Introduction: Family Famous Festive Pumpkin Bread
Uh-oh, you forgot didn’t you? The fall festival is tonight. You know, the party where you said you would bring a fall themed desert? Yep, yeah, that one, it’s tonight. I know, I know, it can be hard to keep track of things in college. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered, because you have just discovered the best fall recipe ever. This instruction set will take you through the process of making the most delicious pumpkin bread step-by-step. It is so easy to follow that anyone can make it, no matter how much experience you have! While this recipe does take about two hours to make, it is well worth it in the end. This pumpkin bread is guaranteed to be the best thing at your fall festival. By the end of the night everyone will have asked you how you did it, so don’t forget to give them this.
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Step 1: Ingredients
- 4 cups of canned pumpkin (2 29 oz. cans of Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin)
- 4 cups of granulated sugar
- 5 cups of flour
- 1 cup of canola oil
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 4 teaspoons of baking soda
Step 2: Materials
- Large mixing bowl (4 quart)
- Wooden spoon (optional)
- Rubber spatula
- 3 Bread loaf pans (8”x4”)
- 3 hot pads
- PAM (or any other cooking spray, crisco is acceptable substitute)
- Convection or conventional oven
- Oven owner’s manual
- Oven mitts (2)
- Measuring cups (size - 1 cup/8oz.)
- Measuring spoons
- Can Opener
- Can Opener instructions (optional)
- Serrated knife
- Cutting board
- Paper towels
- A smile and lots of fall spirit
(See image for all ingredients and materials needed)
Step 3: Safety Warnings
- Warning: If the serrated knife is handled improperly it can result in injury.
- Warning: The oven can cause serious burns if oven mitts are not used when removing the loaf pans.
- Warning: The edge of the can (containing pumpkin) will be sharp after opening.
Step 4: Instructions
1. Find a space in the kitchen that is big enough for you for you to work. The space should be at least 4 feet by 4 feet.
2. Make sure that your sink is empty of all other dishes.
3. Wash your hands before beginning.
4. Leaving an open space in the middle of your designated work space, place the large bowl, measuring cups, measuring spoons, rubber spatula, and all listed ingredients on the counter.
5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. (Follow the appliance owner’s manual for instructions on how to perform this function on your particular oven.)
6. Use the can opener to open both cans of the canned pumpkin.
7. To remove the lid slide your spatula under the lid to lift it up. (See first image).
8. After you have lifted up the lid, grab it firmly in the middle.
9. Throw away the lid.
10. Place the 1 Cup measuring cup in center of open workspace.
11. With one hand hold the open pumpkin can just above the measuring cup (2”- 4” above the brim of the measuring cup).
12. Using the rubber spatula slowly scrape the pumpkin contents into the measuring cup by moving your wrist from side to side in gentle motions.
13. Continue until measuring cup is full but not overflowing or mounded above the brim of the cup.
14. Empty the contents of measuring cup into the bowl, using the spatula if needed.
15. Repeat steps 7 through 11 three more times for a total of four cups of pumpkin
16. Rinse the measuring cup in the sink until free of ingredient.
17. Using paper towels, thoroughly dry the measuring cup and place back on the counter.
18. Place the sugar bag in the middle of the counter.
19. Use one hand to hold the bag open and the other to hold the measuring cup.
20. Dip the measuring cup into the bag and scoop the sugar into the cup so it is filled to the top.
21. Pour the contents of the measuring cup into the bowl.
22. Repeat steps 16-19 three more times for a total of four cups of sugar.
23. Pour the canola oil into the measuring cup so it is filled and then pour the contents into the bowl.
24. With the rubber spatula/wooden spoon mix together all of the ingredients. (See second image).
25. Repeat steps 14-19 with the bag of flour until five cups of flour
have been added to the bowl.
26. Place the measuring cup into the sink to be washed later.
27. With one hand, hold the 1 teaspoon over the bowl (2”- 4” above the brim of the bowl) and with the other grasp the container of ground cinnamon.
28. Slowly pour the cinnamon into the teaspoon until the amount of cinnamon is level with the brim of the spoon.
29. Empty the contents of the spoon into the bowl.
30. With the container of ground cloves, repeat steps 25-27.
31. With the container of salt, repeat steps 25-27.
32. With the container of baking soda, repeat step 25-27 four times, resulting in four teaspoons of baking soda being added to the bowl. (See third image).
33. Place the teaspoon into the sink to be washed later.
34. With one hand grasp the rim of the bowl and with the other hand hold the narrow end of the wooden spoon or spatula.
35. Stir the contents of the bowl using the broad end of the wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Switch between clockwise and counterclockwise motions, scraping the middle as well to insure all ingredients are being mixed.
36. Mix until well incorporated (about 3 minutes). (See fourth image).
37. Read the instructions on the can of PAM and apply a uniform
coat to the inside of each bread pan.
38. Starting on the bottom, cover all four interior sides as well as the top brim of the pan. (This step may be done with the pans in the sink to avoid getting slippery product on the floor or workspace.)
39. Place the greased pans in the center of the counter.
40. Grasp the bowl in one hand then lift the bowl and hold it about 2”- 4” above the first bread pan.
41. Tip the bowl slightly and with the broad end of the wooden spoon or spatula, scrape the mixture into the bread pan, leaving about 1” from the top of the mixture to the brim of the pan. (See fith image).
42. Repeat step 40-41 with the two remaining pans.
43. Open the oven door.
44. Insert each hand into the oven mitts.
45. Grasping one bread pan by the two narrow ends, carefully place the pan onto the far left side of the center rack of the oven.
46. In the same fashion, place the second bread pan in the center of the middle rack, and the final pan on the far right side of the middle rack.
47. Take your hands out of the oven mitts and place them on the counter.
48. Close the oven door and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
49. Set the timer on the oven, or on your phone, to alert you when the bread is done cooking.
50. Place the three hot pads side by side on open workspace.
51. When the time has expired, put the oven mitts back on.
52. Open the oven door and carefully remove the pans, grabbing whatever sides of the pan are easiest to reach without making contact with the hot interior of the oven.
53. Place each loaf pan on a hot pad that had previously been placed on the workspace.
54. Let the pumpkin bread cool for 45-60 minutes.
55. Place the cutting board on an open area of workspace.
56. Once the bread is cooled, remove the loaves from the pan.
57. Take the bread out of the pan by flipping the pan upside down on your cutting board so that the surface of the loaf is contacting the surface of the cutting board.
58. Lift the pan up with one hand and hold it about 2” above the cutting board, with the other hand tap the bottom of the pan with enough force to make the bread come out. (If you applied the correct amount of PAM then the bread should slide out of the pan nicely).
59. Repeat steps 55 and 56 with the remaining two loaves.
60. Rotate the loaves back to sitting on their bottoms (the same orientation as they sat in the pans in the oven). (See last image).
Step 5: Conclusion and Troubleshooting
You’re done! We hope you have a great time at your fall festival and everyone loves the pumpkin bread. No one will ever know that you almost forgot. If you want, you might even decorate it with fall accents, but you don’t need them in order for it to taste good. Just in case the pumpkin bread tastes a little weird here are some possible troubleshooting points:
1. Make sure you measured the ingredients correctly. Accidentally adding too much salt and not enough pumpkin will definitely change the flavor of the bread.
2. Make sure you baked the bread long enough, but not too long. Under baking the bread will result in a mushy unappealing texture, but over baking the bread will turn it into a dry burnt loaf.