Yesterday, I broke my 89-Day sugar fast.
It had to happen sometime. The problem with doing something like that for so long is that you can’t just break the sugar fast for any old run-of-the-mill sugary food. I mean, it would seem pretty anti-climactic to break the sugar fast with a trite piece of leftover Halloween candy or something. It has to be something GOOD.
This my friends, is good.
In my town, we used to have a little locally owned tearoom that was the bomb-diggity. They had awesome soups and sandwiches, and they served tiny little mugs of hot spiced tea. They had a killer key-lime tart, but the best thing, in my humble opinion, was their pumpkin bread. Oh, yum. The pumpkin bread. They’d serve it plain, or as a sandwich with cream cheese in the middle. *Sigh*
These are the kinds of things a person on a sugar fast fantasizes over when the fall weather hits. Problem is, the tearoom closed its doors. No more pumpkin bread. However, when one is desperate enough, one remembers things. I seemed to recall that Mama Train had once mentioned that she had THE recipe from this particular establishment for their pumpkin bread. She got it from another friend of ours… who I asked about it later, and she said she didn’t remember where she got it, but it most likely came from one of her patients. All that to say, that ladies and gentlemen, THIS is THE pumpkin bread recipe of all pumpkin bread recipes! And it is oh-so-worth breaking a sugar fast for!
3 1/2 cups flour
3 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 16 OZ can pumpkin (you can only buy 15 OZ cans and that’s what I used)
1 cup oil
1/2 cup water + 1 Tbs. water
Mix in order, pour into loaf pans, makes 2 large or 4 small.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
It’s best eaten with a nice slab of softened cream cheese on top.
And just in case you were wondering, I did not eat the whole loaf — I actually only had one piece. (This one shown above. It was still warm). After going without sugar for so long, it seemed pretty sweet, but quite yummy. I was not disappointed!