Loafing Around

Being a passionate Canadian, it pains me to admit that I am slightly jealous of the bounty and fanfare that come with American Thanksgiving. These adorable miniature pumpkin loaves are the perfect table favour to take this already incredible celebration to the next level. Impress your guests with a pint-sized portion of major fall flavour that they can take home to savour with their leftover turkey sandwiches. This recipe makes 10 mini loaves. You’ll need:

  • 10 miniature ceramic loaf pans (I found mine at Michael’s on sale for 99 cents. Shop around for a deal) Here’s one site that sells a variety http://flourmillkids.com/Search.aspx?m=35830
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pkg butterscotch pudding mix (non-instant)
  • 1 1/2 cups softened butter
  • 2 2/3 cups sugar
  • 4 lg eggs
  • 2 cups pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together your flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. In a separate bowl, whisk together your milk, vanilla and pudding mix. In a third bowl, cream your butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and pumpkin pie filling once the butter mixture becomes light and fluffy. Alternating between the milk and pumpkin mixtures, slowly add your wet ingredients to the dry in 3 parts. Once everything is combined, fold in your nuts.
Spray your loaf pans with cooking spray, and divide your batter evenly between the pans. It should reach about 2/3 of the way up the edges. Bake for roughly 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown, and a toothpick comes out clean.
This loaf is incredibly moist, and contains all of the warm spice of the holiday season. If you can’t find mini pans, or would prefer to serve this as a full-sized loaf, increase the cooking time to roughly 1 hour.
To make your guests feel extra special, dress up your loaves as table favours with a little seasonal flare. Happy baking everyone, and happy thanksgiving to my friends south of the border!
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