Kelly the Culinarian: Cooking with Kelly: Walnut Pumpkin Loaf

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cooking with Kelly: Walnut Pumpkin Loaf

On my explorations of Whole Foods, you know I hit up those free samples like they're going out of style. I'm almost positive that the security team at my favorite location has a code name for me.

"Dude, dude, wake up. She's here."

"Really? Where? I've never seen her for real, just heard about her."

"Oh yeah, check it out. The Seagull is here. Watch this."

And they proceed to watch me on security cameras meander the store, picking out my groceries and enjoying the two-bite brownies, sushi and tiny little glasses of wine in recyclable paper cups. Why Seagull? Because of this scene in Finding Nemo.

The last time we went shopping there, I had the most amazing pumpkin bread. It was moist, tasty and a bit spicy. Because I think paying $8 for a loaf of bread is a bit ridiculous, I took careful note of the flavor profile and set out to create it at home. While this is only an approximation, it's close enough for me.

Walnut Pumpkin Loaf
1 cup bread flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup flax meal
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
6 Tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup skim milk
1 1/4 cups pumpkin

1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts

Whisk together the dry ingredients, except for the sugar. Mix together the sugar, oil, pumpkin, honey, milk, egg and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients into the dry, then fold until just combined. Mix in walnuts. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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