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Pumpkin goodness - In your dorm!

 

Fall is here…or what short amount of it we get in Mississippi! Now’s the time to enjoy the things you love most about this fleeting season. My favorite thing happens to be baking with pumpkin. Sounds gross, I know, but it’s actually really tasty. Below is my absolute favorite, go-to recipe for pumpkin deliciousness. Even though it’s called “bread”, it’s more like cake. I have also updated it to a dorm-room friendly version so our campus residents can enjoy it, too!

Pumpkin Bread (traditional)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée (look in the baking isle for this…do NOT mistake it with pumpkin pie filling…what you need is the puree, which is not sweetened)
  • 1/2 cup  vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.

2 Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, 1/4 cup of water, and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the nuts.

3 Pour into a well-buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until a thin skewer poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and let cool on a rack.

Can easily double the recipe.

 

Dorm Friendly version:

Ingredients

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 1 tbs + 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tbs  brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4  teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 2-3 tbs pumpkin puree

Directions

Spray a microwave safe mug with cooking spray.

In a bowl, or right in the mug, whisk flour, sugar, spices, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add egg and combine until just incorporated with dry ingredients. Mix in vanilla, oil, milk and pumpkin.

Pop into the microwave for up to 3 minutes, with no fear to stop and check after 90 seconds for doneness.

Let it cool! It’s hot!

Seriously, that easy.

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