this is one of the best pumpkin breads ever. when my husband compliments the taste, you know it's good. he is not the fan of pumpkin bread usually. (although he hails the praises of starbucks pumpkin muffin, go figure). so i take this as further confirmation that this is good stuff. and mind you, it can be consumed for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack. it is so versatile (smile)...who can resist it? hopefully you can't either.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 T baking powder
1 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t salt
1/4 t baking soda
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chocolate chips
preheat oven to 350.
combine 1 cup of the flour, the brown sugar, the baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and the baking soda. to this add pumpkin, milk, eggs and the shortening.
beat the above on low speed till blended, then for 2 more minutes on high speed. at this time add remaining flour and beat well. stir in the chocolate chips.
pour batter into a greased loaf pan (i prefer a stoneware pan). bake for 60-65 minutes. check it at the 55 minute time frame, and if necessary, place a sheet of foil over the top while the bread continues to bake. a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean when the baking is complete. cool in pan for 10 minutes and remove from pan to cool.
tip::wrap the bread in plastic wrap after it has cooled. this makes for easier slicing and better taste.