Welcome to another edition of Kids in the Kitchen! I hope you enjoyed last month’s selection of favorite and recommended resources to assist in equipping your kids in the kitchen. This month I’m sharing with you one of my favorite family recipes that we look forward every holiday season, Pumpkin Bread. In addition to a fabulous, yummy recipe that’s perfect to make with your kids, this month I’m also including FREE printable gift tags!
I have to confess that I am a snob when it comes to pumpkin bread. The recipe I’m sharing today is the one I grew up loving every fall through Christmas and I’ve yet to find a version I like any better. Perhaps it’s the variety of extracts used in the recipe or the spices are in just the right proportion, but in my opinion, this is hands-down the best pumpkin bread. Of course, I might be a little biased. 😉
The twins were super excited when I told them what we’d be making for this month’s Kids in the Kitchen series, albeit for different reasons. Chef Joshua is like me, and absolutely LOVES our family’s pumpkin bread recipe. Chef Noah, on the other hand, does not like anything with pumpkin in it, but he absolutely LOVES making any type of bread and especially loves using the hand mixer.
Meet the ingredients (I accidentally forgot to include the salt in the picture!):
To begin with, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray or grease your bread pans. This recipe will make either two full loaves or 5 mini loaves.
Next, add your butter and sugars (white and brown) to a large bowl and cream together. This was by far Chef Noah’s favorite part!
Now, add your eggs and extracts. Be sure to use ALL 3 extracts listed in the recipe (vanilla, almond and orange) … they make the pumpkin bread absolutely delicious!
Next, use your mixer to blend in the eggs and extracts. Chef Joshie also loved using the hand mixer!
Now it’s time to add the pumpkin! You can use either fresh or canned pumpkin. We used canned and it took about 1 and 1/3 cans to get the necessary 2 cups. Now to figure out what to do with that remaining 2/3 can of pumpkin …
After mixing in the pumpkin, you’ll need a separate medium-sized bowl to mix up the dry ingredients (flour, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and baking soda).
After mixing up your dry ingredients, take some deep breaths as there’s a good chance it’s about to get messy. Scoop about a cup (maybe less) of your dry ingredients into your pumpkin mixture and start mixing. Remind your budding chef to keep the mixer on low to help prevent a huge white cloud from exploding everywhere. Even on low, you’ll still have some flour outside the bowl and on said chef, but at least it’s a little more containable! Continue to slowly add more of the flour mixture and blend it in until it’s all mixed together.
After everything is thoroughly mixed together, scoop your batter/dough into your loaf pans. We chose to use mini loaf pans for this batch of pumpkin bread (unfortunately I only have 4 loaf pans, so had to ad lib to fill the 5th “pan”!).
Now normally I would show a picture of the twins enjoying their yummy creation. However, their 14-year old brother got into the pumpkin bread and ate almost all of it before I could get a picture! And of course, being a teenage boy, he was not about to have his picture taken enjoying his pumpkin bread. 😉 Thankfully, I was able to save the last loaf to tie up in a pretty bow with my FREE printable gift tags for the picture below.
FREE Printable Recipe AND Gift Tags/Labels
Click the links below to download a copy of Our Favorite Pumpkin Bread recipe AND Pumpkin Bread printable gifting labels for FREE! The labels can be printed on sticker paper (full sheet label paper) as pictured above, or on card stock with a hole punch to be used as a traditional tag looped through a ribbon. There are larger labels for full-sized loaves and smaller labels for mini-loaves.
Thank you for joining us in another month’s Kids in the Kitchen journey. We hope your family and friends enjoy Our Favorite Pumpkin Bread as much as we do! What are some of your family’s favorite fall treats?