Saturday, 12 October 2013

Spiced Pumpkin Loaf

Spiced Pumpkin Loaf - a moist loaf with olive oil, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.  A tasty cake for fall, autumn or Halloween!


I have been hanging on to summer for as long as possible but yesterday firmly put me in autumn mode thanks to the wind and drizzle and general greyness.  I took the day off work so that I could be home for the annual gas safety check (all good!) and tied it in with our food delivery, did a bit of hoovering and changed the cat litter.

Then I went into town and bought a pumpkin.
This might not be that exciting for most people but I've been wanting to bake something with pumpkin for ages and all of the recipes I've seen have used canned pumpkin which is even more rare than actual pumpkins so imagine my joy when I walked into Waitrose this afternoon and found loads of them!


Spiced Pumpkin Loaf - a moist loaf with olive oil, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.  A tasty cake for fall, autumn or Halloween!


I've never actually tried pumpkin before so opted for a smaller one although there were so many available!


Spiced Pumpkin Loaf - a moist loaf with olive oil, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.  A tasty cake for fall, autumn or Halloween!


The first thing that I needed for my recipe was a pumpkin puree.  It's easy to get this in a can in the States but I've found it so hard to find a recipe that doesn't use canned pumpkin so made my own.  It's stupidly easy so don't let the "canned puree" part of any recipe scare you off!

Heat your oven to 185C (fan oven).

While the oven is heating up, mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.


Spiced Pumpkin Loaf - a moist loaf with olive oil, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.  A tasty cake for fall, autumn or Halloween!


Mix in the wet ingredients slowly until everything is combined.


Spiced Pumpkin Loaf - a moist loaf with olive oil, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.  A tasty cake for fall, autumn or Halloween!


I lined my loaf tin with greaseproof paper but if you have a non-stick tin you should be ok.

Pour the mix into the loaf tin and smooth out so the mixture is even across the whole tin.

Bake for at least 40 minutes.  The best thing is to check that it's not too brown on top and use the old "stick a toothpick" in trick - if it comes out clean the cake is probably done.


Spiced Pumpkin Loaf - a moist loaf with olive oil, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.  A tasty cake for fall, autumn or Halloween!


I've not put any frosting or drizzle on top of my cake but it would be excellent with a cream cheese frosting or orange drizzle (orange juice and icing sugar)!


Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg spiced pumpkin loaf - perfect for using the insides from your Halloween pumpkin carving!


Ingredients
120g plain flour
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4  teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

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