Saturday, October 8, 2016

Any Port In A Storm

"Any port in a storm." You've heard the saying. Well, we turned out to be a "port" during Hurricane Matthew. We are at the very edge of the weather front. Just ominous clouds and wind here, so we are safe. When I received a message yesterday from a fellow knitter who lives in the low country asking if we had room for their family for a few days, I told her to come on. We can offer shelter. We can provide space. We can give a little comfort.

In my mind, comfort means comfort food. All of this happened quickly. I wanted to bake something for them (southern hospitality, and all that) and I needed a recipe that I could make with what was on hand. Mommy has made many more loaves of pumpkin bread than I have. She has shared with new neighbors, new mothers, sick friends, grieving friends (and fed lots to her girls.) It's a good recipe for giving. So first thing this morning, I stirred up a batch of this. I love this recipe because it's a big batch recipe. Three loaves, if you use the foil pans. It's a "keep some, share some" kind of recipe. And if you have no one to share it with right now, it freezes beautifully.

It's not much, but maybe a loaf of pumpkin bread, warm from the oven will be a small comfort. At least they know we care.


3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
4 large eggs
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree

Stir together flour and remaining ingredients in a large bowl until smooth.  Divide batter evenly between 2 greased and floured 9x5-inch loaf pans.*

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until wooden pick inserted into center of each loaf comes out clean.  Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes.  Remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack.

*You can also bake in THREE 8x4 foil baking pans for about 55 minutes.


  1. Thanks for taking care of a family. I'm sure they have a lot on their minds, having to leave their home. The pumpkin bread looks great. I hope all turns out well for them. I saw your reply to my previous comment. I'm glad I have worked on my storm prep. We are still hearing about a tough winter up here.

    1. This dear family is heading home today to begin the recovery from the storm damage. Their house was flooded. We all need to think now about "what should I take with me" should the need to evacuate every happen.

  2. Sharing what you have in time of need - that family is surely grateful. I've been making pumpkin bread and banana bread for the last several weeks. I freeze some, and we eat some!

    1. There are so many good quick bread recipes out there. And I love them all. But this recipe has to be the easiest to make. And it's easy to keep canned pumpkin on hand. I love banana bread, too, but don't always have overripe bananas in the kitchen.


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