Pumpkin Spice Loaf...

It's the middle of October, which can only mean that pumpkin spice is in again!
This fad has gotten a little out of hand. You can purchase such items as pumpkin spice dog treats, pumpkin spice toothpaste, pumpkin spice hair spray...and now you can even get your pumpkin fix through your very own tube of pumpkin spice lube.

The popularity of pumpkin spice eventually found a place in my recipe box.  After getting not so ripped off on a small pie pumpkin, I decided to give this recipe a try - and it was a big hit! I figured I would share it here for anyone else who has been bitten by the pumpkin spice bug.



Pumpkin Spice Loaf:
(makes two loaves)

Ingredients:
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups pumpkin (pureed)  - see tips below
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs (beaten)
1 cup vegetable oil


Instructions:
-Preheat oven to 350°
-In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and spices. "dry ingredients"
-In a separate bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, eggs, oil and the vanilla "liquid ingredients"

-Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir only until the lumps are gone.
-Spray two 9x5x3 pans with non-stick spray and separate and pour the mixture into the pans.
-OPTIONAL: Sprinkle roasted pumpkin seeds over the top of the mixture.
-Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when poked into the center of the loaf.
-Allow loaf to cool on a cooling rack

Pumpkin Puree:
-Thoroughly wash the outside of the pumpkin

-Remove seeds and cut into quarters (you may keep the seeds to roast and sprinkle on the top of your loaf)
- Boil in a pot until tender (mine took about 20-30 minutes)
-Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly (so you don't burn your fingerprints off like I did)
-Remove skin from pumpkin (should easily peel away from the skin if boiled long enough).
-Mash it all up



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