What began of this pumpkin bread craziness was that I wanted a good pumpkin bread recipe to use with my pumpkin puree from my fall time pumpkins. This recipe has only been made with non-canned pumpkin puree and perhaps that is the secret.
But it is currently April and I still have pumpkin in my freezer from November's $1 clearance Halloween pumpkin. This is after making numerous batches including what I gave out at Christmas. I make so much of this stuff, I always make at least 2-3 batches at a time. And the test of time over the years has proven that this bread is just as moist after being in the freezer for months. I don't swear by much but this recipe is a definite winner.
I usually make this into loaves of bread but this time around I made muffins. You can make whatever form of bread that you want. I like to give out loaves for gifts but having muffins at home seem to be easier to bring in and out of the freezer a few at a time.
Cut pumpkin in half and remove stem. Discard seeds and stringy pulp. Place two halves down in a shallow baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Once cooled, peel off skin. Using a food processor, puree the pumpkin. Extra puree can be stored in the freezer for months.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
15 ounces of fresh pumpkin puree (or frozen)
4 eggs or egg whites
1 cup canola oil (or vegetable)
2/3 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sugar (I use half sugar and half splenda and it comes out great!)
3 1/2 cups flour (I use half all purpose and half whole wheat)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease pans.
Mix together pumpkin, eggs, oil, water, vanilla, and sugar until well blended.
In a separate bowl, combine and mix flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until blended. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bread pan - 60-70 minutes
Muffins - 25 minutes
Small four loaf bread pan - 35 minutes (this is what I use at Christmas time and it also fits in my toaster oven!)