Sweet Spiced Pumpkin Bread

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Serves8-10 people
Sweet Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Give banana bread a seasonal makeover. Swap in roast pumpkin or squash. Add a generous pinch of spice to create the perfect autumn bake. Serve it warm from the oven with butter and jam. It makes a cosy teatime treat or light and tasty breakfast.

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  • 75g coconut oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 110g white spelt flour
  • 110g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 75ml oat drink
  • 150g maple syrup
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 225g roasted and mashed pumpkin or butternut squash
  • 25g pumpkin seeds
  • 15g sunflower seeds
  • 30g walnut halves, roughly chopped

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 40-45 mins

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1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Grease a 900g loaf tin with a little coconut oil and line the base with baking paper. Set aside.
2. Sift the spelt and plain flour into a large mixing bowl, then add the baking powder and a pinch of sea salt. Add the cinnamon and mixed spice. Crush the cardamom pods with the back of a spoon, then crush the black seeds in a pestle and mortar or in a small bowl with the end of a jam jar or rolling pin. Add to the bowl. Whisk everything together (you can use a fork) to mix.
3. Add 75g coconut oil to a food processor, then pour in the oat drink and maple syrup. Crack in the eggs and scoop in the roasted and mashed pumpkin or squash. Whizz till combined and smooth. No food processor? Just mash the squash in a big bowl till smooth, the beat in the rest of the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon or electric beaters till combined.
4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and beat together to mix. Scoop the batter into the loaf tin. Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and roughly chopped walnuts over the top of the pumpkin bread.
5. Slide the tin into the oven and bake for 40-45 mins till risen and firm – a skewer inserted into the middle should come out clean. Take the tin out of the oven and let the bread cool in the tin for 10-15 mins, then turn out. This pumpkin bread is lovely served warm or cold, just as it is or topped with butter or nut butter and a spoonful of jam.
6. How To Roast Sqaush
This bread is great for using up wedges of leftover roast squash, but if you want to roast some squash or pumpkin to make the bread, start by preheating your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Halve an 800g-1 kg butternut squash or slice 1 kg other squash or pumpkin into wedges. Scoop out the seeds. Pop the squash on a baking tray, slide into the oven and roast for 30-45 mins, till very tender and a little charred. Leave to cool (if you can roast the squash the night before, it will be perfect for this recipe the following day), then weigh out the roast squash and follow the recipe.
7. Make It Vegan
If you want to swap out the eggs to make this loaf vegan, replace them with 2 tbsp finely ground linseeds whisked with 2-4 tbsp cold water to make a thick, sticky goo.
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