by Laura Matiz
The Thanksgiving Holiday is my favorite holiday because it is about sitting around with family and friends and enjoying a hearty meal that I prepare once a year. The holiday is about going to Central Park to watch the start of the parade from the rocks bordering Central Park West; it is about the annual football game the kids and my husband play that morning; and of course, it is about the gradual arrival of family and friends from out of town.
Thanksgiving is also a perfect time to reflect on how fortunate we are and to recall the many traditions that have been handed down from prior generations. On our Thanksgiving table, Nana's Pumpkin Bread is one such tradition. Our family has been enjoying this moist delicious bread for close to 50 years. I am happy to share this recipe with all. It is always the first to go.
Nana'S Pumpkin Bread
Makes one loaf; double or triple ingredients to make more.
In a medium bowl, sift flour and all dry ingredients. In a large bowl, cream oil and sugar, add eggs and pumpkin to oil and sugar mixture. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and 1/3 of the water. Continue adding dry ingredients. Finish by adding the last of the water. Mix to a thick consistency. Some lumps in the batter should be there!
Place in a well-greased loaf pan and bake at 350° for 1 hour, or until knife inserted in middle comes out clean. Let cool, slice and serve.