Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

We have company coming over later today and it’s always nice to have some freshly baked treat for company. So instead of soup today, I offer you some very delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread.

This weekend I will be trying some new soup recipes. I have a hankering for something with shrimp, so  I may try my hand at a Curried Shrimp Soup. I also have enjoyed my slightly sweet Spinach and Pear soup so much that I’m thinking of trying something with peaches. And there are left over parsnips that need to be used.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

1 cup sugar
½ tsp salt
2 eggs
½ to 1 tsp cinnamon
1- 15 oz can pumpkin puree
1- 2 tsp vanilla
½ cup oil (I use olive oil)
½ to 1 tsp All spice
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips

1.     Preheat oven to 325°.
2.     Combine first nine ingredients (everything but the flour). You can use a mixing bowl and a nice sturdy spoon – no need for electricity.
3.     Add the flour and mix until smooth. I use a combination of white and wheat flour. Stir in the chocolate chips. 
4.     Prepare one 9” x 5” loaf pan or 3 3” x 5” small loaf pans by spraying well with pan spray (Pam) or by smearing well with butter.
5.     Fill the pans about 2/3rds full. If you fill them all the way, when the bread rises it will overflow and make a huge mess.
6.     Sprinkle with Sugar in the Raw. You can bake with this sugar, too.
7.     Bake the 3 small loaves for 40 minutes and one large loaf for one hour at 325°or until a toothpick or small sharp knife inserted in the bread comes out clean.
8.     Remove from oven and cool in pan for 5 minutes. Run a sharp knife gently around the edge of the pan and turn onto a cooling rack.
9.     Don’t wrap this until it is completely cool. Store on the counter for a few days or in the refrigerator. You can freeze it too.
10. I have substituted banana for the pumpkin. You’ll need about 3 normal sized bananas. Mush them well.
11. You can also make muffins. Use muffin tin liners and sprinkle with Sugar in the Raw. You should be able to make 12 or more regular size muffins.

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