Pumpkin Pecan Loaves

3-1/3 c. all purpose flour
3 c. sugar
2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. ground nutmeg
2 c. pumpkin- cooked & mashed
1 c. vegetable oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 c. water

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1-1/4 c. confectioners’ sugar
1/2 t. ground ginger
3/4 t. vanilla extract
4 t. hot water
2 TBSP finely chopped crystallized ginger
1/2 c. chopped pecans.


Bread: In a bowl combine the first 6 ingredients.
Combine the pumpkin, oil, eggs and water and mix well.
Stir into dry ingredients just until combined.
Spoon into two greased 9-in. x 5-in. x3-in. loaf pans
Bake at 350′ for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 min. before removing pans to wire racks.

Icing: In a small saucepan over medium heart, melt the butter.
Remove the pan  from the heat, then whisk the confectioners’ sugar, ground ginger and vanilla until combined. The mixture will be very thick. Slowly whisk in the hot water until smooth.
Immediately pour the glaze over the bread so it coats the top and flows over the sides. Sprinkle the top with the crystallized ginger and pecans. Let the bread cool completely, at least 2 hours, before serving.

Icing recipe from williams-Sonoma Inc.

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