This is the best pumpkin bread you will ever taste. The secret is roasting a local pie pumpkin and using sweet local carrots!
What you need for Local Pumpkin Carrot Pecan Bread:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup local pie pumpkin from Wolf Creek Farm, roasted & pureed
2 local eggs from Moore Family Farm
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, Frontier Co-op
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, Frontier Co-op, from bulk section
1 teaspoon baking powder, from bulk section
1 teaspoon baking soda, from bulk section
1 teaspoon salt, from bulk section
1½ cups all-purpose King Arthur Flour flour
1 cup local and organic carrots from PrairiErth Farm, shredded finely
1/2 cup regional Voss pecans, from bulk section
1/4 cup pepitas, from bulk section
Roasting Pie Pumpkin
1) Preheat oven to 375F.
2) Using a large chef knife, slice the top and stem off the pie pumpkin. Slice the pumpkin lengthwise down the middle.
3) Remove the seeds with a spoon.
4) Place halves of pumpkin face down on a baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes or until the pumpkin is fully softened. Let cool.
Making the batter
5) In a large bowl, add softened butter, brown sugar and mix until thoroughly combined. Add 1 cup of cooled pumpkin puree and incorporate into the batter. Add in the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla extract.
6) Gradually add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
7) Finely shred one cup of carrots and add to the batter with pecans.
8) Pour into a greased loaf pan and top with additional pecans and pepitas.
9) Bake the loaf for 40-45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick removes clean without batter.
10) Let cool 30 minutes. This recipe is extra delicious with butter or whipped cream!
Roasted Pie Pumpkin is so much better than canned pumpkin
I usually have nothing against canned pumpkin, but when making this pumpkin bread from scratch, I noticed how much sweeter and more flavorful this pumpkin bread was because I used local pie pumpkin as the base. There was no bitterness from the pumpkin, it was just sweet. Try some of our pie pumpkins that we have in the store right now. If you don't have pumpkin, you could use other winter squash like butternut, buttercup, baby blue hubbard, kabocha, or other local squash. If you buy a local squash, you're also helping support our local farms, so what could be better?
Buy from the bulk section
If your cupboards are filled to the brim like mine, you probably don't need any more spice blend containers. That's why I like to buy my pumpkin pie spice from our bulk section because I know I am not going to use a whole container of pumpkin pie spice. It will just sit there for a year or two before I get to use it again. Just buy a little bit of the spice that way it will be as fresh and flavorful as possible. I also buy sea salt, baking soda, baking powder, nuts, and flour in the bulk section too. You can grab exactly how much you need and you don't have to waste a bit.
Good dessert, snack, or toast for breakfast
Not only is this bread delicious right of the oven but it also lasts several days after baking. You can have it as a snack or if you like, you can slightly toast it and put a little butter on it!