This is an excellent sweet bread that is sure to make the holidays extra festive!! Try it with the streusel crumb topping, you won’t be disappointed!
- 3 cups of sugar
- 3⅓ cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ tablespoons baking powder
- 1½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 4 eggs
- 1 can pumpkin (15 Oz.)
- ½ cup oil
- ½ cup applesauce
- 1 cup water
Sift and combine dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
In another bowl, combine wet ingredients then add to the dry ingredients, don’t over mix, it should be a little lumpy.
Grease 3 9×4 pans and pour equal amounts of the batter into the pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.
Extra Moist Bread Trick: After cooling for 5 minutes, individually roll the loaves in a sheet of foil and let cool the rest of the way.
Streusel Topping: In a small bowl combine ¼ cup packed brown sugar and 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in 2 tablespoons of butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in ⅓ cup chopped walnuts (optional). Note: If you don’t have any applesauce on hand just double the oil to 1 cup. It just adds a nice depth of flavor.