As much as I love baking, I’ll admit that I’m not very good at coming up with my own recipes for baked goods. Following other people’s baking recipes? – No problem, I do that at least once a week. Coming up with my own stuff? That’s trickier, since baking is kind of an exact science.
Imagine my joy when this pumpkin-walnut bread actually came out good!
This pumpkin bread is moist, dense, and not overly sweet. As with most of my recipes, I didn’t add any oil. It’s not a low-fat recipe because there’s plenty of fat in the walnuts, but at least nuts ate a natural, unrefined source of fat. Want to make it extra-indulgent? Smear it with some of my homemade peanut butter!
This loaf makes a lovely dessert, a healthy anytime snack, or a good breakfast. I think sprinkling the top with walnut pieces makes it look very pretty, but you can use other nuts or seeds if you like. Shelled pumpkin seeds (a.k.a. pepitas) should work great!
Feel free to experiment with other fillers: dried cherries, cranberries, raisins, or even chocolate chips will add a delicious twist! I chose to keep it simple with walnuts only to let the subtle flavors of pumpkin stand out.
Here’s an interesting trick that lets this vegan, no-oil-added loaf come out nice and moist: after you add the batter to the baking pan, make a dome out of aluminum foil and cover the pan with it. It doesn’t have to be very tight, in fact some wiggle room is preferable (the picture below, bottom right, shows what my dome looked like). Once your pan is covered, insert it into the oven, bake for 45 min, then take the foil off, and continue baking until done.
And since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I just might add this pumpkin-walnut loaf to the list of desserts I’ll be making! Speaking of which… what vegan dishes are you planning to make for Thanksgiving this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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