Makeovers were always one of my favorite hobbies. Grandmothers, my brother and my friends were often subjected to the full-on hair/make-up/wardrobe special. Now I subject recipes to the same special treatment!
My mom sent me a recipe for pumpkin bread and, of course, I couldn’t leave it as is. I cut down on the sugar and butter. I also added in a pumpkin butter topping. If you swirl the pumpkin butter into the top of the loaf it melts in and tastes amazing.
1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
½ tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup applesauce
½ stick butter, melted
½ can pure pumpkin puree
½ cup pumpkin butter (see recipe below)
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
- Mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, salt, cinnamon and cloves) in a small bowl.
- Now mix the wet ingredients (eggs, syrup, applesauce, butter and pumpkin- hold off on the pumpkin butter for now!) in a larger bowl.
- Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well.
- Pour the mixture into your loaf pan and swirl the pumpkin butter on top.
- Bake at 350F until a toothpick comes out dry- about an hour.
- Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes.
You can see how the pumpkin butter melts into the top of the bread. So good! I also added a layer of pumpkin butter in the middle of loaf, and you can kind of see it, but I don't think it added much to the bread and I would take it out for next time.
1 can pure pumpkin puree
3/4 cup apple juice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Juice of half a lemon
- Combine pumpkin, apple juice, spices and maple syrup in a large saucepan. Mix well and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and place lid on loosely; simmer for 35-40 minutes stirring frequently.
- Remove from heat and add lemon juice.
- Cool and store in fridge for up to 3 weeks!
Yum. I've never had store bought pumpkin butter, so I can't compare, but this is amazing. Tomorrow it will be going in my oatmeal. It would also taste good on plain toast. I added more apple juice than the original recipe called for and it has just a hint of apple flavor, which is really brought out by the lemon. I tasted the butter before I added in the lemon and it was way to sweet for my liking, but the flavors balanced out once I mixed it in.
(Pumpkin Butter recipe adapted from Oh She Glows)