You will need:
½ cup of canola or coconut oil
1½ cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup of pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
⅓ cup of water
1¾ cups of all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
Pinch of salt
2 tsp. pumpkin or apple pie spice mix (cinnamon works too)
Loaf pan (9x5)
OPTIONAL: chocolate chips or chopped nuts (½ cup)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have your child grease loaf pan.
Combine sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin puree and water in a mixing bowl. Take turns mixing and incorporating these wet ingredients together until you have a nice, even texture.
Measure and add flour, baking powder, baking soda, spice mix and salt to the wet ingredients. Mix together by hand for about a minute until you have an even batter. (You can even count to 60 while you take turns stirring!) Be careful not to overmix, as this will result in a tougher bread.
Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan. Bake for about an hour, or until a fork/skewer comes out clean. The top of the loaf should be golden brown.
Allow the loaf to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
Allow your child to measure, “pinch” and stir, offering gentle instruction as needed.
Taking turns doing tasks helps your child feel independent, while allowing you to supervise.
Positive reinforcement for completing a task helps make cooking fun for everyone.
Leave yourself plenty of time to finish this recipe — cooking with multiple generations involved can take a little longer!