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Perfect Pumpkin Bread (Seriously, it's the best)

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup butter infused olive oil
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 16-ounce can solid pack pumpkin
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons Savory Spice pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or chocolate chips (optional)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Beat sugar and oil in large bowl to blend. Mix in eggs and pumpkin. Sift flour, spices, baking soda, salt and baking powder into another large bowl. Stir into pumpkin mixture in 2 additions. Mix in walnuts, if desired.

Divide batter equally between prepared pans. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, 50-70 minutes. Transfer to racks and cool 10 minutes. Using sharp knife, cut around edge of loaves. Turn loaves out onto racks and cool completely.

Based on a recipe from Epicurious.com, altered by Robin, enjoyed by all

Take it to the Next Level: Drizzle pumpkin bread with maple, espresso, or cinnamon pear balsamic!