Yes, I REALLY do love pumpkin. I think I could eat pumpkin muffins all day long. I used a pumpkin bread recipe that I modified from my homemade cookbook. It’s actually just a 3 ring binder we had laying around. My favorite aunt e-mailed me 9 e-mails full of attachments. Each attatchment was a recipe of my grandma’s. So I printed these on card stock, hole punched them and snapped them in to what I now call my homemade cookbook.
1 3/4 C. Pumpkin (1can)
3 1/3 C. Flour
2 C. Sugar (it originally called for 3, but I never use the full amount)
2/3 C. Shortening (orbutter)
2/3 C. Water
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Cinnamon
I have no patience for beating eggs, or separating dry ingredients from liquid. So I just put everything into a bowl & mixed it. With my fancy new kitchenaid mixer that I am in love with.
For bread, bake at 350 degrees for just under an hour. This time I made 24 muffins and 1 loaf of bread, the muffins I took out after about 35 minutes, the bread I turned off after 45 minutes, but left in for another 15 minutes… so the timing isn’t terribly important. I’d say if you want a general rule- 350 for 40 minutes, then do the toothpick check.
For the frosting I used a recipe I found here.
Ps- A cute little story from my “childhood”. My grandmother used to make the BEST pumpkin pie. I used to say Punky for pumpkin… As in, “I love grandma’s punky pie”. It wasn’t until about a year ago when my husband corrected me I realized that I was still saying this.