1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz./113g) unsalted butter or margarine
1 cup granulated sugar (may use a combination of white and brown sugar to equal 1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree
1/2 cup milk or orange juice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans and/or raisins or chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350º F/180 degrees C. Butter and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients and blend together. Add eggs and vanilla to creamed mixture, beat well. Add dry ingredients, pumpkin and milk (or orange juice). Mix until well blended. Gently stir in chopped nuts, raisins or chocolate chips (or a combination of these), if using. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Remove bread from pan and allow to cool completely before serving or storing.
Makes 1 (9 x 5-inch) loaf, 10 servings.
Date: September 19, 2006