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One of my favorite loaf-style breads of all time is pumpkin bread. Quintessentially "fall" yet available all year through the magic of canned pumpkin, perfect plain or toasted, with honey or butter or simply sliced and eaten. After too many years making it from a package, I found a recipe that was easy, apparently foolproof, and best of all makes TWO loaves with a single mixing of batter. From "hey let's make pumpkin bread" to "yay loaves are finished" took me 90 minutes.
What you need:
Before you get mixing (I use a stand mixer but a large mixing bowl and spatula work great too), preheat the oven to 350°F and grease/flour two loaf pans. Then mix 3 cups sugar with 1 cup vegetable oil. Oh, about that foolproofness... I cringe every time I consider a whole cup of oil, so I never use that much. This batch had 3/4 cup, I've made it with half a cup, and I plan on trying a 50:50 mix with applesauce or a yogurt-for-oil substitution one of these tries. When that's mixed and looks like wet sand, mix in 3 large eggs until smooth.
Next, add either 1 16oz can of pumpkin, or 2 cups homemade pumpkin puree, and mix until smooth:
Stir a cannister of all purpose flour to lighten it, then measure 3 cups into a bowl. Now comes the pretty part! Measure out 1 teaspoon each ground cloves, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground ginger, plus 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon each baking powder and salt:
Combine well with the flour then add it to the pumpkin mixture in two batches, stirring until mixed. Pour into the two prepared pans and bake for about an hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, run a knife around the sides, and remove loaves from pans. Cool on cooling rack.
This recipe freezes well. Umm, so I'm told. It doesn't last long enough around here to need freezing.
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From BlueJessamine:This is one of the cutest comments I have seen at Daily Kos: Obama is The Big Cheese, by skralyx.
Today in navajo's New Day she asks What's in your wallet? In the comments the topic grows to what's in your purse? navajo dumps her purse and takes a photo. Lo and behold one of the best and funniest inside of a purse discoveries eveh! A RESERVED sign. Every diva shoud carry their own RESERVED sign!
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From cohenzee:Here is an excellent discussion between FloraLine and grumpelstillchen on how Germany has learned from its past while America keeps repeating ours.
Also from the same diary is high unitas' response to a commenter who thinks adding "respectfully" to a comment makes it ok to bring up Nazism. She/He also adds more to the ways we could learn from the Germans.
(Diarist's note: These are from Monday evening, but were nominated this afternoon.)
From Yours Truly, brillig:From MeteorBlades' McCain, Graham and Ayotte make clear they're not done battling the presumed nomination of Susan Rice, highfive asks Bad information? Really?
rb608 on the unfairness of... umm... fair elections, from Kaili Joy Gray's Teabaggers still see a chance to stop President Obama from being reelected.
I find this comparison of Republicans and children by mmacdDE to be very, very apt. From Steveningen's Laura Ingraham: I'm so tired of Obama putting a gun to the head of the American people
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