This Pumpkin Bread is nutty and heartwarming, moist and fluffy. Exemplifying the season’s spirit, this Fall bread recipe will surely satisfy your baking fever that takes over as soon as the temperature drops. The seasonal flavors packed in this recipe are pumpkin puree, ginger, cardamom, brown butter, sweet dates, and crunchy hazelnuts. I’m sure you can smell this one already! Really, bake this pumpkin bread, and your house will smell like Thanksgiving breakfast.
Happy pumpkin season my friends. Please take a moment and look at the photo below. I’m not asking because I made it, but in my eyes that’s what pumpkin bread should look like; it’s as pretty as bread gets.
Today we’re making three Marigold-colored loaves of date pumpkin bread — one for you, one for the freezer, and one for a special someone. Of course, once the warm brown spices hit your nose, and you taste the crunchy hazelnuts, you’ll want to keep them all for yourself!
Ingredients for the Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Fall baking season is here, so homemade pumpkin bread is in order, and it all starts with pumpkin in a can. Make sure you get the solid-pack pumpkin puree and not the pumpkin pie filling mix (sometimes the label is misleading).
Then we have the always reliable baking staples; all-purpose flour, eggs, milk, sugar, baking soda, vanilla extract, and the especially important pinch of salt. I’m confident you have all these at home.
Where a simple bread becomes a fabulous pumpkin bread is with the spices. Ground ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom will make this moist pumpkin bread really pop. These are the very essence of the autumn season, so if you don’t have them on hand, go get them. I’ll wait.
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Date and Hazelnuts Give Pumpkin Bread Texture
Let’s talk about the textural ingredients; the dates and hazelnuts. There’s nothing like dried fruits and nuts to add a surprise to every bite. To be honest, here you can mix and match. There are many delicious dried fruits out there, and I’m not even getting into nut varieties. Dates and hazelnuts work great together and that’s what we’re using today. But if you use substitutes, I’d love to know what your favorite combinations are!
This Pumpkin Bread's Secret Ingredient: Brown Butter
Brown butter is critical; it’s the secret ingredient. And if you’ve never cooked your own, you’re in for a treat! Melt your cup of butter and slowly warm it up over low heat while stirring often. See it transform in front of your eyes into a caramel-scented, nutty delight! Have a separate bowl to transfer your butter once it’s right. It seems to take forever to brown, but it burns in seconds once it’s reached its peak. If you're not really into making one on your own, our gracious food product supplier offer this amazing brown butter at 10% off.
Pro Tips for Making this Easy Pumpkin Bread
If you’ve never baked pumpkin bread or muffins before, know that the dough is very moist. Once you incorporate all the ingredients, you must transfer the dough into three different molds, and you have to be ready for it from the start.
I recommend using three greased 8x4-inch loaf pans, but you can use any oven-safe molds as long as you distribute the dough evenly between them. If you use larger molds, your bread will take longer to cook through, and you risk ending up with bread too humid to handle.
One more thing... please preheat your oven and wait at least 15 minutes. A bit more if your oven is an older model. Baking pumpkin bread is tons of fun, but you’ve got to do it right.
We’re ready to make the first loaf of the season. A brown butter hazelnut date pumpkin bread that will get you hyped up and turned on for what’s left of the year.
I hope you get a chance to make this moist pumpkin bread with crunchy hazelnut, sweet dates, and nutty brown butter. If you have already made this recipe or another one of our recipes, please tag @Spoonabilities on Instagram or add a photo or comment on the Pin, so we can find you! And we love to hear from you in the comment section below.
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