A Favorite Fall Recipe

posted by Lee McKenzie

This month I'm sharing one of my favorite fall recipes. Whether I'm baking for a Halloween party, a Thanksgiving feast, or thinking ahead to Christmas, I find this pumpkin loaf is always a winner.

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 Lee's Favorite Pumpkin-Pecan-Cranberry Loaf

¾ cup butter
2 ½ cups sugar
4 eggs
16 oz. can pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
2/3 cup water
3 ½ cups unbleached flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground allspice
2/3 cup chopped pecans
½ cup of dried cranberries

In large bowl cream together butter, sugar and 2 eggs. Add remaining eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly. Next, stir in pumpkin and water. In a separate bowl combine all remaining ingredients (except nuts and cranberries) and mix well. Add to pumpkin mixture, a little at a time, and stir until batter is thoroughly blended. Fold in the chopped pecans and dried cranberries. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center, comes out clean. Cool about 15 minutes before removing from loaf pan. Enjoy!

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Best of all, this loaf is easy to make, it'll fill your home with luscious aromas while it's baking, the ingredients are yummy delicious, and it freezes beautifully.

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My wish for everyone as we head into the holiday season is happiness, good health, good food and (of course) a good book!

Enjoy, and happy reading!

Until next time,


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  1. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Lee. It sounds delicious! There's nothing better than the aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg wafting through the house this time of the year. It makes me feel safe and cozy.

    1. You're welcome, Jill. This is a holiday staple at my house.

  2. Oh, yum. You had me at pumpkin... :-)

  3. My favorite is pumpkin pie, but I’d go for a slice of your loaf. Sounds delicious.

    1. Pumpkin pie is one of my favs, too. Sometimes I bake the filling in ramekins like custard (no pastry) and serve them with a dollop of whipped cream. Mmmm.

  4. Put the tea on, I'm coming over.

  5. While I'm not a pumpkin pie person (sweet potato is my favorite), I've never met a piece of bread I didn't like. I'm going to try this, despite my diet.

  6. Me, too, Shirley! This sounds simply delicious. Thanks for what will probably become a favorite around here.

    1. Patricia, I shared this recipe with a friend of mine and she makes it quite often. I hope you enjoy it, too.

  7. Yum. Pumpkin bread and cranberry bread are two of my favorites, but it never occurred to me to combine them. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Beth, you can also use raisins or blueberries in this recipe, but somehow cranberries seem more festive.


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