It's a great day for baking. The weather is crisp and cool. When the feeling of summer fades it's fun to make more quiche, soups and breads.
There are a number of people in my life who stopped by to give me really special gifts this week to celebrate my birthday. I am so thankful for each and every one. And, my kids were especially good to me.
Among them is this beautiful bread tray a friend gave me as a gift. It's perfect for serving home made bread in.
I don't teach on Friday's which is a blessing because I have a chance to catch up around the house and get some baking done. Just in case you feel like baking this weekend here is my recipe for "Patti's Pumpkin Bread"--I got this recipe years ago as a gift from a friend of mine. Enjoy!
Patti's Pumpkin Bread
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice (you can also put together your own combination of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon)
1 tsp salt
3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 (15 ounce can) pumpkin puree
1/2 cup water
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9 x5 inch loaf pans. Sift together the flour, powder, soda, salt and spice mixture and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, oil, eggs and pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture alternately with water. Divide batter evenly between the pans.
3. Bake for approximately 55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center.