Pumpkin Spice Bread | Dairy and Egg Free

It’s September, people!  Time to break out homemade bread, chili, apple pie, and anything with pumpkin.  I heart fall.  So many people I know hate fall because it means the end of warm weather.  Who cares?  Heat is overrated.  Bring on the leaves!  And sweaters!  And pumpkins!

Um, there are a lot of exclamation points in that paragraph.  Sorry.  I just LOVE fall.  And this recipe is perfect for everyone else like me who wants to get this fall thing started.  Pumpkin bread with a full compliment of warm spices, plus it’s dairy and egg free!  Mmmm…

Just eating this makes me feel like I need a sweater and a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace.  Except it’s 75 degrees out today.  But if I crank up the A/C, it would be cold enough in here for a sweater and hot chocolate.  Tom won’t mind the bill that comes after that.

Pumpkin Spice Bread - Dairyland Mashup

Pumpkin Spice Bread

1 c. unbleached all-purpose flour

3/4 c. whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

3/4 c. packed light brown sugar

1 c. pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1/2 c. olive oil

3 Tbsp. maple syrup

3 Tbsp. water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9x5x3″ loaf pan with cooking spray or olive oil.  Combine dry ingredients (flour through ground cloves) in a medium sized bowl, whisk thoroughly, and make a well in the middle.  Combine brown sugar and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk to combine.  Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until combined.  Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Recipe notes: You really do have to let the bread cool completely before slicing, or it will be a crumbly mess!  Also, this bread tends to get very moist if it’s stored in a completely airtight bag, so give it a little breathing room by wrapping it in foil instead.  This bread freezes beautifully.

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