I love baking from scratch (really I do), but sometimes a lil’ “punting” is called for — especially when my pantry is low on ingredients and I’m hungry for fresh-from-the-oven goodness — now.
All I had on hand was King Arthur Flour’s gluten free “baking mix” and some previously frozen pumpkin to make a “pumpkin bread” (of sorts.) That, and years… and years… and years of baking experience.
After a somewhat desperate (allow me re-phrase that motivated!) online search, I discovered this recipe. Sadly I was missing a couple of ingredients — but, where there’s a will there’s a way.
“Easy” Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
(flagrantly adapted from King Arthur Flour’s recipe)
1/2 c. vegetable oil (I used canola)
1 c. sugar (I used 3/4 cup because The Man Of Few Words doesn’t like things “sweet” — except me. :)
1 large egg (the original recipe called for 3; I wanted pumpkin “bread” not pumpkin cake — plus I only had 1 egg!)
2 c. pumpkin puree (I made up for the lack of “egg moisture” with more pumpkin, which is why my bread is “orange-r”)
3 T. honey (another punt… fresh out of molasses, per the original recipe)
1 tsp. vanilla (truthfully I was out of vanilla, too, so I used 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar cuz… a girl’s gotta do!)
Sigh… I was also out of “pumpkin pie spice” (their recipe called for 1 tsp. of it)… so I used:
1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
2 c. King Arthur Gluten-Free Baking Mix (not GF Flour)
Sparkle sugar to sprinkle on top
Preheat oven to 350º F and lightly grease a loaf pan with shortening. (NOTE: I used a round casserole cuz I haven’t been able to replace my bread pans yet.) Adjust baking time as needed.
Mix together oil, sugar, egg, pumpkin, honey, vanilla (or apple cider vinegar) and spices in a large bowl with an electric mixer.
Add baking mix and beat until combined. Let the batter rest 10 minutes. (I forgot to do this… see “hungry” ¶ 1.)
Spread batter in prepared pan and sprinkle top with sparkle sugar.
Bake 30 minutes, then tent with foil and continue baking 20 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the “loaf” comes out clean. (Might take a lil’ longer than that… use your nose!) I can “smell” when things are done.
Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then turn “loaf” out onto the rack to cool completely.
(And, if in doubt about “my rendition”… make the original recipe!)
I think the results speak for themselves, don’t you?
(By the way, it made fabulous “French Toast” the next day.)
Wishing you a spontaneous weekend!
Enjoying freedom of expression (plus a few decades of ‘know how’) in the kitchen,