pumpkin bread

Merry Christmas everyone! Wishing you a joyful holiday filled with good food and even better company. Today, I wanted to share with you a recipe for one of my favorite holiday treats: pumpkin bread! I made my first loaf of pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago and it was surprisingly spot-on (surprising, because I'm usually a hot mess in the kitchen), so I decided to bake it again for Christmas Eve dinner. Honestly though, you can make pumpkin bread any time of the year because it's just SO DARN YUMMY and sweet and moist and cinnamon-y and everything nice! To add in another plus, making it isn't too difficult.

Turn on some Christmas classics with me and let's get baking!

Ingredients you'll need:

1 cup of canned pumpkin
2 eggs
4 ounces of softened cream cheese
1/4 cup of butter
1 and 1/4 cups of white sugar
1 and 3/4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
You're also going to need two mixing bowls, a whisk, a knife to slice your butter and chop your walnuts (if you buy whole ones), and a standard loaf pan. You also need an oven, which you should preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit right now!

In one bowl, mix your cream cheese, butter, and sugar. Beat in your eggs afterwards, and then add your pumpkin last. Keep mixing until it's silky and smooth! Next, melt your butter. You need to grease your pan, and a trick that I learned is to take a clean paper towel, dip it in the melted butter, and cover the inside of the loaf pan with a thin layer.

Chop your walnuts! Size of the walnut pieces depends on whatever you desire. Now, in your second bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts. Make sure that it's mixed evenly, then pour it into the other bowl and stir until you get a nice, uniform, gooey consistency.

Tada! It should look like this once you move it all over into the loaf pan. You are ready to bake. Stick the pan into the oven and leave it in there for one hour.

Has it been one hour? Yay! Your delicious pumpkin bread is ready to be devoured by your family and you ~ it's beautifully soft and smells absolutely wonderful, right?! Let me know if you make some pumpkin bread so that we can love it together :)
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