Olive Oil Pumpkin Bread
I first learned about olive oil cake last summer. Never had it before, but it seemed to be all over the blogs and also the cooking magazines that I subscribed to. I never got around to making it last year, but the idea of making it still stuck in the back of my mind. Most people, including myself, whenever trying to lighten up any type of quick breads would consider using oil instead of butter, so why not olive oil? I thought it was a clever idea! Fast forward to this fall, when I saw this recipe in my cooking magazine – a pumpkin bread using olive oil. Done! This bread is extremely moist from the pumpkin puree, olive oil, and honey. Each slice gives off the fall flavors that I love so much, like cinnamon and nutmeg. Because this bread was super moist, it also stayed good for a week. I ran out of whole wheat flour, so I used all white whole-wheat flour and it tasted great. I think you can’t go wrong either way.
I’m so glad that I tried this recipe. I may try similar substitution in other quick bread recipes in the future. For our What’s Baking group in October, the theme is fall flavor, so I thought that this would be an appropriate post for that. If you are looking for some more fall-themed goodies to drool over, check out the rest of the post in Ange’s The Tiny Tyrant’s Kitchen.
Adapted from Fine Cooking, September 2011
3-1/4 oz. (3/4 cup) whole wheat flour
3 oz. (2/3 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. table salt
2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin purée
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup honey
2 Tbs. unsalted pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas; optional)
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk both flours, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin, sugar, oil, and honey until well combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with a large spoon just until evenly incorporated.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to settle the batter. Sprinkle the top with the pumpkin seeds (if using), pressing them down lightly. Bake until the top is browned and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. (If the bread begins to brown too much before it’s fully baked, lay a piece of aluminum foil on top.) Cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then transfer the bread to a rack to cool completely before slicing.
Yield: 1 loaf