This marbled pumpkin bread is both a trick and a treat for Halloween as no one will guess that it’s made with whole wheat and lower in sugar than traditional pumpkin bread!
How cool is this bread?! I love making quick breads as they’re easy to make, moister than traditional cake, and delicious with a spread of peanut butter or cream cheese (seriously, cream cheese + banana bread is dangerously addicting). But even the most delicious quick bread doesn’t really have that awe factor worthy of a holiday celebration. Think about it, what’s more enticing: a slice of cranberry bread or a frosted sugar cookie in the shape of Rudolph at Christmas? I’d pick Rudolph every time. But this pumpkin bread isn’t just another orange loaf at a bake sale. This is the Rudolph of pumpkin breads.
When I saw this marbled banana bread over at Smitten Kitchen, I knew I wanted to try out the technique, but with something other than banana. So a couple weeks ago when I was brainstorming a recipe perfect for Halloween week, I started thinking about how perfect the dark chocolate swirl would be against the orange of pumpkin bread.
As proud as I am of my marbling, I’m sure many of you could make an even more impressive pattern. And for any of you who are creatively challenged like I am, trust me when I say that it’s hard to mess this up as there’s no “right” way for it to look. Once you have your “base” batter made, you’ll separate it into two separate bowls. To one bowl you’ll add ¼ cup of dark cocoa powder and to the other you’ll add ¼ cup of white whole wheat flour. Next, alternate dropping spoonful’s of each batter into a greased loaf pan. The idea is to make almost a checkerboard pattern with the batter. Once all the batter is used up, take a sharp knife and make 2-3 figure-8’s all the way through the batter.
While most pumpkin breads take about 55 minutes to bake, I found mine was ready after 50 minutes, and honestly could have even been taken out 2 or 3 minutes earlier. It all depends on your oven, but I recommend setting a timer for 45 minutes and checking in 5-minute intervals until a toothpick comes out almost clean – it’s okay if there’s a few crumbs sticking to it.
This bread is delicious on it’s own, but my personal favorite is eating it with a spread of almond or peanut butter on top!
Even if you did most of your Halloween celebrating over the weekend, I hope you have something sweet or scary (or both) in store for Wednesday! Sunday was Bry’s official birthday (even thought we’ve been celebrating almost all month 😉 ). For the official celebration we headed up to the mountains with deep-dish pizza delivered from Chicago, drank wine, played with the pup, and ended with a hike up a 13ner – not a bad start to another year older ;).
So here’s a toast to a treat-filled Halloween!
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I don’t really make ‘bread’ (banana, pumpkin etc), but this has got me thinking I really want to – I think the addition of the cocoa has got me haha!
What a gorgeous pumpkin bread. Can’t wait to try this! Love that you added dark cocoa. YUM.