Foodie Friday ~ Prairie Honey Pumpkin Bread

Friday, October 2, 2009
Sharing another recipe today from Prairie Home Breads by Judith M. Fertig.

Last night the merchants of the historic downtown Hastings, NE hosted a very unique event. They held open house and gave tours of the living spaces above the old store fronts. I drug my youngest son out with me. What a great event and what interesting living spaces. There was also a terrific turnout. There were lots of folks taking the tour and I think both the bakery and the coffee shop did a booming business. It was very chilly and windy out. Before we headed to the downtown district, I whipped this up Prairie Honey Pumpkin Bread and we enjoyed it with spiced cider when we returned home.

Prairie Honey Pumpkin Bread

3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups sugar
¾ cup wildflower or other pale amber honey
½ cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
¾ cup cooked pumpkin
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup chopped pecans
½ cup golden raisins

Preheat the oven to 325°. Grease two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans and set aside. Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar together into a large mixing bowl. With a wooden spoon, stir in the honey, water, oil, pumpkin, and eggs until you have a smooth batter. Fold in the pecans and raisins. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack.

Thanks to Michael at Designs by Gollum for hosting Foodie Friday!