Pumpkin Pie…Thing Of The Past

Most of my cooking inspiration comes from my clients.  I ask them to tell me all of their food likes, dislikes, allergies and menu themes, and In return I give them a custom menu that is made according to all of their responses.  I was recently asked to make a pumpkin bread for a “Thanksgiving style” meal.  I thought it was a brilliant idea!  Their request pushed the bounds and reached for more than just a pumpkin pie.  
It always amazes me when a vegetable or fruit can be used in both savory and sweet dishes.  Zucchini, Carrots, Apples….the list goes on and on.  They all can be used in not only a savory recipe but in a dessert as well!  Pumpkin is another one of those versatile foods and It is perfectly showcased In this moist and beautiful pumpkin chocolate chip bread.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Makes 8 or more Servings

1 C. Sugar

½ C. Butter or Earth Balance
1 – 15 Oz. Can Pumpkin Puree
2 Eggs
½ t. salt
1 ½ C. Flour
1 t. Baking Soda
½ C. Sour Cream or Soy Milk or Almond Milk
1 t. Vanilla
½ C. Chocolate Chips, Good Quality
½ C. Chopped Walnuts (optional) 

Preheat oven to 350. Beat butter or Earth Balance and sugar together.  Add pumpkin puree and eggs. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and sour cream or almond/soy milk.  Stir in vanilla, nuts and chocolate chips. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake for one hour or until tooth pick comes out clean. (Muffins = 30 minutes bake time).

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