My Special Gift to All of You!

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UploadedDecember 15, 2009
TakenNovember 18, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D60
Exposure1/125 sec at f/5.6
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From the Garrett Kitchens…
For your Christmas cup of tea, a fresh loaf of my Special Pumpkin Bread! This time I have included the recipe as my gift to all you, my cherished JPG friends. Here’s wishing you all the merriest of holiday seasons!

Preheat oven to 350° F
Grease and flour 3 standard loaf pans

Mix together in this order:

3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup canola oil
4 eggs
grated zest of one large orange
1 can solid pack pumpkin (15 oz.)
2/3 cup orange juice
3½ cups all purpose flour
1½ tsp. salt
1½ tsp. cinnamon
1½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cloves
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped walnuts

Pour into 3 pans and bake for 55-60 minutes. Turn out of pans immediately to cool. Cover in an airtight container. This loaf slices better (and tastes better) if it mellows for at least 24 hours before serving. Should be refrigerated after 2 days. Freezes well. Delicious with cream cheese!
This recipe is a combination of 2 other recipes.

30 responses

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    THANKS DON!!!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    thank you! yummy

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    Ummmmm Yum!! Thanks

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    I'm going to have to start a file named "Garrett's Kitchen" :) I've already collected several of your receipes and there is NO DOUBT this will be another instant favorite at the Alderson house!! Fabulous shot!!! Thank you so much Don, Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray   gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    Thank you so much Don for giving us a double Christmas present, a fabulous photo togeather with a super recipe. I wish you and yours all the happiness in the world throughout Christmas and the New Year!!!!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    I may have mentioned this before but it is worth repeating...You missed your calling Donald, you were born to cook and also play music...A musical nightclub perhaps to combine both talents:) I am kidding...I know that would be the last undertaking you would want to do now that you are retired. The pumpkin bread looks delicious and thanks for including the recipe. Merry Christmas to you as well and to your family.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    That is one of my very favorite sweet breads! This is displayed beautifully, Don. I am going to have to try out the recipe you were so kind to share! Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year to you and your beloved family!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    You and Maurie A have got to go into business! Your pumpkin bread (special edition) and her banana nut bread could be mass-marketed, and you would make a fortune!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    What a terrific gift, Don! It looks delicious, and your presentation is incredible. I bet your house always has the most wonderful aromas!!

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    mmmm... can't wait to try it! so festive!!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    Oh I think Susan is right......it must smell heavenly at your house!!! A very merry chirstmas to you and the family Don!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (15 Dec 2009):

    Oh Don this looks sensational. Your virtue of giving is well received, and i thank you. We can't get cans of pumpkin, but i still have big pumpkins stored from last season so will definitely try this. Mmmm!

    A pretty good invitation to tea at your house is laid out before me. An inviting image!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    Don, the composition on this photo is beautiful and the bread looks very yummy. You can cook circles around me, but I promise, I am going to make your recipe for the Chicken Noodle Soup soon : ) Now the pumpkin bread is something that I want to try!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    beautifully presented, i am taking your recipe for my son who is experementing with breads at the moment, hope we can get canola oil here, I have never heard of it but i'm sure it will be in the health shops..

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    thank you! yummy!!!! Merry Christmas from Go's Household to Garrett's home!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    It looks and tastes like Christmas! If this is the same recipe you gave me last year, it is fabulous. Yummy!!! Merry Christmas to you and Susan too, my friend!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    Thanks for the recipe and gift Don!! That is so nice!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (16 Dec 2009):

    A special, warm and wonderful holiday photo!

    Donald, thankyou so much for sharing your treats with your friends here at Jpg, I cherish you all !

    Have a nice family Christmas Donald !

    Happy New Year !

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    Rockin' Chrisso's Theme Park (most excellently).

  • Jack Sills

    Jack Sills (Deleted) gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    Fantastic Don...Merry Christmas To You And Your Loving Family!!!!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    so beautiful. Excellent shot!! Merry Christmas and happy new year!!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    Oh how great,,I will try it for sure,,,in addition Don,,such a beautiful warm image,,,Wishing you and yours all the Best,,Happy Holidays,,and thank you !

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Very nice Donald, this looks delicious. dp

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Looks so delicious, Don!! I've "encrusted" it within the Garrett file in MS Outlook for reference! Thank you... Sincerely appreciated!! :-)

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    This sounds good...

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    Oh I love that you gave us this recipe! Thank you!

  • Liliane Paingaud

    Liliane Paingaud gave props (22 Dec 2009):

    Thank you Don for this recipe I'll try for sure, it looks so good! I wish you and your family the best and happiest Christmas time!!

  • Sheldon Juarez

    Sheldon Juarez said (29 Dec 2009):

    Man Christmas must be great at your house. Can I come next year?

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (25 Jan 2010):

    Delicious recipe - thanks for sharing it!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   said (25 Jan 2010):

    "We aim to please." ☺

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