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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Carrot Bread

I made my favorite pumpkin bread for our church harvest party yesterday, and won third place in the bread category!

Third Place Winner

I label my bread, Gluten-free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, and I'm afraid people will see that and think it's some kind of weird health food thing, but it flies off the plate anyway. I've had the same thing happen with corn bread, brownies and chili that I have taken. It's pretty awesome.

A couple of people asked me for the recipe, so I am posting it here.

Pumpkin Carrot Bread

Preheat oven to 350.

1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin*
2 cups sugar*
1.5 cups salad oil
4 eggs
4 cups GF flour*
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground allspice*
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground mace
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp orange peel*
1 tsp. rum flavoring
2 cups finely grated raw carrots*
1 cup nuts (optional)*

Combine flour and other dry ingredients in smaller bowl.
Combine pumpkin, sugar, oil, and eggs. Beat for 2 minutes. 
Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture. Mix well.
Stir in rum flavor, carrots and nuts.

Muffins: 20 minutes
Small Loaves: 35 minutes
Large Breads 55-65 minutes.

*Make sure you get the pumpkin, not the pre-spiced pumpkin pie filling. If you use that, you can leave out the spices or cut them in half. It's not the same flavor, but it works. Or you can use 2 cups of home-cooked pumpkin if you wring it through a cheesecloth to get out all the extra moisture. 
*I used about 1 cup and a half of natural cane sugar, and a half cup of brown sugar because I ran out of the cane sugar.
*I used about 2 cups of Domata Living Flour, and about 2 cups of another brand, I think it's Better Batter. 
*If it's easier you can just throw in a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon. I like the mixture for flavor and because cinnamon is also on my food sensitivities list. 
*Orange peel is the dried kind in the jar, but I'm sure fresh would be good too. It adds a little zing. 
*I like baby carrots for their tenderness and sweetness, but regular carrots can be used, or even dried carrots if they are properly soaked first.
*I leave out the nuts for church parties for a certain little girl I know can't eat them. 

1 comment:

  1. It's amazing how sometimes people act like being restricted on sugar, or gluten, or dairy, or what have you, means a person must be eating cardboard, but once they taste the delicious foods, they fly off the plate, like you experienced. My daughter had a similar experience. Due to severe reactions to certain foods, he has to eat dairy-free/sugar free along with a few other guidelines (like only using whole grains). She took some cornbread to a function and thankfully put some aside for herself because it disappeared the moment the dinner started.