Pumpkin works in so many things other than pie. Try making this perfect Autumn loaf with chocolate chips for a warm spiced treat that can be served any time of the day. The spice in this cake will have your house smelling great, and the brown sugar topping gives you a crunchy texture on top. The molasses in the centre creates a warm almost creamy pudding like texture that helps keep this loaf moist for days.
420 g / 2 cups Pumpkin puree
215 g / 1 cup Mirage Margarine
160 ml / 2/3 cup Milk
10 ml / 2 tsp Vanilla extract
500 g / 2 1/2 cups Granulated sugar
435 g / 3 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
6 g / 2 tsp baking soda
4 g 1 1/2 tsp Salt
15 g / 2 tbsp Pumpkin pie spice
600 g / 2 cups Chocolate chips
100 g / 1/2 cup Brown sugar for garnish
84 g / 1/4 cup Molasses for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350F(175C)
- Line two loaf pans with parchment paper cover the bottom and sides.
- In a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the Mirage Margarine, sugar, vanilla and eggs on medium-high speed for 4 minutes, making the mixture light and fluffy. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl several times to mix the batter evenly.
- To the mixture add in the pumpkin puree and milk, mixing just until combined.
- In separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, pumpkin spice and chocolate chips with a whisk. Add these dry ingredients to the wet and combine with the electric mixer until you can no longer see any dry flour.
- Pour the prepared batter evenly into the lined pans, if you have a scale use it to ensure that each pan has the same amount of batter. Create a long trench along each loaf, and pour 2 tbsp of molasses into each loaf. Now use the end of a spoon or fork to swirl the molasses gently into the batter.
- Sprinkle the tops of each loaf with brown sugar and bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow the loaf to fully cool before serving.
- This loaf is a fantastic base for all sorts of tasty fall flavours. Get creative by adding in chopped nuts, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds or even mini marshmallows.