How to Make Pumpkin Bread

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Pumpkin bread is a great treat to enjoy during Halloween and the entire Fall season. Find out how to make pumpkin bread and pumpkin pancakes with help from a professional chef in this free video on recipes for scarily scrumptious Halloween treats.

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Hi, I'm Michelle Karam with "Dishes by Michelle" in Los Angeles, California. One of my favorite times of the year is the Fall. One of my favorite things that I just love to make is pumpkin bread, and over the years I've come up with a variation on a little bit of store-bought pumpkin bread mix and my own secret ingredients that I add to it. So today, please join me as I make holiday pumpkin bread. So, most of us are pretty busy when it comes around the holidays and we don't have time to be sifting flower and measuring sugar and doing all those things, so sometimes we need just a little bit of help from the store. I happen to find that this brand that I get of bread and muffin mix, pumpkin bread and muffin mix does just fine for what I'm looking for. So, I'm going to start with this bread and pumpkin muffin mix. Then, the next thing I'm going to add is I'm going to follow the directions or the suggestions on the box, and I'm going to add one cup of water. I'm going to add a half of a cup of crushed pecans, it's a little extra. This is my secret and then it says to add in there half a cup of oil. Well, what I like to do is I like to use a third of a cup of Canola oil or vegetable oil, and then I like to add that extra yummy buttery goodness to it, and I like to add q quarter of a cup of melted butter to it. I find that this just adds a really nice buttery yummy flavor to it, so go ahead and add that. Then we're going to add one egg as it says to do and then what, here's the secret, where it comes into play. I get pumpkin puree, and I go ahead and I add two big heaping wooden spoon dollops of that in there, and that adds extra pumpkin flavor, and it really, really makes for some moist delicious pumpkin bread. Now, here's something. You probably are thinking, well, what am I going to do with the rest of the half of this? Go ahead, and when you're making pancakes the next time, especially over the holidays, make your pancake mix like you would make it; add the rest of the can of this in there with a little bit of cinnamon, and you've got some great pumpkin pancakes. So, go ahead and give this a mix, and the next thing I'm going to do is transfer this into my pumpkin bread pans that I have over here, and you're only going to want to fill these up only about three quarters of the way up. You don't want to fill it all the way up to the top because it will rise some, and then it could spill over and won't look so great. Fantastic, and it really smells so good, even not being cooked yet. So, what I'm going to do now is I'm going to pop these into the oven, and it says to put, normally, in the oven on 350 for 45 minutes to an hour, if you were doing one full loaf. Well, because I added some more moisture to that with adding the pumpkin and the little bit more of the butter, I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to let it cook for about five or 10 more minutes than I normally would for the suggested recommendation on the box; just because we want to just make sure all of that gets cooked and is done properly, and you could always do the good old toothpick test where you stick it in there and see what sticks and if nothing sticks, it's perfect. So, I'm going to put these in the oven. So, I've taken my pumpkin bread out of the oven and I can't even begin to tell you the delicious aroma that has filled this house. It smells like Fall. It smells like cinnamon and cloves and ginger, and it's just warm and good, and I really cannot even wait to have a bite of this bread, and I actually have gotten from my store something called pumpkin butter. You can find it in your local supermarket, probably around the holidays, and it is pumpkin puree that's mixed with butter, that's mixed with I don't know what, but it's really good, and I'm going to spread just a little bit of this onto my pumpkin bread, and I think I'm going to take a bite because I just can't resist. It's warm, fresh out of the oven, and just so good. Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, it's perfect. It's not too sweet. I just got some of the pecan, some of the crunch from that. You can really take the pumpkin, absolutely delicious. I really hope that you'll try this recipe for holiday pumpkin bread. My name is Michelle Karam, with "Dishes by Michelle". Thanks so much for watching.

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