Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread…pumpkin and chocolate team up in this update of a fall classic. This quick bread comes together fast and tasty!
Traditions lend comfortable predictability to life, like a snuggly blanket on a chilly day. Here in the US we just celebrated Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the whole year. I love that my nuclear family gathers, if only for a few days (with one daughter living in the South, these moments are rare). I love having all my extended family get together (which is more important than ever now that we don’t live in the same state).
And of course, I love the food traditions. You know, roast turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, and all the desserts (those are my specialty, as you might expect).
(pausing to wipe the drool off my keyboard)
One tradition I don’t touch is that my Father-in-Law won’t let me in the door unless I promise to bake him my Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, and that’s upwards of 30 years now!
How to make pumpkin bread
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is considered a quick bread. Unlike cakes & cookies, quick breads you mix all the ingredients together in a bowl…no creaming butter and sugar together. In fact, you don’t even need a mixer at all to make a quick bread, and they are oh, so versatile.
They can be made in a standard loaf pan, mini loaf pans, , bundt cake pans, standard muffin cups, or even mini 2-bite muffins…so many options!
It's all those warm Fall baking spices that make pumpkin bread so seasonal.
And it's the chocolate chips that make pumpkin bread special!
Hunting for the right recipe
I couldn’t find my original recipe for pumpkin bread when I moved to Boston, so I searched until I found one on Alexandra Cooks that looked similar to what I remembered. A few tweaks here and there, and voilá…Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread as it has always been.
Then I found my old recipe I had used for years…you can see how well loved (and adapted over the years) it was.
There was one year when I accidentally bought a large-sized (29 oz) can of pumpkin, so I added the 2nd recipe you see in the picture for Pumpkin Gingerbread Loaves (I couldn’t let that extra pumpkin go to waste!).
The only real difference between my old recipe and the one above is the addition of more baking spices and the reduction in the amount of sugar needed, and both those changes are for the better, I believe.
Do you have a traditional “must have” dish at your Thanksgiving feast (or another celebratory dinner)? What do your relatives clamor for you to bring? Inquiring minds want to know!
Having baking traditions is a great way of celebrating the past, even if you tweak it a bit. Now if you’ll excuse me, that last slice of pumpkin bread is calling to me (assuming I beat my Father-in-Law to it)…yummmm…
Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!
More recipes for quick breads
Most quick bread recipes can be made as bundt cakes or muffins. A tip is if the recipe makes one loaf, use a small 6-cup bundt pan. If the recipe makes two loaves, use a standard 10- to 12-cup bundt pan. You can also adjust the recipe you're using (doubling or halving it) to fit the pan you'd like to use. Here are some ideas to get you started...
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
- 3 cups all purpose flour, (13 oz, 360g)
- 2 cups granulated sugar, (14 oz, 400g)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp allspice
- 1 cup canola oil, (7 oz, 200g)
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 can pumpkin purée, canned, not pie filling (15 oz, 420g)
- ¾ cup water, (6 oz, 170g)
- 2 cups chocolate chips, (12 oz, 336g)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin purée and water and mix only until just incorporated, then stir in chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into prepared pans (don’t fill pans higher than 2/3 full).
- Bake for about an hour (if using standard loaf pans) but start checking for doneness after 45 minutes — the loaves are done when center springs back when touched and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in the pan for 15 mintues, then remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack. Serve and enjoy!