Hocus Pocus! Pumpkin Bread
Released in 1993, “300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-kid-in-town, the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence.”
If Hocus Pocus is your movie of choice, you might like a cozier Halloween, with a delicious treat. Here is my pumpkin bread recipe, which I’ve tweaked to make it a bit healthier so my kids could eat it for breakfast. It’s still delicious!
Delicious & Healthy Pumpkin Bread
servings=24; time=30 mins + baking time; difficulty=medium
This is a double batch (I make 4 little breads and 1 large bread with this recipe)
- 2 cups white flour
- 1 cup white wheat flour or wheat flour
- 1/3 c flaxseed meal
- 2 tsps baking soda
- 2 & 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 & 1/2 cup canned or fresh pureed pumpkin (this is more than 1 can)
- 1/2 cup milk (cow or almond)
- 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease the pans.
- Whisk together flours, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt
- In separate bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars until thoroughly combined. Add oil and applesauce and whisk together. Add pumpkin, milk, and vanilla, and whisk to combine.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix gently until just combined. Feel free to add chopped nuts, raisins, and/or other fruit.
- Divide batter among pans. Feel free to make a crumble top with flour, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Sprinkle on top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Approximately 35 – 40 minutes for smaller pans and 45 – 55 minutes to large pans. Adjust as needed. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.
Once cool, you can freeze them and thaw as needed.
I find that the bread tastes even better the next day once the spices have developed thoroughly. Yum! Perfect with a cup of tea and a little smear of butter or cream cheese.