No frills and nothing fancy: just a perfectly moist and classic vegan pumpkin bun!
Pumpkin season started last month. I kept thinking about cool and creative things to do with my tins of pumpkin puree. But the first thing I really wanted was a thick slice of pumpkin bread - no frosting, no additions, no frills - to serve with a cup of coffee. It's a classic for a reason, right?
Components of a classic pumpkin bread
The right amount of softness
contrary to Banana bread or banana muffins, pumpkin bread does not contain sweet fruit. And I don't use applesauce as a liquid ingredient, like I do in a lot of baking recipes. The sugar here provides most of the sweetness, with some natural pumpkin sweetness. For me and my taste buds, this bread is perfectly sweet.
The right amount of moisture
Speaking of sugar, I use brown sugar in the recipe, which helps keep pumpkin bread very moist. (If you run out of brown sugar, cane sugar and coconut sugar can be replaced.) But the main reason this bread has such a lovely and tender texture is of course the pumpkin itself, which keeps bread moist while baking. . I used a whole cup of pumpkin puree in the bread, which only uses 1/3 cup of oil.
No frills, no fuss
I like to load my quick buns with fun additions as much as the next person. I dumped dark chocolate chips, all types of chopped nuts, chopped dates, and raisins in my muffins and quick breads. I did pumpkin bread with chocolate swirl.
Honestly, though? I prefer a pumpkin bun without adornments. I've seen iced pumpkin bread and pumpkin bread with nuts or pumpkin seeds. But when I decided to make this classic vegan pumpkin bread, I wanted it to be that easy. I wanted the pumpkin to shine through, and nothing else.
I guess it's a reflection of what I need and want from food lately: heartwarming, familiar, and not fussy.
Using pumpkin pie spice
I usually stock up on pumpkin pie spice this time of year (King Arthur's is my go-to). It's perfect for many fall baking recipes, from crisps and crumbles to scones and quick breads. Granted, I usually have its spices in my pantry, but it's an easy way to season recipes without having to open a lot of different jars.
That said, you can easily substitute the pumpkin pie spice in the recipe as directed. Or, if you want to make your own batch and keep it in your pantry during the cooking season, here's a good one. DIY tutorial by Sally.
Store and serve classic vegan pumpkin bread
Once baked, this bread needs some time to cool: about 15 minutes in the loaf pan and a few more hours on a cooling rack. As tempting as it may be to eat the hot, freshly baked bread, I think the cooling time is important. It helps the bread hold its shape, so you can cut it into perfect pieces later.
If you don't plan on eating your pumpkin bread right away, you can freeze as many slices as you need for six weeks. If you think it will go away quickly (mine certainly did), you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for four or five days. I usually freeze half of any quick bread -Banana bread, zucchini bread, citrus bread, and so on - as soon as I cooked it. The other half becomes my treats for the week to come.
Yields: ten portions
- 2 cups 1 tbsp (240 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 coffee spoons yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 coffee spoons pumpkin pie spice (substitute 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon allspice or cloves )
- 2 coffee spoons apple cider vinegar, white vinegar or lemon juice
- 2/3 Chopped off Tbsp (158 mL) non-dairy milk of your choice
- 1/3 Chopped off 1 tbsp (79 mL) vegetable oil (eg grape seed, safflower, or refined avocado)
- 1 1/4 Chopped off (240 g) packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1 Chopped off (250 g) pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350F and oil or grease an 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.75 inch loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and pumpkin pie powder, salt and spice.
Mix the non-dairy milk and the vinegar and let them sit for a while. In another bowl, combine the oil, sugar, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract. Add the milk + the vinegar.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in the center. Use a spatula to mix the ingredients into a paste. Don't over mix: you want no more streaks of flour visible, but a few small lumps are fine.
Pour the dough into your bread pan. Bake for 20 minutes, then rotate the pan in your oven. Bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until tops of bread are rounded and set. Let the bread cool for 15 minutes on a cooling rack before removing it from the pan. Let cool for at least two hours before slicing and serving.
Making this pumpkin bread, more than any equinox or change in weather, really feels like fall. I'm happy to have a recipe that looks like my forever pumpkin bread recipe. I hope some of you will feel the same.
And hey: if pumpkin bread isn't really your thing, there are other options, and I'll take it with you. Now that I'm stocked with pumpkin puree, I see pumpkin, cranberry and nut muffins, oatmeal and pumpkin scones, and pumpkin and carrot cake in the not too distant future.
Send you wishes for comfort and convenience today, both more necessary than ever.
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Adults and children aged 11 and over should eat no more than 6g of salt ( about a teaspoonful ) a day. Younger children should have even less.
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