Let me tell you about the wonder that is pumpkin loaf. It’s perfectly textured, just weighty enough to satisfy you, and a touch of sweetness from the simple glaze. It’s perfect. Best of all, no one truly knows how to classify it. Some would claim dessert, but I proclaim it’s breakfast, it’s a snack, and it just might fill the little hole in your heart telling you that summer is gone forever. (Okay, it really is dessert. How you go about indulging is up to you.)
Pumpkin is so good for that. Bob and I spent a good portion of this past Sunday forgetting summer. We had my best friend over, and we all took responsibility for one dessert. Granted, Bob made this one. I’m writing about it simply because I loved it. I crushed it.
What’s interesting to me is that the recipe for this one didn’t integrate traditional pumpkin pie spices to compliment our fresh puree. We briefly puzzled over this and decided its something we definitely wanted to do. In went cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Out came glazed slices of heaven.
- 2½ (250grams) cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp fresh ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp salt
- ¾ cup melted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 400 ml pumpkin puree
- 3 large eggs (room temperature)
- ⅔ cup ucing (powder) sugar
- 1 tbsp water or milk
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Grease & flour two 8.5x4.5 loaf pans.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together brown and granulated sugar, melted butter, pumpkin puree, and eggs.
- Once mixed, add flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt, mixing until combined.
- Evenly divide batter among loaf pans.
- Bake for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out nearly clean.
- Let loaves cool on wire rack 10-15 minutes before glazing.
- For the glaze, combine sugar and water, stirring until mixed. If the glaze too runny, add more icing sugar, if too thick, add more water.
- Spread glaze on loafs, and allow to set at least 10 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Liv for Cake.
Make this one, you won’t regret it. Eat extra slices, maybe your significant other won’t miss it. (That’s my theory…)