Ultimate Pumpkin Bread or Muffins

Absolutely the most tender, moist and delicious pumpkin bread you will ever have.
Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2/3 – 3/4 cup sugar (I think 2/3 cup is just right, but some prefer sweeter)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup All-Purpose flour (I use King Arthur)
  • 3/4 cup Whole Wheat Pastry flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1 tsp cinnamon+1/2 tsp ground cloves+1/4 tsp nutmeg)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar, water, oil, salt, and eggs. Beat until well mixed.
  3. Place a sieve over the bowl and sift in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves. Mix until smooth.
  4. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan and dust with flour.
  5. Bread: Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Muffins: Bake for 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Serve plain, buttered, or with cream cheese.