Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Crock Pot Pumpkin Bread

I can safely say I never dreamed I'd be using canning jars to bake bread in.  Let alone use canning jars to bake bread in a crock pot, but here I am.  I was flipping through the pages of the new Gooseberry Patch Slow Cooker Fall Favorites cookbook and saw these autumn recipes for bread baked in the crock pot.  And while some of the recipes are baked right in the crock pot a couple of the recipes were baked in canning jars in the crock pot giving you nice sized loaves to eat, freeze or give away as gifts.  So with a little hesitation I mixed up the batter, poured it into wide mouth jars, covered and baked and as you can see below the bread turned out great.  They turned out so great, that I am baking up crock pot canning jar bread loaves all week long and sharing the recipes here on the blog.  And at the end of the week I'll be giving away a copy of this brand new cookbook.  
The loaves come out of the jars with ease and taste great and are sure to hit the spot this fall.  The mixes make a couple of loaves so you can eat them right away or share with a friend or neighbor.  Just think how cute these loaves would look in a gift basket.  And by using the crock pot my kitchen stays nice and cool without firing up the oven.  So without further ado... here is the recipe for Crock Pot Pumpkin Bread (with chocolate chips)

1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
2 T. oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup chocolate chips.

1. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice; mix well and set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar and oil; beat until well blended. 
3. Beat in eggs; add pumpkin and mix well.
4. Stir flour mixture into pumpkin mixture. 
5. Mix well; stir in chocolate chips. 
6. Spoon batter evenly into 2 greased 1/2 pint wide  mouth canning jars; cover tightly with aluminum foil.
7. Place jars on a trivet in a slow cooker. 
8. Cover and cook on high setting for 1 1/2 hours, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  9. Remove jars to a wire rack and cook for 10 minutes.  10
Remove loaves from jars; cool completely.  Makes 2 small loaves.
Some Tips for making this recipe on your own.  Please note the Gooseberry Patch recipe did call for 1/4 cup raisins instead of the chocolate chips, so if that is more to your liking feel free to try raisins instead.  Also, for clarification on the canning jars I just used jelly jars and filled them about 2/3's full as the bread will rise as it bakes.  I also sprayed the aluminum foil with cooking spray in case it rose too much and this way it didn't stick to the foil.  And besides using the trivet I also poured 1/2 cup of water into the bottom of the crock pot.

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