I probably will not see my grandsons this month, so I decided to send them a surprise package!  It includes several fun items for a two and four year old, and I decided to include a loaf of pumpkin bread.  I formulated this recipe years and years ago and I make it every year…often, because it is a favorite…simple and delicious.  No frills…and, a warning, it does include sugar!I have cooked this bread so much, that I rarely measure the ingredients.  But, basically here is what I do:

3 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons of soda

1 1/2 teasoons of salt

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon Saigon Cinnamon (for a richer flavor)

1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1 cup vegetable oil (I use a blend with Canola Oil)

4 eggs

2/3 cup water

2 cups canned or roasted pumpkin

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 tsp real vanilla

I mix the dry ingredients together and set aside.  Then I mix the pumpkin, oil, sugar, eggs, water and vanilla. Add the dry.  Divide into two loaf pants and bake at 350 for 1 hour.  See…really simple.It is moist and delicious.  I wrapped one loaf and prepared it with the rest of my surprise package for the boys.If I call the loaf Pumpkin Cake, the boys eat it.  If I call it Pumpkin bread, they are not interested…it is all the marketing, right?  Would anyone else like to share ideas for special packages for grandchildren!  Please do…..then…

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