Thanksgiving is a time fondly known for family and friends, generosity and gratitude, and last but not least – pumpkin pie. As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a fan of pumpkin pie. But since the people I love happen to enjoy all pumpkin-infused sweets, I thought I would bake pumpkin bread as pre-treat to Thanksgiving’s customary pumpkin pie ritual.
Ingredients needed: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour,1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon,1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 cup solid pack pumpkin puree, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 2 tablespoons of softened butter, 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large bowl.
Then mix in the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, buttermilk, egg and butter until well blended.
Pour into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan. Make sure you grease it well or you’ll have a difficult time getting it out after it bakes.
Smooth the top. Bake for about 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool.
In a bowl, add 2 cups of powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of buttermilk, and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Mix well until completely smooth.
Generously pour frosting onto bread. Using an icing spatula or spoon cover the top of the bread. Make sure you put a paper towel or parchment paper under the bread to catch any frosting that spills over.
Let the icing firm. Then slice and serve.
The pumpkin buttermilk bread is incredibly moist. The flavors of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon are perfectly balanced by the sweet frosting.
The pumpkin bread was so delicious – even I wanted to gobble it up!
While we all embrace looking the idea of looking our best as we gather to celebrate the holiday – say “cheese” everyone – looking prim and acting proper quickly goes out the door along with our good diet intentions after that second helping of our favorite dish. Besides the aforementioned list, Thanksgiving should also be a time to embrace stylish sweatpants and elastic waistbands. Why can’t one enjoy another slice of pie and still look and feel good? I want to stuff my closet’s belly with these crave-worthy choices: