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When my husband and I were first married and looking for our first home, we spent more time shopping for a town than a house. We have never regretted our decision. It is a great small town.
Our first street was U shaped, so sort of a cul-de-sac but not quite. It was a great street with great neighbors. One of our neighbors came over and brought us some pumpkin bread. She also gave me the recipe! I still use it today because it is so good and makes your house smell like heaven, thus explaining the title of this post. As a matter of fact, my husband's car had a cracked windshield, and the repair couple came today to fix it in our driveway. When I opened the door to sign the paperwork, they started raving about the smell (and maybe hinting a little, and I would have given them some if I had actually thought of it while they were here - I'm a little slow sometimes).
Without further ado:
Makes one 9x5 inch loaf
1 1/2 C flour
1 C packed brown sugar
1 C pumpkin (I used canned)
1/2 C (thus one stick) butter (unsalted is better IMO), softened
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda (get mixed up between the two? have no fear, you need equal amounts of both!)
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground cloves
1/2 t ground ginger
Throw all ingredients in a large bowl and beat until well mixed.
Pour into a greased 9 x 5 inch baking pan (grease it with the wrapper from the stick of butter you used - easy!)
Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes - check center with a toothpick
Cool in pan on a wire rack.
We are expecting lots of fun next week here in the Northeast - a hurricane mixed with snow? So I am doing some baking this weekend to make myself feel better because I most likely will be dealing with no power (and let's hope nothing worse than that) for a few days.