Happy Friday! I can’t believe that Christmas is only 11 days away! I am horribly unprepared this year. I have just begun shopping, nothing is wrapped yet, & we have holiday parties almost every night. I only managed to get the inside of the house decorated, the outside decorations & lights are still in boxes in the living room. Does anyone else have years where nothing seems to come together? This is my favorite time of year & I’ve decided to just embrace the chaos & enjoy the time with friends, family, & co-workers.
We had our annual Rotary Holiday Potluck this week & I made my mother’s pumpkin bread for it. Pumpkin bread was a holiday staple around my house when I was growing up & I still love it when my mom makes a few extra loaves for me. This recipe easy to make (if I can make it, anyone can), travels well, & is always a hit at parties. You can’t beat that for a holiday recipe!
Pumpkin Tea Bread
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 stick butter or margarine
1/2 can pumpkin
1/3 cup water
1 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup raisins
5 disposable mini loaf pans (5 1/2 in x 3 1/3 in.)
Preheat oven to 350.
Soften the butter slightly (apx. 15 sec on high).
Cream the sugar into the butter.
Mix sugar/butter, eggs, pumpkin, & water in a large bowl.
Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, & nutmeg in a smaller bowl.
Add flour mixture to sugar mixture a little at time & stir mixtures together.
Stir in pecans & raisins.
Fill 5 mini loaf pans 1/2 full.
Bake at 350 for 45 min. to 1 hour. Bread is done when a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool on cutting board or cooling rack.