A variation on one of my mother’s recipes, this bread is rich with warm and sweet spices, and moist from the pumpkin. Bright, tart cranberries and orange zest enliven it further–wonderful on a cool autumn or winter day, and great for gift giving.
Heat oven to 350° F. Grease bottom only of 1 loaf pan, 9x5x3. Cream sugar and butter in large bowl. Stir in eggs, pumpkin and water. Mix in flour and other dry ingredients. Add in cranberries. Pour into pan and bake until wooden pick inserted comes out clean, 60-70 minutes. Cool 5 minutes, loosen sides of loaf from pan and remove. Makes 1 loaf.
Healing energetics: This recipe offers the comfort and warmth of baking your own bread during the cooler months. The cranberries nourish the Yin (passive, quiet, moistening nature) of the body and benefit the Bladder and Kidneys. The pumpkin helps to drain dampness, is high in fiber, tonifies the digestion and nourish the Earth element organs of Stomach and Spleen. The spices, all pungent and sweet, warm and nourish.
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