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My husband and I were talking yesterday, and he asked me what it meant when I say that I’m not a food snob. I told him that what I meant by that is that I don’t claim to only eat the best of foods and the best of ingredients. I was thinking about this weeks back when I was watching Top Chef. It was an episode where for the Quick Fire challenge, the chefs had to make something with what I would call “pantry staples.” There were canned goods and boxed goods, and needless to say, the chefs were not happy. They all made comments about only using the freshest of ingredients, and one of the chefs even made a comment about how these are ingredients that a housewife would use, not a chef. Well, I am that housewife, and will fully admit that I’m not one to turn away a canned good. In fact, I’m quite fond of many of them!

Take this bread for example. I’ll tell you right now that the recipe wasn’t my favorite, but without canned goods, there would be no way for me to make a pumpkin apple bread in February. So if it means getting my taste of pumpkin year round, I’m all for the canned goods!!

Like I said, though, this recipe wasn’t my favorite. It tasted “diet” to me, and I guess coming from a weight conscious cookbook, it should have been expected. But I figure that if I’m going to splurge and eat sweets, I might as well make it worth it. I think this could have been made delicious with a little more sugar. It wasn’t horrible, but just not something I would make again.

What canned foods could you not live without?

Recipe Rating – 2.5 out of 5

Pumpkin-Apple Bread
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Pumpkin and apple combine in this better-for-you quick bread.
Serves: 1 loaf
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and grated
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  1. Preheat oven ot 350F. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. In a small bowl, beat the egg; add the buttermilk, apple, and pumpkin. Pour over the flour mixture; stir until just blended. (Do not overmix.)
  3. Spoon into the pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 1-1¼ hours. Cool the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely on the rack.
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28 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Pumpkin-Apple Bread

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That bread looks delightful! A yummy recipe!



  2. Katerina says:

    I agree with you on the canned goods comments, I am defintley not above it.

    That said I think I disagree on the desert splurge. I like having healthy baked goods around because then it isn’t an indulgence. Plus, it doesn’t stop you from having the cheesecake some other time. Probably this is the reason why I make so damn many muffins.

    I think I will definitely have to make this!

  3. Patsyk says:

    I think canned goods are something that the everyday cook needs to have on hand. You can create some pretty tasty meals from them.

    I don’t like when a dessert tastes lightened up… I’d rather find a dessert that is light, but tastes like a splurge.

  4. Maria says:

    The bread looks good, but I know what you mean about the diet taste:)
    I can’t live without canned tomatoes! I use them in my soups, sauces, etc. They are great!

  5. April says:

    The bread looks tasty, but I agree with the diet taste. I have tried several WW recipes and they all have that taste.

  6. kristina says:

    Hooray for canned pumpkin! I actually have to buy mine from a gourmet food store here in England…

    Re other canned goods, while I don’t really like fresh pears, I absolutely adore canned pears (in juice)!

    And I completely agree with you re diet desserts and sweets…

    K x

  7. Hilary says:

    I think some canned goods are definitely ok….as for the recipe…I am with you…I have this cookbook and made the recipe last year and was not hugely impressed…have definitely made other healthy bread recipes that were MUCH better!

  8. Paula says:

    Well, this housewife definitely likes canned goods … tuna, chicken broth, and tomato products come to mind! I’m not a big pumpkin eater, but your bread sure does look pretty! I like the WW books, and have that book right here on my shelf! PS: How’s the wee sous chef doing?

  9. Dawn says:

    you know by chance, I just made a wonderful pumpkin bread. I made it while trying to ‘clean out the cupboard’ or as I like to say ‘everyone in the pool!’

  10. Aimée says:

    I didn’t appreciate that top Chef comment either. I couldn’t live with out canned coconut milk!! I guess they always keep a few fresh coconuts on hand. Haha.

  11. Courtney says:

    it looks very pretty, sorry it tasted diety. I know what you mean.

    I used canned goods every once and a while and could careless!

  12. Melanie says:

    Housewife I may be – so canned goods I do use.

    You did a fabulous job on Studio 5 yesterday, by the way. The egg rolls looked delicious and you don’t even look like you just had a baby! Great job on the show.

  13. Gigi says:

    oooo, I know what you mean about “diet taste”. I agree, there are some canned goods that are sensational.

  14. Elyse says:

    That episode of Top Chef really got me angry, too! I’m sad to hear that this bread isn’t as good as you had hoped. It certainly looked delicious. How much more sugar do you think the recipe needs??

  15. HoneyB says:

    Yumm! I’m so excited to see this is a WW recipe!

    I’m totally with you on the canned goods comments!

  16. rubberduckie says:

    I’m all about the canned goods. I use fresh when I can or when I have the time but canned goods taste good, my family will eat the meals made from them and they save me time. I couldn’t live without cream of chicken soup. BTW – saw studio 5 and instantly pulled up your blog – LOVE IT! Can’t wait to try the egg-rolls. Thanks!

  17. jen says:

    and olives, good gracious if I didn’t have canned olives….

    i hate ‘diet’ tasting recipes. they’re so, blah.

  18. Katie says:

    Looks and sounds delicious.

  19. Dhanggit says:

    this bread looks delicious and healthy! what a great way to make my hubby and little darling to eat pumpkin 🙂

    ps, i have been out in the blogging world for a while, im glad to be back

  20. Colleen says:

    This looks great! I could not live without canned chicken broth, diced tomatoes, or beans! Ooh and diced green chilies too.

  21. kat says:

    I understand that we should try to eat more locally & seasonally but in mid winter in Minnesota I need my canned tomatoes!

  22. Sophie says:

    I actually don’t mind canned goods myself; especially after discovering that canned can sometimes be healthier than fresh because the nutrients gets locked in :)! That said, this bread looks fantastic…and I always use canned pumpkin :P.

  23. Sara says:

    i always have canned tomatos, beans, and tuna in the kitchen.

  24. Olivia says:

    This looks really good. Could you use regular pumpkin and add some additional spices to make it a little healthier? I love canned pumpkin…even in oatmeal.

  25. Grace says:

    pumpkin is something that is infinitely easier to use out of a can, so i definitely don’t mind using it. you’re right–if i’m craving some pumpkin in the dead of winter, i have no choice. 🙂

  26. Sara says:

    This looks so delicious. I actually have a few cans of pumpkin, I’m going to give this a try.

  27. Abby says:

    I saw that episode. It really turned me off to hear that said. (Wasn’t it Jeff? Glad he got kicked off. Twice.)

    Bread looks great!

  28. Kevin says:

    Nice looking pumpkin bread!

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