So, I have a confession to make. I am a late-night baker. Yep, I get a craving for something (usually something with chocolate) and I decide I have to make it right then. This always works out fine, until it is time to clean up. I've usually lost my energy by then and tend to leave the dishes until the morning. Always a bad move! No one wants to wake up to greasy, sticky pans. And, in my experience the longer you wait to wash them, the harder they are to clean. So, last night I wanted something with pumpkin, and of course chocolate. I decided on a chocolate chip pumpkin bread. It was so good! I used my Fat Daddio's mini loaf pan, and the clean up was super easy. The breads popped right out, and I wiped the pan clean. I call that a successful baking night!
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Mini Bread
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
1 tbls baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of honey
1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 400°F and lightly grease bread pans. (Since I used a Fat Daddio's anodized aluminum pan I adjusted the temp to 375°F.)
- Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices together in a large bowl. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, oil, and honey.
- Pour wet ingredients into the dry and mix. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Fill the loafs two-thirds full. I greased this pan with a little soft butter on the sides and bottom.
- Bake 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick or knife inserted in center comes out clean. Wait 5 minutes and turn upside down onto a cooling rack. You may need to gently run a knife around the edges before turning over. Allow breads to cool on a cooling rack. I cut into one after about 10 minutes, and the chocolate melted in my hands.
This was pretty simple. I put all my bowls and measuring cups into the dishwasher while the breads were baking. Then when the breads were cooling I wiped my Fat Daddio's clean with a rag and a little soapy water. No burnt corners that needed to soak. I practically wiped clean.
QUICK TIP: Freeze extra loaves on a silicone baking mat over night. In the morning they will be solid enough to place altogether into a large plastic bag and won't stick together.
For more inspiration, visit our Bread board on Pinterest.