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3 Delectable Recipes to Warm Up Your Winter!

Winter is almost here, and it’s time to prepare all the recipes to keep ourselves warm and cosy during the cold months. We’ve featured casseroles in the past, but here are three other ways to enjoy the tastiest treats while still keeping warm. For the few of us who are morning persons, or at least have to get up early for work or school, the importance of having a hearty and delicious breakfast cannot be underrated. And of course, a go-to cup of hot chocolate – as well as a yummy dessert for later – cannot be missed! With this in mind, here are 3 winter recipes to help you kick off your day with some yummy dishes right off the bat!
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Fragrant Pumpkin Bread

Great comfort food never fails. With classic recipes such as pumpkin bread, one can always feel at home anytime, anywhere. Served on its own, with butter or jam, or with soups, pumpkin bread effortlessly stands out on the dinner table. In just an hour or so, you can have real homemade goodness right within the confines of your kitchen. Follow and share this recipe with loved ones to spread the warm, homey aroma of pumpkin bread.

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread is great on its own or with spreads and jams. You can tweak the recipe to include your own choice of nuts, herbs and dried fruit – the possibilities are endless! For starters, check out this simple and no-nonsense recipe:

Pumpkin bread
SERVINGS: 2 Loaves

PREP TIME: 20 Minutes

COOK TIME: 60 Minutes

Equipments

Ingredients

  • 450 g sugar
  • 250 ml vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 450 g unsweetened pumpkin (canned)
  • 450 g flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 150 ml water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
  2. Grease the bottoms of two 22x12cm loaf pans with butter and flour.
  3. Mix the sugar and oil together, then stir in the eggs and pumpkin.
  4. Take all dry ingredients and combine in another bowl. Slowly add water. Finally, blend in with the egg-and-pumpkin mixture.
  5. Pour the batter evenly on two loaf pans.
  6. Bake for around 60 minutes. To be sure, use a cake tester.
  7. Let the loaf stand for ten minutes.
  8. Take the bread out of the pans, then cool and serve.

Pumpkin Bread

Baking Tips:

  • By greasing only the bottoms of the pans, you get a gently rounded top of the bread.
  • You can add raisins and nuts – even garlic cloves – to the mix if desired.
  • Bundt cake pans also work in place of loaf pans.
  • Adding as little as 2 teaspoons of vanilla can create all the difference in terms of the sweetness and savouriness of the bread.
  • For a healthier approach, replace the vegetable oil with applesauce, the white flour with whole wheat flour, and use brown instead of white sugar.

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