This novel recipe is great for gift-giving. Baked in a canning jar, this bread "will last forever," if the seal isn’t broken,the recipe creator writes. (This recipe is from the Stonycreek Farm in Noblesville, Indiana, home of a month-long Pumpkin Harvest Festival each October.)
Canned Pumpkin Bread
2/3 cup shortening
2 2/3 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree
2/3 cup water
3 1/3 cup flour
½ tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
2/3 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 325 F
2. Cream together the shortening and sugar.
3. Beat in the eggs, pumpkin and water.
4. Sift together the dry ingredients. Add to the pumpkin mixture, along with the nuts, if desired
5. Pour the batter into clean, greased canning jars, filling them half full. Bake in jars without lids for about 25 minutes, or until the bread rises and pulls away from the sides of the jars.
6. When the bread is done, remove 1 jar at a time from the oven, clean its rim, and firmly screw on a 2-piece canning lid. Let the jars cool on the counter away from drafts. You can tell each jar has become vacuum-sealed when its dome is sucked downward at the center during cooling. Store jars in a cool, dry, dark place.
*** My friend Julie gave us a lovely homemade blueberry jam in a small canning jar with a strip of plaid fabric tied into a loose bow around the neck of the jar, and it was beautiful! I have also seen people use raffia and attatch faux-berry clusters from the craft store with a small hot glue gun(also available at the craft stores.)
*** Can you tell that I have been obsessed with visiting my local AC Moore lately??
I have that crafting itch again, as always when Fall comes along! There are wreaths to make,scrapbooking all of the Summer's events,homemade cards to make for Fall Harvest Parties or Thanksgiving Celebrations, falling crimson and gold leaves to press, yummy breads & desserts and all kinds of seasonal meals, cinnamon sticks and cloves to boil on the stove and pumpkins to decorate with the kiddos! Oh, so much fun!! :)
Not to mention the Hay Rides and Fall Festivals, Apple Picking and Pies and Pumpkin Ice Cream ;) Oh, I just love Fall! Thank you God for Fall!