Tuesday Truth #31 – Best ever bread recipe

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately. My life is crazy right now with baby and family health stuff, and I had to go out of town for work last week. Alas, I DO have a post for this week, though, and it revolves around one of the highlights of my life: BREAD! With the leaves changing and cooler weather right around the corner, it’s time for my most favorite recipe to make its appearance. It just never seems to taste as good in the spring or summer–only in the fall. Now I will share it with you. The ingredients are so aromatic, it’s almost like eating potpourri (and actually enjoying it).

Orange Pumpkin Loaf

1 large orange
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped raisins (I like to use golden raisins.)

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

2) Cut orange into wedges, and remove seeds. Place orange, peel and all, in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped; set aside.

3) In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the pumpkin, water, and the ground orange. Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Stir into batter just until moistened. Stir in nuts and raisins. Spoon into the prepared loaf pan.

3) Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes, then remove from pan, and cool on a wire rack.

Hope you enjoy it!

~Kelli


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