The original recipe card has long since been lost to the ages, so I have no idea of the provenance of this recipe, only that my mother has been making this pumpkin bread every fall since I was a wee little meringue myself. I copied her card.
I present the original recipe in full first: I'll detail the changes I made afterward.
(makes 2 9" x 5" loaves)
- 2/3 cup softened butter
- 2 2/3 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 2/3 cup water
- 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp each ground cinnamon and cloves
- 2/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 2/3 cup golden raisins (optional)
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and spices. Gradually add to pumpkin mixture. Stir in the walnuts and raisins, if using.
Divide between two greased 9" x 5" loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. (Not that I ever actually use a toothpick. I was given a cake tester as a gift, but before that, I usually used a single dry spaghetti noodle. Worked great!)
Mini Loaf Changes
- I halved the recipe, which yielded enough batter for four 6" x 3 1/2" loaves, with a baking time of 30 minutes. If you don't see yourself baking many mini breads, just get a pack of disposable tins like the ones I used--there were eight in the package, and you can keep them in the tin for easier transport if you plan on giving any away.
- I used butternut squash puree instead of pumpkin--no big deal either way, I have bags of both in my freezer. Canned pumpkin is fine, it's what the recipe was written for, but I tend to roast my own in the fall and freeze the excess to use for things just like this.
- The glaze is just powdered sugar and water, I didn't measure. Add the water a little at a time until you get a good, spreadable consistency, then spoon some on your cooled loaves and watch it all try to run over the sides!
- The almonds are just to make them pretty for the camera, because I had some still around--totally unnecessary. Don't feel compelled.