November 20, 2012

vegan pumpkin loaf

There's nothing like a crisp, sunny fall day.  I love fall in our city.  I raked the leaves this weekend and got the garden ready for winter, and it just made me so happy.

When I think of fall I think of the leaves turning, of Thanksgiving and of pumpkin-related desserts.  Like pumpkin bread.  Here's my favourite pumpkin bread recipe.

mixing the flour, sugar and pumpkin pie spices
ready to be popped into the oven!

Vegan Pumpkin Loaf
adapted from Joy The Baker

Makes 2 loaves


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree, or just under two cups
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup water
1 small handful of any kind of nuts you have on hand (I had slivered almonds)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place a rack in the center of the oven.  Grease and flour two loaf pans (mine are 8x4x2) and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flours, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
In a medium bowl, carefully whisk together pumpkin puree, oil, applesauce, maple syrup and water.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and use a spatula to fold all of the ingredients together.  Make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl well, finding any stray flour bits to mix in.  
Divide the dough between the two greased pans and sprinkle with some nuts.  Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove from the oven.  Let rest in the pans for 20 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack.
Serve warm, perhaps with some Earl Grey tea with milk. Enjoy!
(I usually wrap one loaf up in plastic wrap and store in the freezer for later.  To unfreeze, simple remove the loaf from the freezer and place it in the fridge until it thaws.  Then remove it from the fridge and place it on the counter until it comes to room temperature.)

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