Friday, December 7, 2012

Sharing the Joy: Friday Baking

I LOVE anything pumpkin.  This recipe is from Holiday Recipes: 150 Easy Recipes and Gifts From Your Kitchen by Bonnie Scott, which I got free for my Kindle on Amazon.  It's still free today so be sure to stop by and grab a copy.

Holiday Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup walnuts

Combine flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.  Cream butter and sugar together.  Blend in eggs and beat.  Add dry ingredients alternately with pumpkin in the butter and sugar mixture.  Mix in the chocolate chips and just 1/2 cup of the nuts.  Grease bottom of 9x5 inch loaf pan and pour batter in pan.  Sprinkle 1/4 cup nuts on top.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 65 to 70 minutes.  Cool then drizzle with glaze.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1 to 2 tbsp. cream

Mix all glaze ingredients together, then microwave for about 20 seconds.  Mix well, then drizzle on bread.  Yield:  1 loaf

This recipe will also make 4 mini-loaves (fill pans 3/4 full with batter) baked for 40 to 45 minutes or until they pass the toothpick test.  Great for gift giving!

Have a lovely weekend and stay tuned tomorrow for Weekend Crafting.

Always in spirit....

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