My mom stopped over this morning for a cup of coffee. She claimed that she was in town and thought it wouldn’t be very nice to just pass on through without saying ‘Hi!’

 I know better! She smelled my pumpkin raisin bread that was baking in the oven.  It’s a good thing too, because Mom likes to have something sweet with her coffee.

I was given this recipe years ago, by a very dear friend.  I don’t know about you-but whenever I used to make other breads (especially banana) they never seemed to turn out perfectly.  Oh sure-they tasted good-and some were simply delicious-but what I disliked so much-was the fact the tops always cracked!!

Well, guess what.  THIS recipe actually calls for the top to crack. My dear friend put it in writing.  Stating-‘when the top cracks, the bread is done.’

 YIPPEE!!!  I no longer have to feel inept or disgruntled because my bread doesn’t look perfect.  So what!  It’s going to be sliced up and “GOBBLED” up anyway.  And besides- now I don’t have to ‘kill’ my bread by sticking it a hundred times to see if it’s done.

But-that isn’t the only AMAZING thing about this recipe.  #2 is-it has raisins!  I love- absolutely LOVE raisins in anything.  Rice pudding-oatmeal cookies, broccoli salad-you name it and it’s going to be delicious with those sweet, juicy tidbits!  #3 is- how moist this bread turns out.

Just take a peak-

The bread was barely out of the oven, before mom was asking if she could have a slice.

So, here’s the recipe:

1/3 cup softened butter
2 eggs
1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin
1 2/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cloves
1 1/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup nuts-chopped (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325- Grease loaf pan.
Mix together butter, sugar, eggs and pumpkin  Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and salt.  Stir in baking soda, raisins and nuts.  Pour mix into loaf pan and bake for 1- 1 1/2 hours.  ****Loaf will crack when done!!!!

 Remember- pumpkin isn’t just for fall!  This bread can be served year round it’s so delicious!
Hope you enjoy! Happy Monday!

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