Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Day 277: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Since canned pumpkin has been a little hard to find, and very expensive it you can find it, I've been making my own pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins.  I have a dozen bags in the freezer that I've been itching to try.  I found this bread recipe on the Internet, and it is supposed to be a knock off of Kneader's version.  Since I've never been to Kneader's, I can't vouch for how authentic it is, but I can vouch for its yummyness!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
10" dutch oven

3 1/3 cups unbleached all purpose Flour
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp Cinnamon
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 2/3 cups Sugar
2/3 cups Softened Butter
4 whole Eggs
1 pound (or 1 30oz can or 2 15oz cans) Mashed Pumpkin
2/3 cups Water
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Cream sugar and butter until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Add the mashed pumpkin and mix well. Whisk the dry ingredients together and add to the pumpkin mixture alternating with water. Fold in chocolate chips.

Pour into three well greased dutch ovens and bake at 350° for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.  Use 1 ring on the top and 1 ring on the bottom.  Allow to cool completely before cutting.

**This makes three 10" loaves.  I cooked 2 in my dutch ovens and 1 in my kitchen.  I haven't tried baking a larger loaf in a 12" dutch oven, but it should work!**

The Finished Product

The Review

This is really good pumpkin bread.  I doubt its as good as Kneader's, but it is definitely delicious.  Those 3 loaves didn't even last until dinner time.  The bread is very soft.  So soft that it is a little hard to handle and cut.  I would wait until its completely cool before cutting it.  Also, the chocolate chips stuck to the bottom of the pot, so next time I'll use parchment paper on the very bottom of the pan (don't run it up the sides or the sides will be lumpy and ugly).  We all loved this and gave it an A.

1 comment:

  1. I made about 5 of these last year, for fun, Thanksgiving(2) and Christmas(2). They were more popular than the other baked items at the family events (Moist and exactly what pumpkin and chocolate should be) and no leftovers were contended with.

    Best part is I didn't have to share my small kitchen with all the gals on the biggest cooking days of the year, just did it all in my back yard.


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