Pumpkin Date Bread
Even the slightest hint of fall will send me into the kitchen to bake up anything pumpkin. This probably explains why a nice breeze earlier in the week prompted me to bake (and consume) not one, but two loaves of pumpkin bread. Never mind the fact that it was still too warm to think about turning off the air-conditioner. The smell of pumpkin mingling with cinnamon signaled the official end of summer in my book.
Though I have several tried-and-tested pumpkin bread recipes, many of which I will bake my way through by mid-October, I stumbled upon this Pumpkin Date Bread from Williams-Sonoma. A sort of pumpkin meets date bread. The result is a lightly spiced bread that relies on the natural sweetness of chopped dates instead of lots of added sugar.
A seasonal treat that is best enjoyed warm with a bit of butter, served alongside a strong cup of tea.
Pumpkin Date Bread
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma
3/4 c sugar
1 c canned pumpkin purée
1/2 c vegetable oil
1-3/4 c spelt flour, or all-purpose
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp Chinese 5-Spice powder
1 c coarsely chopped pitted dates
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
Mix sugar, eggs, pumpkin, and oil in large bowl until smooth. About one minute. In a medium bowl whisk dry ingredients, except for dates, until combined.
Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients just until combined, being careful not to over mix. Stir in chopped dates before pouring into lined loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes until inserted skewer comes out clean.
As a side note: the first time I baked this loaf, I forgot one of the eggs. I’ll admit I was talking on the phone to my mom and was completely distracted. It was a happy accident as the loaf baked up beautifully and tasted delicious. The next time I baked it with both eggs. I didn’t notice a difference in texture, only a slight difference in height. So if you happen to be running low on eggs and only use one, you’re bound to make a delicious loaf of Pumpkin Date Bread anyway.