A few weeks ago my mother discovered that she had a gluten allergy. Not only did she need to cut gluten out of her diet, the doctor suggested that these types of food allergies are genetic and our whole family should consider eating less gluten and getting tested. Well, I am could consider cutting down on my bread consumption or changing my snacks. But I am not ready to give up my baked goods. Chocolate cake, cookies, and pumpkin bread along with all the other delightful desserts I love baking are all filled with gluten. Did this mean I had to give up on all of these treats?
I was only convinced that this was not the end of the world by the fact that you can buy and bake with gluten-free flour. So, determined not to let gluten deprive me of my desserts I decided to start experimenting. I set about baking like it was the apocalypse and only sugary desserts would save me. At the end of a few interesting experiments I decided that I could live in a gluten-free world and continue baking with gluten-free flour. So, here is my favourite pumpkin bread recipe made allergy friendly.
3 1/3 cups Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Flour
3/4 teaspoon Xantham gum
2 teaspoons Baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 cups Sugar
1 cup Vegetable oil
2/3 cup Water
2 cups Canned Pumpkin
1/2 cup Chopped Pecan nuts (These are optional and I typically exclude them from my recipe.)
Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir well to mix them.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.
Add the vegetable oil, water, eggs and pumpkin.
Stir, mixing all the ingredients together well.
Pour the batter into three greased and floured loaf pans.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F for one hour or until done.
Cool the loaves in the pans for 10 minutes before removing them.
Place the loaves on a rack to finish cooling.
Now you have a delicious gluten-free pumpkin bread to enjoy and share with your friends and family. And in case you’ve accidentally made too many loaves in the experimenting process, pumpkin bread freezes very well.