Nutty Pumpkin Loaf

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    Ken Alger
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Prep Time:
20 minutes
Cook Time:
75 minutes
Total Time:
95 minutes
A word from the cook
once done some of the topping pieces will fall off - don't worry; just eat them!

1 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tbsp raw unsalted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
2 tbsp brown sugar (packed)
1 pinch salt
2 tbsp crystallized ginger (diced)

4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup all purposed flour (for gluten free just use all purpose gluten free flour 1 3/4 cups)
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/3 cup white sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup pumpkin puree (canned)
2 eggs
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 tbsp finely chopped crystallized ginger



  • melt the butter in a skillet on medium.   Add Almonds, pecans and green pumpkin seeds (Pepitas).
  • sauté until nuts brown and the pumpkin seeds begin to pop (about 2 minutes)
  • add the brown sugar and salt, stirring until the sugar melts and the nuts are coated.
  • remove from heat and stir in the crystallized ginger.   let the mixture cool in the skillet.


  • preheat oven to 350 F and butter a loaf pan (or a 9″ square baking dish).
  • in a small bowl whisk together the flours, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves (can be sifted too).
  • in a large bowl beat the butter, white sugar, brown sugar and oil with a mixer until fluffy – about 1 minutes of mixing.
  • add the pumpkin puree and mix until combined.
  • add the eggs (one at a time) and continue to mix until everything is incorporated.
  • reduce the mixer speed to low and and slowly add the flour mixture and butter milk and mix until everything is combined.
  • stir in the walnuts and crystallized ginger
  • pour the batter into the pan
  • sprinkle the topping onto the batter and ‘gently’ pat the topping onto the mixture
  • bake for about 1 hour (could take 1 1/4 hours) until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • cool before serving.

1 Note

  1. This is a good use and a good time to check the inventory of your spices!