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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

holiday favorites

our thanksgiving menu included turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatos, sweet potato casserole, garlic sauteed green beans, broccoli casserole, rice, homemade biscuits, pound cake, cranberry blondies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce. family and friends contributed a yummy pumpkin/ginger trifle, chocolate pecan pie, veggies with dip, chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies.

i featured the pumpkin bread in my thanksgiving post and have had a few questions and requests for the recipe. it is more like cake because it is heavenly moist. a simple, delicious and easy to throw together recipe anyone could enjoy. this bread transitions nicely into the Christmas season also. i have made it in small loaf pans wrapped it in cellophane with a pretty ribbon around it and it makes a great neighbor/friend gift.
do you have a favorite seasonal food? is it something you make or is it something someone else makes? for some reason this is the only time of year i make this yummy bread.
i hope you try it and like it as much as we do.

Set oven to 325
grease the bottom of two loaf pans
2c of (I prefer fresh) pumpkin or 1 16 oz. can
2 c sugar
2/3 c butter softened
1/2 c water
3 eggs
2 1/2 c flour
2 t soda
1 t salt
1 t cinnamon*
1/2 t ground cloves*
2/3 c chopped nuts
2/3 c chopped raisins
* can substitute 2 t pumpkin pie spice

In a large bowl combine pumpkin, sugar, butter, water, eggs.
Beat 1 minute on medium speed.
Mix together flour, soda, salt, spices --
Beat 1 minute at medium speed -- stir in raisins and nuts.
Pour into pans.
Bake at 325 for 50-60 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan, then on rack to completely cool.


  1. You have pomegranates! That beautiful picture made me homesick. My grandmother grew them, along with many other wonderful treats. (How I miss munching cherries off her backyard tree.) I'm not sure I'd have the patience now to eat the poms, though.

  2. You been slacking on the posts. I guess since it is your Birthday this week you get a pass. ;)

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!

    Hope some enjoy the punpkin bread recipe. I don't like anything punpkin unfortunately. :(

    How about passing that pound cake recipe on to my wife?? Why haven't I thought of this before??

  3. sophie: if i BUY pomegranates at publix does that mean i have pomegranates? LOL
    i have a hard time with mustering the patience to eat them even as wonderful as they taste - lots of work.

    nt: you are right- i haven't been home though. trying to get to it tonight after another day away today.

    since the pound cake recipe was your great-grandmothers it really does need to be passed along to keep it in the family.


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