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Its still Summer and hot here in the Midwest, but something about the start of school makes me start thinking of Fall and baking. Today I decided to make pumpkin bread. I wanted a really moist bread. I also wanted to incorporate healthy ingredients like white whole wheat flour and olive oil. The recipe that I made is a healthier alternative and is super moist pumpkin bread.
Ingredients for a Healthier Pumpkin Bread
Of course, the primary ingredient is pumpkin. In a perfect world, I would book raw pumpkin and make my puree from scratch. But, with my limited time, it is a lot quicker and easier to use canned pumpkin.
I am trying to use more whole wheat flours in my recipes. My favorite is white whole wheat flour. It is ground from white Spring wheat and has a lighter color and flavor and a finer texture than regular whole wheat flour.
For this moist pumpkin bread recipe, I used a mix of white whole wheat and all-purpose flours.
Most recipes will use butter in baked goods, but again for a healthier recipe, substituting olive oil helps decrease the saturated fat in the recipe.
I cut back on sugar and brown sugar in this recipe. I did add a tablespoon of molasses which adds a depth of flavor to the bread.
Spices take the lead in this recipe. I added pumpkin pie spice as well as cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. For an extra touch, I chopped candied ginger and sprinkled on top with a crumb topping.
Steps for Making Moist Bread
This recipe is super easy. Dry ingredients including flours, baking soda, salt, and spices are combine and mixed.
Wet ingredients including pumpkin, eggs, olive oil, sugars, molasses, and vanilla are combined in a bowl.
The dry ingredient mixture is added to the bowl with the wet ingredients and mixed until just combined.
This recipe makes enough for two 8 or 9-inch loaves. Spray loaf pans with cooking spray. I use an olive oil cooking spray. If I don't have cooking spray on hand then I line the pan with parchment paper.
Both work equally well to prevent sticking, but the parchment paper makes for easier cleanup.
Bake the moist bread in a 350-degree preheated oven. Depending on your oven, the cooking time may range from 40-50 minutes. I checked every 5 minutes until a toothpick was mostly clean when removed from the center of the loaf.
Cook, slice and enjoy!
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