Thursday, March 6, 2014

mini Pumpkin Spice Loaves

mini Pumpkin Spice Loaves (can be used in mini muffin pans also)

ingredients
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/4 ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup butter/margarine, softened
3 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 tsp vanilla

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 12 mini loaf pans (or the appropriate number of mini/regular muffin pans).
In medium bowl, mix dry ingredients, pecans and raisins. Toss to coat, then set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter/margarine with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy.  Gradually add sugar, beating well.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating just till combined.  On low speed beat in flour mixture alternately with pumpkin.  Stir in vanilla.  Divide batter amongst loaf pans or about 3/4 of the way up the muffin pans.
Bake 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  For muffins, check them after about 20 minutes...and add more time accordingly, as needed, till the toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely.  Dust with powdered sugar.

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