The BEST Pumpkin Bread….made even better with the addition of fresh cranberries and sweet cream cheese icing! The perfect addition to your holiday table!
Well, we’ve officially entered a new era. The era of kids and electronic devices. God help us.
To be honest, it’s been a long time coming. Ever since sometime last year, or maybe the year before, Ellia & Greta have been BEGGING us to let them have something…anything…to call their own. Because everyone has something. Obviously. So for as long as I can remember, this has been a discussion. But just recently, they’ve really turned up the volume. The weekly requests have become daily….and the “we’ll talk about it” has stopped working as an acceptable response.
Yes, I knew it was only a matter of time. Of course, I wasn’t expecting to wake up this morning and be told by Greta that she has her own phone. And I wasn’t expecting Ellia to ask me to charge hers while she was at school today….but sometimes things happen when you least expect them. And apparently the time for phones is now! (To be fair, their phones are actually our old phones….which work more like iPods….and, as Greta told me, I should be happy I don’t have to buy anything new….but yes. Times they are a-changin’.)
And seasons are a’changin’, too. To be honest, I’m not really sure if I should be thinking about Thanksgiving or Christmas right now….so for today, I decided to think about both. With this Cranberry Pumpkin Bread! I know, I know….pumpkin bread recipes are everywhere. But. THIS pumpkin bread is the BEST!!! And not just because it’s packed with fresh cranberries, and topped with delicious cream cheese icing, but because the bread itself is so incredibly perfect. Of course, the cranberries and icing don’t hurt…and they’re the perfect additions to take this recipe from fall to winter. And trust me….once you try it, you’re going to want it for BOTH. In fact, you’re going to want it all. the. time! Cranberry Pumpkin Bread for Thanksgiving, Cranberry Pumpkin Bread for Christmas, and Cranberry Pumpkin for breakfast….just because.
Cranberry Pumpkin Bread
- 2 c. granulated sugar
- 1 c. packed brown sugar
- 3/4 c. vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. allspice
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ginger
- 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 3 1/2 c. flour
- 1/3 c. water
- 2 c. fresh cranberries
Cream Cheese Icing
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 2 oz. cream cheese softened
- 2 tsp. milk
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat at low speed until blended.
Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Beat until blended.
Add pumpkin and eggs. Beat until blended.
Add flour and water and stir just until blended.
Stir in cranberries.
Pour batter into two (5x9 inch) loaf pans that have been greased and floured.
Bake at 375 degrees for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes in pan, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Combine icing ingredients and mix until smooth. Spoon icing over bread. *Icing recipe can be doubled according to taste.
Recipe NotesBasic Pumpkin Bread recipe adapted from An Occasion to Gather.