Pumpkin Everything Please
My three year old has been a bit of a beast at daycare drop off lately. He is boycotting sleep in the evenings so he just doesn’t want to stay at daycare. Of course, once we leave he’s fine, but the sweet teachers in his class have the epic task of calming him down.
As a little thank you to them, I decided to send in one of my favorite fall treats – Pumpkin Pear Bread. My three year old loves baking so he acts as my mini sous chef.
Pumpkin Pear Bread Recipe Notes:
- The recipe bakes a lot. I usually do two full loaves of bread but this time I did one loaf and a pan and a half of mini muffins. You could also bake mini loaves to freeze for later or give as gifts.
- I did a cinnamon swirl on the bread, but not the muffins. Basically, I mixed 2 tablespoons of brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. I sprinkled on the top of the bread and took the bottom of the spoon to swirl it into the loaf.
Tips For Baking With Kids
- It’s going to get messyJ
- For best results, pre-measure your ingredients ahead of time so that the helpful little hands don’t mess up the measurements.
- Use plastic mixing bowls and have a whisk for each of you.
- Make sure your child understands the oven is off limits. I usually don’t even pre-heat the oven until the batter is complete and poured so that my son gets bored waiting for it and moves on to something else. We also have a line he doesn’t cross when mama is checking our baked goods in the oven.
Now that we’ve laid the groundwork, on to the recipe.
Pumpkin Pear Bread or Muffins
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 – 90 minutes (depending on bread versus muffins)
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups sugar
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie)
4 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
½ cup water
3 small pears (peeled and cubed)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Grease baking item (either 2 loaf pans, 1 loaf pan and mini muffin tin or mini loaf pan)
- Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in medium sized bowl.
- In large bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, vegetable oil and water.
- Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir until combined.
- Add pears.
- Spoon batter into prepared pans.
- If you plan to do a cinnamon brown sugar swirl, this is the time to add it.
- Bake until toothpick comes out clean. Baking times vary, but here is a guide: 9×5 bread loaf – 50 – 60 minutes, mini bread loaves – 30 – 40 minutes, mini muffins – 15 – 25 minutes
This recipe makes a lot of bread or muffins so be prepared to share. It also freezes well. I wait until it completely cools, then wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.