Orange scented pumpkin bread is great on its own but even better when slathered with a cinnamon spiced cream cheese icing. This is a great tried and true, recipe whenever you need anything pumpkin.
This recipe is so good I make often. It can also be made into a sheet cake, muffins or bread. I’ve made it studded with chocolate chips or just left it plain. It is great with cream cheese icing. This is my go to pumpkin recipe for good reason, no matter how you bake it, you end up with a delicious treat
1- 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
4 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice – reserve orange for zesting
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound box powdered sugar, sifted
1-2 teaspoons milk (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare pans with butter and flour or spray with cooking spray; set aside.
In a medium bowl sift flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin puree, orange juice, sugar, oil, applesauce and vanilla. Mix well with wire whisk. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and with a wooden spoon mix just until combined. Stir in chopped nuts if using. Pour batter into pans and bake until done. Let cool on rack for 10-15 minutes and then remove from pans and cool entirely before frosting. Cooking times: 9 x 13: 40-45 minutes, 11 x 18: 30 minutes, large loaf pans: 40 minutes, small loaf pans: 25 minutes.
To make frosting, cream together the softened butter and cream cheese in a stand mixer with an electric beater.
Add orange zest, cinnamon and vanilla.
Add powdered sugar to taste I usually use ½ to 3/4 of the box and mix until thoroughly combined and smooth. Add salt. Use milk in necessary to make frosting desired consistency.
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