* To make pumpkin purée, cut a pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff, lie face down on a foil or Silpat lined baking sheet. Bake at 350°F until soft, about 45 min to an hour. Cool, scoop out the flesh. Freeze whatever you don't use for future use. Or, if you are working with pumpkin pieces, roast or boil them until tender, then remove and discard the skin.
1 Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Sift together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.
2 Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, 1/4 cup of water, and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the nuts.
3 Pour into a well-buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until a thin skewer poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and let cool on a rack.
Can easily double the recipe.
Yield:Makes one loaf.
Nutella Banana Bread
Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe banana 1/3 cup skim milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3/4 heaping cup Nutella Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8×4-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda & salt. 3. In a separate large bowl, beat sugar and butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, milk and vanilla. Beat until blended. 4. Add flour mixture, beat at low speed just until flour is incorporated (don’t over mix). 5. Spoon Nutella into a small dish and soften in the microwave for about 15 seconds. Add 1 cup of the banana bread batter to the Nutella and stir until blended well. Spoon Nutella batter alternately with plain banana bread batter into the prepared pan. Swirl batters together with a knife. 5. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, it will seem a tiny bit undercooked but that’s what makes it good. Cool for at least 15 minutes in the pan, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.