I've already been exhausting my fall activities as a resident of a Gilmore Girls esque small town in Connecticut. Yes, I live near orchards, yes, I went apple picking, yes, I made an apple pie, yes I picked a pumpkin. And by "picked" I mean literally picked one up from a field of hundreds. I went to the grocery store last week and right on display in front of the store is a pumpkin shrine. Of course, you've got the standards, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins. But his eficacy started getting a bit strange. Pumpkin seltzer...pumpkin hummus. And low and behold featured on that shelf was Pumpkin Dog food. Because God forbid your canine might miss out on the seasonal fun.
Stop and Shop you sold me on the pumpkin puree, but I couldn't help but laugh as I moved on the the next aisle. So it goes without saying, that my Saturday morning activity had to be baking this delicious pumpkin bread, because I guess I am #basic. #ownit.
Side note. I started 1,000 piece puzzle on my place table, which conveniently serves as my photo taking table. Thinking I would finish this a lot sooner, I'm left with having to take photos on puzzle pieces.
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 eggs beaten
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups white sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups apple sauce
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional).
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 9x5 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, mix sugar, apple sauce, pumpkin puree, and eggs until smooth. Mix in the baking powder, baking, soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and gradually add in the flour until the mixture is fully combined. Fill each loaf pan 3/4 of the way full. Bake in the oven for one hour until a toothpick comes out entirely clean from the center of the loaf.