Easy Pumpkin Bread

Easy Pumpkin Bread

Whenever we have a company gathering, this pumpkin bread is one of the first things to disappear. Super-moist and packed with flavor, it can be made into a simple pumpkin loaf; or enhanced with chocolate chips and/or nuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (198g) vegetable oil
  • 2 2/3 cups (528g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • one 15-ounce can (425g) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2/3 cup (152g) water
  • 3 1/3 cups (400g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (113g) chopped walnuts or pecans, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups (255g) chocolate chips, optional
  • coarse white sugar, for sprinkling on top, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pans (if you’re making the plain version of the bread); two 9″ x 5″ loaf pans (if you’re adding chocolate chips and nuts); or one of each, if you’re making one plain loaf, and one loaf with chips and nuts.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the oil, sugar, eggs, pumpkin, and water.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and vanilla, stirring to combine.
  4. Mix in the chips and nuts, if you’re using them. To make one loaf with chips/nuts, one loaf without, divide the batter in half. Leave one half plain, and add 3/4 cup chips and 1/2 cup nuts to the other half.