Foolproof Thanksgiving Pumpkin Bread

Cooking together during the holidays can become a lovely family tradition, so why not start early? Here’s an easy recipe to help you get started — and even the littlest family members can help!

You will need:

  • ½ cup of canola or coconut oil
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ⅓ cup of water
  • 1¾ cups of all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin or apple pie spice mix (cinnamon works too)
  • Loaf pan (9×5)
  • OPTIONAL: chocolate chips or chopped nuts (½ cup)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have your child grease loaf pan.
  2. Combine sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin puree and water in a mixing bowl. Take turns mixing and incorporating these wet ingredients together until you have a nice, even texture.
  3. Measure and add flour, baking powder, baking soda, spice mix and salt to the wet ingredients. Mix together by hand for about a minute until you have an even batter. (You can even count to 60 while you take turns stirring!) Be careful not to overmix, as this will result in a tougher bread.
  4. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan. Bake for about an hour, or until a fork/skewer comes out clean. The top of the loaf should be golden brown.
  5. Allow the loaf to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Tips:

  • Allow your child to measure, “pinch” and stir, offering gentle instruction as needed.
  • Taking turns doing tasks helps your child feel independent, while allowing you to supervise.
  • Positive reinforcement for completing a task helps make cooking fun for everyone.
  • Leave yourself plenty of time to finish this recipe — cooking with multiple generations involved can take a little longer!
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