Sunday, November 1, 2009

Melt in your mouth pumpkin bread.

Here is the recipe I promised. Made so many this month I think I can do it in my sleep!
Credit for this recipe goes to submitted by Corwynn Darkholme.
2 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 (3.5 ounce) coconut cream pudding mix, instant
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
1 tsp baking soda
5 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin puree
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F . Lightly grease two 9 X 5 inch loaf pans.
In a large bowl , combine dry ingredients, flour, sugar, pudding mix, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir in the oil, eggs and pumpkin until just blended. Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the batter into prepared pans.
Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour. or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool in pans for 15 mins. Remove from pans and cool on wire rack.

Now, if you want to make this into a spectacular round layer cake for your Thanksgiving table,
use only 1 cup of oil, divide batter into 3 sprayed and floured round 9 inch pans and bake until toothpick comes out clean. (Start checking layers after about 30 mins.)

This is a great Pumpkin Cream Cheese frosting for your cake:
Credit for this recipe comes from Country Living magazine.

1 - 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
1/4 cup of unsalted butter, softened (1/2 stick)
1 TB fresh orange juice
1 tsp grated orange zest
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 cups of confection sugar, sifted
Blend the cream cheese, pumpkin puree, butter, orange juice, zest and vanilla in a large bowl using an electric mixer set at medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and creamy-about 5 more minutes.

I make a little more of it than the recipe calls for because my family loves gooey, piled up, very high frosting! This recipe should be enough for the layers ,top and sides of your cake. This makes a very nice centerpiece with a little zested orange around the edges of the top layer.

This cake is a great comfort and everyone I know wants the recipe when I make it.
Save yourself some trouble and always include the recipe when you give this cake away to friends and family .

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