Pumpkin is squash.
Pumpkin is a pet name.
Pumpkin is a great flavor for beer.
Apparently, pumpkin can do it all.
I’ve certainly explored pumpkin more in the past few years than I had in my whole life before blogging. I decided that it was time to jump on the Autumnal Bandwagon with a pumpkin recipe. I took my Banana Bread recipe and substituted pumpkin puree instead of bananas and the result: Winning. This bread is like Fall in a bite, especially if you top it with apple butter.
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 3 Tbsp butter, room temperature (1 stick = 8 Tbsp)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon almond extract ( or vanilla)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 + teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 cups flour (I grind old fashioned oats into flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cream the sugar and butter (or use melted butter and mix) in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs one at a time beating until yolk disappears. Add pumpkin, milk and almond extract and mix. In another medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients- (oat) flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry mixture to the wet, stir until just combined. Pour this batter into prepared pan and bake 50 minutes ~ 1 hour. Cool bread before slicing.
The bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that its packed with beta-carotene, an antioxidant and carotenoid that assists with providing us Vitamin A. Here is what else you get in 1 cup of cooked pumpkin:
Protein 2 grams
Carbohydrate 12 grams
Dietary Fiber 3 grams
Calcium 37 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Magnesium 22 mg
Potassium 564 mg
Zinc 1 mg
Selenium .50 mg
Vitamin C 12 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Folate 21 mcg
Vitamin A 2650 IU
Vitamin E 3 mg
Because of the antioxidants, it may also be an anti-ager and cancer fighter!
More Pumpkin Facts:
- The top pumpkin producing states are Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California.
- Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack.
- Pumpkins are used for feed for animals.
- Pumpkin flowers are edible.
- Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.
- Native Americans called pumpkins “isqoutm squash.”
- Pumpkins are fruit.
- Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October…
3 more weeks of October left to reap in the pumpkins people — go eat your pumpkins while you still can!!!!
I did not know that pumpkins are fruit?!
I feel so surprised, like a revelation.
Any revelations for you lately?