How many times do I hear myself say, "where is that big orange binder?" or "has anyone seen that big orange binder?" The big orange binder has been accumulating recipes, kinspiration & original recipe cards tucked into plastic sleeves for my entire-almost-forty year existence. "The Big Orange Binder" is an organization attempt. It's a recipe with a story neatly packaged in a place where I'll always be able to find the ever-elusive . . . Big Orange Binder.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Pumpkin Bread

This is an old favorite, first given to me by Dottie, my college boyfriend's mother.  She made it for him and he would bring it to the dorms.   It's lovely.  Don't freak out about the ingredients.  It makes a TON of bread . . . (so it seems like it's terrible but you get a very high yield!!)


3 cups of sugar
1 cup of oil


4 eggs (one at a time) 

Mix well, then add: 

2/3 cup water
2 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
16 oz can of pumpkin
3 1/2 cups of flour 

Bake at 350 for about 60 minutes (for large loaves).  Small loaves bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Also makes fabulous muffins. 

Top these guys with raw oats, or a packet of instant maple or brown sugar oatmeal.   Make dessert by adding cream cheese frosting.  Add nuts or raisins to the batter.  I've also done the method where you inject whipped cinnamon cream cheese into the center of these muffins.  It's lovely. 

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