Chef John's Holiday Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2eggs
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • Step 2

    Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

  • Step 3

    Mix butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.

  • Step 4

    Whisk in eggs one at a time until combined.

  • Step 5

    Whisk in the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, Chinese five-spice powder, and allspice until combined.

  • Step 6

    Stir flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda into the pumpkin mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in chopped walnuts.

  • Step 7

    Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.

  • Step 8

    Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.

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