The best pumpkin loaf

Oct 15, 2020
This tasty afternoon tea treat is as close to perfect as you'll get! Source:

This perfect afternoon tea treat is one of the top options for a number of reasons. Whether it’s the deliciously addictive flavour or just how easy it is to whip up in no time at all – this sweet snack will be an absolute crowd pleaser.

You can serve this up fresh from the oven with some butter melted across the top or you can enjoy it at room temperature alongside a hot cup of coffee. Either way you won’t regret giving this tasty treat a red hot go!

Ingredients

  • 650g butternut pumpkin, peeled, deseeded
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease base and sides of a 6cm deep, 10.5cm x 20.5cm (base) loaf pan. Line with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang at both long ends.
  2. Wash and cut pumpkin into 4cm pieces. With water clinging, place pumpkin in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 3 to 4 minutes or until pumpkin is tender. Set aside to cool. Drain and place cooled pumpkin in a food processor. Process until smooth (you should have 1 cup).
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until well combined. Stir in pumpkin.
  4. Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves over pumpkin mixture. Stir gently to combine. Spoon into prepared pan. Smooth surface. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 10 minutes. Lift onto a wire rack. Serve warm or cold.

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