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Traditional Pumpkin Bread

3 c. sugar
1 c. oil
3 eggs
2 c. canned pumpkin
1 c. walnuts (optional)
3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg

Blend oil, sugar and eggs. Stir in pumpkin. Add shifted dry ingredients. Stir in walnuts (optional). Put in greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Allow to cool.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

3 cups white sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
4 eggs
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

In large bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin, oil, water, and eggs. Beat until smooth. Blend in flour, spices, soda, and salt. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Grease and flour three 1 pound size coffee cans or three 9 x 5 inch loaf pans. Fill cans 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour, or until an inserted knife comes out clean. Cool on wire racks before removing from cans or pans. Wrap in cellophane once completely cooled. Makes 3 loaf pans.

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Bread - Half Moon Bay, CA. Bake-off Winner
Makes 3 loaves

3 c Sugar, granulated
3 1/2 c Flour, all-purpose
1/2 t Salt
2 t Baking soda
1 t Cinnamon
1 t Nutmeg
4 lg. Eggs
1 c Vegetable oil
2 c Pumpkin (cooked)
2/3 c Water
1 1/2 c Walnuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter your containers well. Sift the dry ingredients together into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add the eggs, oil, pumpkin and water. Beat thoroughly. It's easier to get all the lumps out if you use an electric mixer. Stir in the walnuts with a wooden spoon.

Pour the batter into the containers, filling each only half to two-thirds full. Bake for 60-90 minutes, depending on the sizes of your containers. If you're using a very small container, start checking much sooner. The bread is done when a toothpick in the middle comes out clean. Cool about ten minutes, then loosen the edges of the bread with a knife, and turn out of the pans to cool the rest of the way on a rack. For baking containers, you can use a loaf pan, metal cans, or whatever. If you use 1-pound coffee cans, it takes three of them. For tiny loaves, use soup cans or mini loaf pans.

Biscuits & Muffins

Delicious Pumpkin Biscuits

1 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/3 cup butter, cold
3/4 cup pureed pumpkin (cooked or canned)
3/4 cup milk

Sift flour into mixing bowl. Stir in remaining dry ingredients. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Stir in pumpkin and milk to form a soft dough. Roll out on floured surface to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out biscuits with biscuit cutter. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 24 to 30 biscuits, depending on dough texture and cutter size.

Pumpkin Muffins

3-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 large eggs
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups pumpkin
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, butter 3-inch muffin pan generously. In a small bowl, combine pumpkin, vanilla, eggs, oil and sugar. Sift flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt. Combine wet and dry ingredients, beat until smooth. Add raisins. Pour batter into greased muffin pan, filling each cup 2/3 full. Bake for 30 minutes until lightly browned.

Pumpkin Corn Muffins
(Makes 12 muffins)

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup Yellow Corn Meal
1/3 cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups Pure Pumpkin
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil

PREHEAT oven to 375F. Grease or paper-line 12 muffin cups. COMBINE flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Beat eggs, pumpkin, milk and vegetable oil in medium bowl until combined. Add to flour mixture; mix thoroughly. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.  BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm.


Pumpkin Butter

1 can (15 oz.) pure pumpkin
1 medium apple, peeled and grated
1 cup apple juice
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Combine pumpkin, apple, apple juice, sugar and pumpkin pie spice in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 hours. Serve with buttermilk biscuits, breads, corn muffins or hot cereal. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Pumpkin Dip

2 packages of cream cheese (softened)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 can pumpkin
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar together in mixer. Add pumpkin and spices and blend well. Use ginger snaps to dip.

Pumpkin Jam

1 each Medium Pumpkin
4 LB Sugar
4 each Lemons
4 each Oranges

Cut up and dice 1 medium pumpkin For 2 bowls of pumpkin use 1 bowl of sugar. Cut up 4 lemons and 4 oranges. Combine pumpkin, lemon and orange and cover with the sugar. Let stand over night. Next day, mix well and cook until pumpkin is clear. Pack in sterile jars and seal immediately.

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