Wake Up to Fall: Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin Spice Bread

Pumpkin Lattes. Pumpkin Granola. Pumpkin Cupcakes. Pumpkin Pancakes.  Pumpkin Eggs Benedict.

Okay, well maybe not that last one.

But do you see what I am getting at?  

It's fall, people, and I've got pumpkin on the brain, especially at breakfast. What, you don't eat cupcakes for breakfast? If not, then you haven't lived...welcome to the dark side my friend.

When the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to fall, my tummy begins to rumble for some sweet pumpkin goodies in the morning. It's my stomach's way of telling my brain it's time to fatten up for the winter months [I am very good at this].

Enter with the classic Pumpkin Spice Bread. It's moist.  It's warm. And this one in particular is chock full of dried cranberries and pecans.  

This recipe has all the makings for a cozy snack [or breakfast] by the fire. Coffee and throw blanket not included.

Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin spice Bread

1 stick of butter, plus more for flouring pans

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 c canned pumpkin

1/3 c water

1/2 c dried cranberries

1/3 c chopped pecans, plus more for garnish

1 3/4 c flour, plus more for flouring pans

1 1/2 c sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter and flour two small loaf pans (approximately 6" x 3 1/2") or one large loaf pan (approximately 8 1/2" x 4 1/2").

Melt stick of butter in the microwave.

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.

In a second smaller bowl, mix melted butter, egg, pumpkin and water until smooth. 

Pour butter mixture into dry flour mixture and mix until well-combined.  Fold in cranberries and pecans.

Distribute into pans and garnish with extra chopped pecans.  Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. 

Allow to fully cool on a cooling rack.  Insert a butter knife around the edge of the loaf, flip pan over and carefully remove bread.  Slice and enjoy!

Photographs taken by Meredith Wheeler using a DSLR Canon Rebel T3 and edited using iPhoto.  GIF created and edited using the Party Party app by A Beautiful Mess.