Pumpkin Bread

These make great muffins too.
Makes 2 loaves or 24 large muffins.

3 3/4 C flour
2 t baking soda
2 t cinnamon
1 t salt
1 t nutmeg
1/2 t ginger
1/2 t cloves
1 C butter (softened or melted)
2 C sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 C pumpkin
1 bag chocolate chips (optional, unless you're in my family in which case they're mandatory)

-In medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
-In large bowl, cream butter and sugar.
-Add eggs to butter/sugar.
-Add part of dry ingredients, then add pumpkin, then add remaining dry ingredients. Mix till incorporated, but don't mix it to death. Add chocolate chips.
-Bake at 325 for 40-50 minutes. Check it early. Overcooked bread is dry bread.

This bread is awesome as is, but if you're feeling energetic, you can glaze it with this:

1 C powdered sugar
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t cinnamon
dash cloves
1/4 C HOT water

Mix it all together and drizzle over bread. I've done this once and it was yummy, but it's yummy without it too and I'm lazy so I haven't done it since then.
Posted by The Tasty Cheapskate