I thought I'd try another component to garden blogging - a recipe share! Since we are in the home stretch of Christmas preparations, I wanted to share the family recipe for my Grandmother's pumpkin bread - my holiday favorite. I thought this recipe was lost forever, and lo, it fell out of an old cookbook as a piece of loose leaf paper. I figured the best way to preserve it is to share it!
In one large bowl (Kitchen Aid mixing bowl works well), mix the following ingredients:
3 cups sugar
3 1/3 cups of flour
1 cup vegetable shortening
2/3 cup of water
2 cups canned pumpkin (Libby's is the best)
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves
1 cup walnuts (optional)
Mix components together slowly in Kitchen Aid mixer. The batter will be thick and heavy, so make sure the mixer and the bowl are anchored securely. Grease 6 mini-loaf pans or 2 larger loaf pans and cook at 350 for approximately 45 minutes. Check the bread at 30 minutes and test with toothpick at the 45 minute mark. Cook another 10-15 minutes as needed if batter is still gooey. Let cool for about 20 minutes. Refrigerate after cooling. Mini-loaves can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen if desired.