I've been baking today! Fresh out of the oven is this deliciously moist Spiced Pumpkin and Walnut Tea Loaf.
I found this recipe in a magazine and tweaked it a little bit. The original had coconut flakes in it, and I knew my husband wouldn't abide that! I added in some sultanas in, instead. You can't taste the coconut milk, (my husband will be pleased to hear!) I took a chance in baking with that ingredient - I wasn't sure what I could replace that with! I imagine it helps with keeping this bake moist.
It was really easy to put together - I didn't even need to use a mixer - just add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir till just incorporated. You could also switch out the nuts and dried fruit for others - I bet dried cranberries would work really well in this.
I used canned puréed pumpkin - which, you can now buy in the UK! I've spied it in Tesco for £2.00 a can - eek! Or in Aldi at 89p - bargain! That's where I stocked up! Of course, you can just steam and purée a pumpkin instead, you'll need more than the stated amount as it does reduce when cooking.
Why not give this easy bake a try - goes so lovely with a cuppa mid afternoon!
Spiced Pumpkin & Walnut Tea LoafIngredients
- 60g chopped walnuts
- 225g plain flour
- 225g dark brown sugar
- 70g caster sugar
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 200g canned pumpkin purée
- 100g unsalted butter, melted
- 75ml coconut milk
- 50g sultanas
- Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.
- Spread the walnuts out on a baking sheet and toast for 8-10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, caster sugar, bicarbonate of soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
- Add the pumpkin purée, melted butter and coconut milk. Stir everything together until incorporated.
- Fold in the toasted walnuts and sultanas.
- Pour the mixture into a 1lb loaf tin.
- Bake for 1hr 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
I am also holding a month long Halloween Link Party to celebrate Crafty October and would love for you to share your Halloween ideas - crafts, recipes, costumes, parties...as long as it is family friendly! It's my favourite time of year, (as you may well know!) and I can't wait to see what you link up!