Fall is quickly turning here in Central NY. Snow fell the other day, kicking me in the pants to use up the last two pumpkins that have been staring me down on our kitchen counter. After making two giant batches of apple sauce, I decided to incorpate the pumpking and the apples together. The bread came out dense, but tasty. I think that if a can was used instead of the steamed pumpkin it would have been less dense, but who is to know?
I also didn’t use oil in the recipe, just apple sauce. Oh and I didn’t use apples, just apple sauce. So no oil, and equal amount apples sauce to apple. Here we go!
1 cup oats
1/4 cup LOCAL honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp flax seeds
2Tbs unsalted butter, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsps baking soda
1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (Been addicted to freshly ground nutmeg)
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 (15-oz) can solid-pack pumpkin (I used two small pie pumpkins steamed gutted and mushed)
3/4 cup vegetable oil ( Did not use oil)
2 1/4 cups sugar (nope not this much sugar either… only 1 cup. apple sauce though unsweetened itself is sweet enough on its own thank you very much,)
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 Granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (2 cups) (2 cups of chunky apple sauce)
MAKE THE TOPPING: Blend together oats, sugar, cinnamon, and flax in a small bowl with your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Melt butter and mix into to the ret of ingredients till all is wet.
MAKE THE BREAD: Put a rack in the middle of oven and preheat oven to 350F. Butter two 9 X 5 inch loaf pans.
Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice into a medium bowl.
Whisk together pumpkin…
…oil, sugar, and eggs in a large bowl. Add flour mixture, stirring until well combined. Fold in apples
Divide batter between buttered loaf pans. Sprinkle half of topping evenly over each loaf. Bake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center of bread comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes.
Cool loves in pans on a rack for 45 minutes, then turn out onto rack and cool completely, about 1 hour.
Note: Get ready for a wickedly amazing smell in the home!