(note: i usually half the recipe and make one loaf. you can buy cast iron bread pans on amazon, but a large sarbloh bata will work just as well.
Ultimate Pumpkin Bread
Yields 2 Medium Loaves
3 cups flour (i use a mixture of unbleached maida and whole wheat pastry flour- all organic of course)
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2.5 cups granulated sugar (i use half evaporated cane juice and half brown sugar)
1 cup butter, really soft, half melted really
4 Tablespoons of dahi
2.5 cups pureed pumpkin (pumpkin preparation below)
1/2 cup raisins or chopped nuts
1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray two medium loaf pans with nonstick
2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, spices, salt, baking soda, and
baking powder and set aside.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the wire whisk attached, dump in
the sugar. Take the butter and put it in the microwave for about 30
seconds, so that it is half melted. Dump it into the sugar. Add the
dahi. Cream these three ingredients together on medium speed for about
2 minutes or until fluffy. Add the pumpkin and combine well.
4. In three batches, add the dry ingredients and mix gently until each
batch is just incorporated. Scrape the sides between each batch.
5. Pour half of the batter into a one of the prepared pans. Fold the
pecans into the remaining batter and then pour it into the other
prepared pan. Bake side-by-side for about one hour or until an
inserted knife comes out clean the top is golden.
to prepare pumpkin- cut in half. remove the seeds and stringy part. put the halves face down in a big pan, along with one cup of water. bake @ 350 until tender (about 90 minutes). scrape the flesh from the rind and grind it. if you eat canned foods, you can get pumpkin in a can.
Contributed by Bibi 1Kaur jee