Friday, December 20, 2013

THE BEST PUMPKIN BREAD


Today is the day! Pumpkin muffins day in the office! 

Can you tell that I'm a little excited?

Every year at Christmas I like to do something nice for my colleagues at work. After all, I spend 40+ hours a week with them... they are a huge part of my daily life. Because it's crazy to think about buying presents for my whole office, I opt to bake. I love this tradition I've created for myself because it is one of the main things that puts me in the holiday spirit. 

Baking to me is personal. With each gift I whip up in the kitchen I get to say, "I spent time making this just for you." And that makes me super happy. The holidays are about people more so than about presents and for me, this is a great way to remember that. 

When I was planning my baking extravaganza this year, I decided to make my favorite FAVORITE pumpkin bread recipe in the form of muffins to hand out at work. I mentioned that I earned the name Pumpkin Girl from this recipe, so it seemed like the obvious choice. 

After turning my beloved pumpkin into fresh pumpkin puree, I turned on some One Tree Hill and set to work in the kitchen last night making each muffin with love (and green sprinkles!).


To make the muffins even more special. I used these adorable, personalized labels from Tiny Prints on each muffin. It was so easy to design them on the Tiny Prints site and even easier to stick them on each baggie. I will definitely be using this idea again as I'm already getting compliments around the office on my gift. It was easy as pie to make them and they totally boost up the level of holiday cheer. Eeee!

So that brings me to you my dear readers. 2013 has blessed me beyond measure and one of my greatest accomplishments this year has been starting this blog. She is Moments is my home away from home and I love sharing my life, joys, and even my struggles with you. Thank you for reading and for each and every comment. I love hearing from you and your support means so much. 

I really wanted to give you something this Christmas too and after spending some time thinking about a possible giveaway, I came up with an even better idea: I will give you my favorite recipe.


I have not shared this pumpkin bread recipe before - and how silly! If I love it so much, I should share it with everyone I know.

From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy this recipe and I wish you a very merry Christmas.



Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (or muffins)
Makes 4-5 dozen muffins (depending on how large you want them) or 2 loaves
Adapted from this recipe.
Labels c/o Tiny Prints

Ingredients
1 cup real butter (salted)
3 cups sugar
4 eggs
3 1/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
4 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2/3 cup water
2 cups real pumpkin (from a pumpkin... this is my secret ingredient!)
1 regular-sized bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
1. Mix wet ingredients with electric beaters in a large bowl - butter, sugar, and eggs. Note: The other ingredients will eventually be added to this bowl, so this one is the biggest you'll need.
2. Put all the dry ingredients into a separate, large-ish bowl and mix lightly with a spoon - flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves.
3. Add half of the dry ingredients, 1/3 cup water and 1 cup of the pumpkin to the wet mixture and beat it together.
4. When that is mixed, add the rest of the dry ingredients, the last 1/3 cup of water and the remaining 1 cup of pumpkin and beat till completely combined.
5. Stir in the chocolate chips (whole bag!) with a spoon.
6. Pour into lined muffin tins or greased loaf pans and bake at 350.
7. Bake muffins for 15-18 minutes. Bake loaves for 45min to an hour. 



And for the gluten-free in the office. :)
Don't worry, I ate their muffins!



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