This moist and fluffy Pumpkin Cranberry Loaf with accents of citrus, spice and sparkly sugar crystals on top gets the nickname of "Sugar Plum Fairy Bread" for the holidays. I call it this because (reason one, I love The Nutcracker Ballet.) And two, because it is just so sweet and lovely - the aroma dances through the air as you bake it.
Instead of "plums" I've included plenty of sweet dried cranberries. And for fairy dust, there is a sprinkling of sparkly raw demerara sugar crystals over top the loaf. This pumpkin-filled bread is perfect paired with some hot soy cocoa or afternoon cup of tea. This recipe would also be lovely baked into pumpkin muffins! Get my recipe!..
What is Demerara Sugar? I used raw demerara sugar in this recipe. It can be substituted with traditional dry sugar (organic) - but here is why I love it..
from wisegeek.org: "Demerara sugar is a type of unrefined sugar with a large grain and a pale to golden yellow color. It is suitable for a number of cooking and baking projects, and tends to be very popular as a sweetener for tea and coffee. Demerara sugar is not refined, so it has a rich, creamy, molasses-like flavor which enhances baked goods. The large grains also remain crunchy through cooking, which makes demerara sugar a great choice of sprinkled topping on scones and similar dishes which might otherwise have a uniform texture."
..I like it because it gives a very sparkly tone and texture to the bread - especially the top of the loaf. Very sugar plum fairy, if you ask me.
Pumpkin Cranberry Loaf with citrus
vegan, makes one loaf
1 3/4 cup white flour, organic (Bob's Red Mill used)
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup raw demerara sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup fresh satsuma or orange juice + 1/2 tsp citrus zest
1/2 cup water + 1 Tbsp flax seeds
1/3 cup oil (try safflower oil or melted virgin coconut oil)
1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin puree, unsweetened
* 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
* 1/4 cup chopped nuts (try pecans)
* 2 Tbsp rolled oats
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine the flax seeds with the water, stir well, and set aside for five minutes to thicken.
3. Combine the dry ingredients. Fold in the wet. Fold and stir until mixture is smoothed. It will be a soft, pourable, silky and thick texture - not liquid.
4. Pour into greased loaf pan.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes - or until toothpick test comes out clean.
Let cool at least ten-twenty minutes before slicing. Serve warm or chill in fridge for up to about 3 days. Will freeze well.
note: if baking as muffins bake for about 17-22 minutes.
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