This pumpkin gingerbread is one of our favorite treats for fall!
We almost always have extra pumpkin sitting around this time of year, either puréed and in cans, or fresh. Two of my favorite sweet quick breads are pumpkin bread and gingerbread.
This recipe started as an experiment to combine the two. The result? A tender, richly flavored loaf—spicy, molasses-y, and pumpkin-y.
It’s easy to make too. You can make your own pumpkin purée from scratch or just use canned pumpkin purée.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Yield: Makes one loaf
By the way, we made one batch of this pumpkin gingerbread forgetting to add the melted butter and you know what? It’s still turned out fine. Not as moist as the butter version, but still good, and better the next day. I still prefer the butter version, but if you are trying to cut back, you can leave it out.
1 1/2 cups (200 g) all purpose flour*
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup (240 ml) pumpkin purée (canned or homemade**)
1/2 cup (1 stick, or 112 g) butter, melted
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (120 ml) molasses
1 Tbsp finely minced candied or fresh ginger (optional)
2 eggs, beaten
3 Tbsp water
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
* I’ve also made this pumpkin gingerbread using gluten-free flour from King Arthur. Turned out great!
* * To make pumpkin purée from pieces of leftover pumpkin, just roast or boil the pieces until tender, then remove the skin. Smash the cooked pumpkin with a fork. If using a whole pumpkin, sugar pumpkins work best. Cut in half, scoop out the strings and seeds, bake the pumpkin halves at 350°F on a foil-lined baking pan until soft, about 45 minutes to an hour. When cool, scoop out the flesh and mash with a fork.