Thursday, November 24, 2011

Downeast "Maine" Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips

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Day5 of BM#10: This has been sitting in the draft for months..I think I made it sometime in March when we had just bid adios to winter but not yet to the chill weather. The flowers had just begun to bloom and I was raring to pack off my thick winter jackets and snow boots. One weekend I had gone to my sister's place to meet her and my parents. I didn't want to go empty handed. So I made two of this wonderful loaves. I had taken plenty of pictures and had completely forgotten about it. Since Pumpkin is available in abundance during the Fall and Winter seasons, this can be made in the Winter too. The fact that this had a generous addition of Pumpkin Spice and All-spice makes it winter-appropriate!.

Oh, I simply adore the color of this quick bread. Don't you? The taste was out of this world! My sister took half a loaf to her workplace and they were suggesting to her that I should open a bake shop. I swear I am not making this up. While I accepted their compliments(via my sister) gracefully, I felt that was a bit of an exaggeration. He He..I love to bake but my baking skills have a long long way to go if I am to think along those lines. But thankfully I don't envision opening a baking shop anytime in the future. I will leave that to the serious and passionate bakers. The only time I would think of stepping into a bakeshop is when I would want my sweet-tooth addressed with some seriously fancy desserts. (Base recipe was from Yummly).

Sprintime at my Sister's place-
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Ingredients (For TWO 9X5 inch Loaves):
  • 3-1/2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1-3/4 Cups Pumpkin Puree (made from scratch)
  • 1-1/4 Cups Nestle Toll-house Semi-sweet Chocolate morsels (mini chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Stick Butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 2-1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pumpkin Spice
  • 1/2 Tsp All-spice
  • Cut and cook/pressure cook the pumpkin with very little water until they are fork tender.
  • Important: Drain the water and then puree the cooked chunks until it is smooth and chunk-free.
  • Combine the sugar and the eggs in a wide bowl.
  • Pour the melted butter,oil, water,both the spice powders and salt. Beat it on medium speed until well combined.
  • Pour the  pumpkin puree and mix until combined.
  • Sift the flour along with baking soda. Add this sifted flour in batches to the bowl and gently mix. Throw in mini chocolate chips.
  • Stir the chocolate morsels into the batter.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 9 X 5" loaf pans with aluminum foil and lightly grease it with oil..
  • Bake for 45- 50 minutes or until the toothpick inserted into the center comes clean..
  • Cool and cut the loaf into thick slices. Have it with a warm cup of coffee or tea.

Makes TWO 9 X 5 inch Loaves

  • If you have some leftover pumpkin puree, you can freeze it for a few months. Else you can substitute this puree for the Squash Puree in making Pumpkin Pancakes. The picture below is a Butternut Squash Pancake recipe I posted sometime ago.
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  1. Woww.. looks super soft and tempting.. awesome pictures too.. Yummy !!
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  2. such a delicious bread...looks beautifully baked

  3. Bread looks absolutely yummy... love the clicks.

  4. Wonderful bread... Quite a lot of flavour going in there..:)
    Immensely reflects the flavour of this season.. too good..:)

  5. its a gastronomical delight.. :-) lovely crisp clicks CL ! I have never used pumpkin puree to cook, and am not sure if its gonna be the same without eggs, but I am willing to try...any suggestions on what will be a good substitute for eggs in this recipe dear?

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  6. Bread looks seriously divine,with those chocolate chips yumm,feel like having a slice.

  7. Awesome!!Can u suggest me a substitute for eggs?I am really eager to try this one..

  8. Colorful and creative..I loved the recipe and your classic clicks..Thanks.

  9. The combo sounds delicious..beautiful and tempting

  10. wow..that looks like a perfect loaf of bread..yum

  11. Yummy pumpkin bread. looks soft , i can imagine how it will taste with choco chips. I am wondering when i am going to do al these?

  12. the cake looks totally yum!....howz it going BTW!....keeping Bz i guess!

  13. Yum yum,just drooling over that fabulous bread..

  14. Thats a beautiful loaf, love pumpkin and chocolate!

  15. Very interesting recipe...liked the decor as well

  16. @Kalyani: 1.Using Flaxseed meal would be a great option.
    2.Also Banana + Cornstarch is an equally great option. I made this with eggs so I don't know for sure, but here is my suggestion-

    2 Eggs(Each loaf calls for 2 eggs) can be substituted with Pulp of 1 Banana and 2 Tbsp Cornstarch. Try it and don't get mad if it doesn't turn out well. ;)

  17. PJ: I recommended something for Kalyani. You may try that as well!

  18. Wow looks so yummy. I could just eat it off the screen.

  19. I absolutely love the color and texture of that loaf. Should try an eggless version though.


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