Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread

This bread! Well, technically it's more like a gooey dessert loaf. Is that a category? This gooey dessert loaf...will make...your house...smell like heaven.

If I was a heaven-believing type of person (I'm not, with the grotesque exception of a doggy heaven), I know it would smell like this bread baking. It's like if Thanksgiving and Christmas were on the same day. That's what it smells like. 

Like earthy pumpkin, zesty ginger, sweet molasses, and holiday spices. It's amazing what they can do aromatically when married together and heated.

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Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread — Produce On Parade - This gooey dessert bread is the essence of #Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. Heavenly winter #gingerbread is scented with autumnal spices and moistened with #pumpkin. Bits of candied ginger throughout lend a spicy bite.

This gooey dessert bread is the essence of Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. Heavenly winter gingerbread is scented with autumnal spices and moistened with pumpkin. Bits of candied ginger throughout lend a spicy bite.

Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread — Produce On Parade - This gooey dessert bread is the essence of #Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. Heavenly winter #gingerbread is scented with autumnal spices and moistened with #pumpkin. Bits of candied ginger throughout lend a spicy bite.
Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread — Produce On Parade - This gooey dessert bread is the essence of #Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. Heavenly winter #gingerbread is scented with autumnal spices and moistened with #pumpkin. Bits of candied ginger throughout lend a spicy bite.
Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread — Produce On Parade - This gooey dessert bread is the essence of #Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. Heavenly winter #gingerbread is scented with autumnal spices and moistened with #pumpkin. Bits of candied ginger throughout lend a spicy bite.
Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread — Produce On Parade - This gooey dessert bread is the essence of #Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. Heavenly winter #gingerbread is scented with autumnal spices and moistened with #pumpkin. Bits of candied ginger throughout lend a spicy bite.
Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread — Produce On Parade - This gooey dessert bread is the essence of #Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. Heavenly winter #gingerbread is scented with autumnal spices and moistened with #pumpkin. Bits of candied ginger throughout lend a spicy bite.
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Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread
This gooey dessert bread is the essence of Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. Heavenly winter gingerbread is scented with autumnal spices and moistened with pumpkin. Bits of candied ginger throughout lend a spicy bite. NOTES: Feel free to use 2 cups all-purpose flour if you like. Be sure to let the bread rest, for it will need to settle.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat white flour
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 15 oz. can of canned pumpkin
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup candied ginger, minced
Instructions
In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flax and cold water. Allow to rest until ready to use.In a large bowl, whisk together the flours through and including the cardamom. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin through and including the molasses, as well as the flax mixture.Preheat the oven to 350 F. Now, gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Stir in the candied ginger. Do not over mix. Coat a bread pan with a nonstick cooking spray and pour in the batter. Bake at 350 F for 60 minutes or until set. Allow to rest in the pan on a cooling rack for 10 minutes then remove from pan and allow to cool another 10 minutes.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 loaf of bread
Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread — Produce On Parade - This gooey dessert bread is the essence of #Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. Heavenly winter #gingerbread is scented with autumnal spices and moistened with #pumpkin. Bits of candied ginger throughout lend a spicy bite.

Dutch Word of The Day

My bread is similar to a Dutch gingerbread called "peperkoek" (pay-per-cooik) or "pepper cake", except that peperkoek usually uses rye flour! Pretty cool huh? 

Good Deed of The Day

This is one of the best articles I've read in a long time. Originally published in Cosmologics, the magazine of Science, Religion, and Culture program at the Harvard Divinity School. It's titled, Why Atheists Should be Vegans, and you need to read it.