For changing leaves and hearty things...
At the top of the season,
Pumpkin! (Without doubt or reason)...
So creating a pumpkin loaf was only natural...
Pumpkin Loaf With a Chocolate Twist
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 50-55 minutes
For the bread:
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
For the chocolate:
- 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp almond milk
- 2 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar
Preheat oven to 350!
(Sorry for the dirty display!)
And, lightly grease a loaf pan (or use parchment paper)
Next, combine dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, salt, baking powder and soda) in a medium sized bowl.
In a large bowl, combine all the wet ingredients (eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, applesauce and buttermilk).
Once all combined, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
In a small bowl, combine ingredients for the chocolate (watch for flying cocoa powder)!
Next, add half the pumpkin mixture to the loaf pan.
Now, add some chocolate =)
Repeat the steps (one more layer of pumpkin and top with chocolate).
Place in oven, and bake for 50+ minutes. The best part about baking, is once it's in the oven you have the time to transform your kitchen from this...
The bread is done once a toothpick comes out clean from the centre...inserted by you, hehe.
Let it cool, then cut right into it!
Top with butter, and if you're lucky...you might catch a smile.
Things to change for next time: Add a bit more chocolate (who doesn't need more chocolate!) by doubling the chocolate mixture ingredients and increase the oven temp to cook quicker!!!
Other than that...pure blissful pumpkin-y goodness!