New England Pumpkin-Walnut Bread Recipe

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ngredients

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • BREAD:
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small skillet, combine oats, sugar and cinnamon; cook and stir over medium heat 4-6 minutes or until oats are toasted. Remove from heat.
  2. For bread, in a large bowl, beat pumpkin, eggs, oil, water, sugar, honey and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and spices; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture. Fold in walnuts.
  3. Transfer to two greased 9×5-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle tops with oat mixture.
  4. Bake 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Editor’s Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
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