|I placed 4 walnut halves in a row down the top for a festive look!|
Ingredients for Grandma's Walnut Bread:
3 C. sugar
1 C. vegetable oil
2/3 C. water
2 C. pumpkin
1 C. chopped nuts
3 1/3 C. flour + 1 T. separated
1 1/2 t. soda
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. ground cloves
|No nuts version|
Beat together the sugar and oil. Add in the eggs one at a time beating after each addition. Blend in the pumpkin. Stir together the dry ingredients and add them alternately with the water to the batter mixing until just blended. Add a tablespoon of flour to the chopped nuts and stir together well, this will keep them from sinking to the bottom of the loaf. Stir in the nuts. Divide the batter between the 2 prepared pans evenly and garnish with a row of walnut halves down the middle of the loaf if desired.
Bake in the preheated oven at 350 for about 1 and 1/2 hours until done when tested with a skewer in the center of the loaf.
After removing the loaves cool on a rack for 20 minutes. Run a thin knife all the way around the outside edge to loosen. Invert the loaf into your hand and remove from the pans then continue cooling on the rack until cold. Store in a large plastic bag. Slice and serve with soft butter or softened cream cheese.
Ingredients for the Frosting:
The formula for the frosting I am using for the no nuts loaf is for each 1 C. of powdered sugar add 1 T. soft butter and 1/2 t. vanilla. Then add 1 T. cream and stir together. Add additional droplets of cream and stir until reaching the consistency you want. Drizzle or spread across the loaf and serve.