As mentioned in my previous post, this is the second pumpkin recipe that Cushla shared with us at my last Healthy eating on a budget cooking class on Friday 18/03/2011.
With the weather turned wet and cooler, signs of fall are ushering into the Southern hemisphere. Hence, it is good time to start introducing some great fall's cooking recipes. Harvested in autumn, pumpkin is a seasonal vegetable widely available at a reasonable price during this time of the year. When pumpkins are abundant and cheap, you can to try making some pumpkin puree and freeze for use in soups, pies or healthy and moist Vegetarian loaf like this. The recipe used here is originated from a grated vegetable.
For this recipe we used cooked unsalted pumpkin puree instead. The amount of flour might need to be increased a little to compensate for the extra wetness. For a variation of this appetizing vegetarian loaf, one can use half pumpkin puree and half grated carrot. Adjustment to sweetness of the loaf much depends on the type of vegetable used. If grated carrots are used then use less sugar, however add more sugar if using courgettes.
To serve, slice and butter or ice with a fresh lemon or top with orange juice icing. You can also convert this pumpkin loaf into pumpkin muffins by baking in muffin pan instead. This tasty quick bread is great to serve in kids' lunch box. It is also a brilliant way to disguise vegetable to get veggie-hater like my son to eat veggie!
|Sweet Pumpkin loaf 南瓜疏菜面包 -featured in Group Recipes 30/03/2011|
|SWEET PUMPKIN LOAF|
1 cup grated pumpkin/pumpkin puree/ carrot or courgette
1 large or 2 small eggs
½ cup soya oil
½ to 1 cup raw sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup each whole meal and white flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice
Pinch of salt
½ cups chopped walnuts, sultanas or other dried fruit (optional)
The Making of Pumpkin Puree
Cut pumpkin into even sized pieces and steam until tender. Drain, cool then remove skin and scoop flesh into processor or bowl. Purée or mash into a smooth puree. Freeze to store.