Friday, November 16, 2012

Pumpkin Bread Recipe + Enter to Win a $500 Food Lion Gift Card in Food Lion's Holiday Bake-Off Contest!


Thanksgiving is a time of year when you can reflect on your blessings from the past year, spend quality time with your family and of course, enjoy a sumptuous dinner with them on Thanksgiving night! For my family, Thanksgiving is always a wonderful time to get together and just enjoy lots of yummy food!


Speaking of Thanksgiving dinner, have you decided on a menu yet? I spent a good amount of time yesterday browsing through my favorite magazines, cookbooks and online cooking sites to gather some great recipe ideas for Thanksgiving. I've always wanted to try baking a good pumpkin bread. My husband and I love the pumpkin bread slices from Starbucks with our coffee and I told him I will try and find a good recipe for pumpkin bread and we'll see what happens. So yesterday, I woke up early and went to my favorite grocery store, Food Lion, to get a few missing ingredients for my very first pumpkin bread recipe! I already had most of the ingredients in my kitchen pantry so that made the task even easier. Plus, I didn't have to spend too much time at the grocery store and get sidetracked. Whew, I do that all the time and end up never finishing my tasks for the day, lol.

Here is a photo and recipe of my Pumpkin Bread glazed with vanilla-cinnamon-butter syrup.. yumm! I was so thrilled it actually turned out great! The bread texture is smooth and moist and the sweetness is just perfect. This was definitely a hit with my family and will be making them again soon!


Pumpkin Bread 

INGREDIENTS:

(1) 15 oz. can pumpkin puree                                 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 eggs                                                                         2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup melted butter                                             2 tsp pumpkin spice
1/4 cup vegetable oil                                               1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup applesauce                                                  1 tsp ground cinnamon 
2/3 cup water                                                           1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups white sugar                                                   1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 cup brown sugar                                                   1/4 tsp ground ginger

DIRECTIONS: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Grease and flour two 9x5 loaf pans.

2. Mix together the pumpkin puree, eggs, melted butter, oil, applesauce, water, white and brown sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

3. Bake for about an hour in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 

I wanted to make a cinnamon-vanilla glaze over the top of my bread so here is what I did:  I combined 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar in a saucepan over low-medium heat until it began to boil After removing the mixture from heat, I added 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. vanilla and about 2 tbsp. buttermilk. I poked holes into the loaves just after removing them from the oven and poured the glaze over them. It was sooo delish!

So, I hope that I somehow inspired you to try a new recipe today! There's nothing better than good ole' home cookin' .. don't you all agree? ;) 


And while you're at it, get inspired with a new holiday recipe and enter Food Lion's Holiday Bake-Off Contest!  Simply submit your favorite holiday recipe using your favorite Food Lion product(s) in any of the four categories: appetizer, entree, side dish, or dessert. There will be 12 grand prize winners who will receive a $500 Food Lion gift card! Wow, who couldn't use a nice grocery gift card with all these holiday cookin' we have to do? :)

So go visit Food Lion on Facebook, "Like" their page, then click the Holiday Bake-Off tab to enter for your chance to win and/or to learn more about this fantastic contest! You have until 11/28/12 to submit your entries so hurry! I am definitely sharing my Pumpkin Bread recipe. Wish me luck! :)

(Article Credits: Recipe by AllRecipes.com ; Tablescape photo by FabulousFoods.com

Hip Mama's Place Disclosure: “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Food Lion. I received a promotional item to facilitate my shopping experience and review.”


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  About the Author: Jocelyn CaƱasa-Brown is a working mom of two boys and is a recognized blogger and mom influencer in the Washington, DC area. In her spare time, she designs and creates her own handmade jewelry, maintains her jewelry store on Etsy and is an active moms group organizer and leader both online and offline. Hip Mama's Place was nominated for Parents 2011 Best All-Around Mom Blog and named one of the Highest Rated Blogs and Sites on Nickelodeon ParentsConnect for the Washington, DC area. Follow Jocelyn on Twitter and/or Facebook.


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