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Golden Pumpkin Bread

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Cooking Time:

35 minutes

Directions

1 c. milk
1 c. canned pumpkin
1/4 c. shortening
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cardamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 c. warm water (110-115)
6 1/2 c. sifted alll-purpose flour
2 eggs

 

*Scald milk; stir in pumpkin, shortening, sugar, salt and spices.
* Sprinkle yeast on warm water; stir to dissolve.
* Add 3 c. flour, milk mixture and eggs to yeast. Beat with electric mixer at 
medium speed 2 minutes, scrapping the bowl occasionally. Or beat by      hand 
until batter is smooth.
* Mix in enough remaining flour, a little at a time, first with spoon and then 
with hands, to make a dough that leaves the sides of the bowl.
* Turn onto lightly floured board. Knead until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 
minutes. Place in lightly greased bowl and  turn dough over t ogrease top. Cover 
and let rise in warm place until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hourss. Punch down. Turn 
onto board, divide  in half and round up to make 2 balls. Shape in loaves and 
place in 2 greased 9 x 5x3 " loaf pans. Brush tops of leaves with melted butter. 
Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 50 minutes. 
 
* Bake in moderate oven (375) about 35 minutes, or until bread tests done.
 
Variation:
 
Spiced Pumpkin Raisin Bread: Stir 11/2 c. seedless raisins into batter before 
adding second portion of flour wwith spoon and hands when making Golden Pumpkin 
Bread.