If you ask my family what traditional holiday treats we make, you’ll probably get blank stares. We don’t usually make treats. But for a few years, when all my kids were still at home, we made it a tradition to make homemade treats to give friends as gifts.
One year, I bought about 10 miniature ceramic loaf pans and set out to create small Christmas breads for some of our closest friends. My treat recipe, though, involves considering the gift, made from the heart, to bless others. We made pumpkin and gingerbread recipes for the mini loaves. The goodies go beyond the process of baking and involve spending time with family while planning ways to bless others.
Think of something you can gift that is out of the ordinary, like mowing the lawn for an elderly friend, a full house cleaning for a mom who just had a baby, or free babysitting for a young family with small children. Think of ways you can let friends know that they matter in your life, that they are important, and that they are of high value to you and to God.
Here’s my recipe for making your own pumpkin bread:
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sugar (or whatever sweetener you prefer like Splenda, Stevia, etc.)
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (I use sea salt)
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8.5 x 4 x 2.5 inch loaf pans (I use my stoneware or the mini ceramic loaf pans found at arts and crafts stores during the holidays).
2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine pumpkin, eggs, oil, water, vanilla, and sugar until well blended.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice until well combined.
4. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Lyn @ Super Mom Illusion