Pumpkin bread is magical. Made right it’s moist, sweet and delicious. Paired with a small cup of cafe con leche (Cuban coffee and milk) it’s heaven and will brighten your day. Not to long ago, I discovered a beautiful website called The Glow a website that gives you a glimpse into the world of inspiring and fashionable moms, their secrets and more. Besides the beautiful and intimate pictures of these individually successful women, you get a peek into their world and what joy they find in being a mommy. At the end of each interview, each women submit a recipe. The recipe for the pumpkin bread was actually by designer, Rebecca Minkoff. With the holidays here and pumpkin in season. I decided to try the recipe myself with a little modification.
1 cup of Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin Puree
1 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Bread Flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of Hain Organic Sugar
2 beaten eggs
1/4 cup of water
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 cup of olive oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift the flour, baking soda, sugar and salt together. In a separate bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, eggs, spices and remaining ingredients together. Combine the the dr ingredients with the wet ingredients, but do not mix too much. Pour mixture into a well buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees 50 to 60 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan; cool thoroughly on cooling tray before slicing.
Pumpkin is rich in carotenoids the orange substance that gives such foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, cantaloupes, broccoli, tomatoes, apricots and pumpkin its color. The carotenoids act as antioxidants, which help prevent damage to the cells in our bodies and help prevents wrinkles. Pumpkin is a really great source of fiber, a great source of vitamin A which is great for your eye-sight and helps build your immune system.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from a couple of the women featured on The Glow.
“When it comes to being a mother, don’t listen to anyone. Absolutely no one. Ignore all of it…Being a mom is about developing your own style, just like anything else. Your kid is going to be complicated and tormented and amazing just like every other human being that walks this earth no matter what, so trust your instincts and drown out the noise. The only person who knows what your child needs is you.”-Molly Guy creative director, Stone Fox Bride
“The best advice I’ve ever been given as a mom is to be flexible, and forget about perfection. I try not to over think things—parenting is not something I’m trying to master. I’m working on letting go, and enjoying time with my son while he’s this age. Hopefully the rest will be a process of trial and error. So far, this has been my most amazing journey to date. -Anita Bitton founder, The Establishment
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