Hopefully you’re not getting sick of pumpkin recipes yet! If you are, let me apologize now, because I’ll probably be cooking with pumpkin until Christmas (at least). I wait all year for the few precious months when I can bake and cook with pumpkin, and I take full advantage of it when the time comes.
I also get excited about cranberries each year, so when I saw them for the first time at the store last week, I picked up a few bags. For every bag I plan to use, I usually buy one for the freezer. After the holidays, I typically have enough cranberries in my freezer to last me through July (at least).
So, when I had the urge to do some baking earlier this week, I decided to make one of my favorite pumpkin bread recipes for breakfast. The recipe comes from the Simply in Season cookbook, a gift from my mom a few years ago. Because my hubby doesn’t share my love of all things pumpkin, I halved the recipe and made only one loaf. I also used all whole wheat flour instead of part all purpose flour (and made a few other changes to accommodate). Finally, I decided to add cranberries for an extra special breakfast treat!
Cranberry Nut Pumpkin Bread
(Adapted from Simply in Season)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat white flour
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 cup cranberries
- 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- Additional brown sugar and wheat germ for sprinkling on top
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour a 9-inch loaf pan and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, wheat germ, sugars, baking soda, salt, and spices. Make a well in the center, and add the pumpkin puree, eggs, and oil. Mix just until all of the dry ingredients are moistened. Add the cranberries and pecans and stir to incorporate into the batter.
Spread the batter in the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with some additional brown sugar and wheat germ. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool slightly on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove the loaf from the pan, and then cool completely on a wire rack.