Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you all enjoy this time to celebrate with Jack O' Lanterns, Costumes, Candy, and Trick or Treating as well. I love this time of year, anytime to step out of the ordinary and celebrate the extraordinary actually. In preparation for a busy afternoon and evening I made some soups: Chicken Matzo Ball and Green Potato. What could be better to accompany these than some sweet and spicy Pumpkin Bread?
And I had a thought. Why not combine two of my favorite things from this time of year: Pumpkin and Chai? Today is just the day to give it a try. Instead of using the standard spice combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, I'm going to substitute a very spicy Chai blend.
All that's stopping me from this task is waiting on another egg. Maybe if I bribe the girls with their own pumpkin celebration I'll get that egg earlier??????
Pumpkin Chai Bread
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 3/4 cup sugar OR LESS
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup pumpkin purée
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 teaspoon chai blend OR 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) chopped walnuts OR MORE
2 Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the nuts.
3 Pour into a well-buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until a thin skewer poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and let cool on a rack.
Can easily double the recipe.