October is upon us, which means pumpkin.
We collect our ingredients in the sun strewn kitchen on this beautiful Sunday morning.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and all spice speckled flour is incorporated into creamed butter and sugar.
Alternate with pumpkin puree until mixture is smooth and orange in color.
Chopped walnuts and a healthy dose of chocolate chips are folded into the batter before it is placed into the loaf pan.
More walnuts are sprinkled over top before it is placed into the warm oven.
While the loaf is baking, we mix cinnamon and nutmeg into confectioners’ sugar and milk for a decadent glaze.
Pumpkin Walnut Loaf with Chocolate Chips
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time until incorporated. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Add flour and pumpkin, alternately beginning and ending with flour until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips and 3/4 cup walnuts.
Bake for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.
Combine glaze ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the top of the baked loaf.
Slice and enjoy!