Today is the first official day of Fall (also known as the equinox). Its the astronomical start of fall in the Northern hemisphere, and Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. The earth is in alignment with the sun directly above the Earth’s equator which means equal day and night…it’s still hot here in Hotlanta, but the promise of cool, fresh fall is in the air (hopefilly!!)
It’s also time for fall festivals and home baking with our favorite recipes, using pumpkins, squashes and apples – which makes this a favorite time of year for me. So, to celebrate I thought to share one of my favorite recipes (shared by a friend when I first came to the American South). Hope you enjoy! Happy Fall baking…. Let the season begin….
Pumpkin Bread (makes 2 loaves)
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose Flour (sifted)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp fresh nutmeg (or ½ tsp ground)
- 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1tsp salt
- 4 large eggs (room temperature and beaten)
- 3 cups sugar
- 2 cups canned pumpkin (or cooked fresh pumpkin)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (8 fluid oz) vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 large size loaf pans.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg and ginger (unless you are using fresh ginger).
- In a large cake mixer or bowl beat the eggs and sugar. Add the pumpkin, oil, beating well to combine. Slowly add in the remaining dry ingredients.
- Pour batter in to prepared pans. Bake for 1 hour in the center rack in the oven or until skewer inserted in the center of bread comes out clean.
- Cool slightly before removing bread from tin and finish cooling on a wire wrack.
Judith the Irish foodie