about baking breads is they are so easy to package and give away. I like to bake mine in mini-loaf pans with lids, and wrap them in fabric and ribbon. It’s super easy, and it requires no sewing … just some pinking shears and double-sided tape! Here’s how I package mine:
No-Sew Fabric Wrap
- Fabric of your choice
- Coordinating ribbon of different widths
- Double-sided tape
- Pinking shears (scissors with scalloped edges, keeps fabric from fraying)
- Cut your fabric in a long strip that will fit around your baking pan and lid like a belt.
- Turn the pan upside down and tape fabric to the bottom of the pan with double-sided tape. Make sure your “belt” is straight and wrap around the pan. Line up the unsecured side of the belt with the one you taped, and tape that side to the bottom.
- Cut ribbon you desire (I used two ribbons pictured above, and taped the thinner one on top of the thicker one). Tape it at the bottom, wrap around, and tape the other side to the bottom, just like with the fabric.
- Make sure fabric and ribbon are straight, with all taped edges on the bottom of your pan, so the top looks nice and clean.
- Now you’re ready to finish it off by tying on a tag or label of your choice with a thinner string/ribbon!
We’re still unpacking after our move, and my printer is out of action right now, so I used a cute little tag that I’d ordered from Bake It Pretty a while ago instead of my own. I was especially happy to find a brown houndstooth fabric to use … I feel like it’s the perfect pattern for Fall and looks great with the pumpkin bread!