Dear readers, I bequeath to you today-the newest addition to my mad scientist experimentation in the kitchen- One of the most divine pumpkin breads you may ever taste. Not to toot my own horn, but it came out pretty awesome on the very first try. Toot toot! Better yet, this recipe has a streusel topping and I have yet to meet a hater of zee streusel.
Before I begin, I just want to tell you how much I love pumpkin. I love pumpkin so much that I would wear one on my head if I thought it would benefit me. Pumkin Latte’s, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Candles, Pumpkin 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- but only in the fall. Something funny happens to me after Thanksgiving where all my love for pumpkin goes right out the window and I don’t want to see, taste, or smell another pumpkin anything for another 365 days. I’m just weird like that.
So here it is, my newest creation- Dun, dun, dun, dunnnnnnnn……..
- Makes 2 large loafs or 6 mini loaves
- Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Ingredients: The Bread
- 3 1/2 Cups Flour
- 2 Tsp. Baking Soda
- 1 1/2 Tsp. Salt
- 3 Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1/2 Cup Applesauce (any flavor will do, I prefer Cinnamon)
- 1 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 4 Large Eggs
- 2/3 Cup Water
- 1 (15 Oz) Can Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling, pumpkin puree)
Ingredients: The Streusel
- 1/2 Cup Flour
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts (Any you prefer, I used Walnuts. Pecans would work great too)
- 1 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
- Half Stick (1/4 Cup) Salted Butter- Melted.
- In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk together-set aside.
- In large bowl mix together oil and applesauce. Stir in granulated and brown sugars, mix until incorporated. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg then add pumpkin puree and mix well. Last, add the water and stir until just combine. *I used a hand mixer for this step and the next step.
- Next, incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients by the cupful. You don’t want to add too much dry ingredient at once, or you will create lumps in your dough. After each cup, mix until just incorporated. Set aside once complete.
- Grab a small bowl for your streusel and add brown sugar, flour, nuts and cinnamon. Mix until combined.
- Melt butter in microwave then add to streusel mixture, stirring with a spoon. You streusel should look like wet sand.
- Grease your loaf pans then distribute dough evenly amongst them. Sprinkle tops with streusel.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes. Length of cooking is dependent on your oven, bread is done cooking when toothpick inserted comes out clean.