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My Tribute to Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread 
Dec. 9, 2011 11:03 am 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2011 7:45 am
Over the past few weeks I have been asked an awful lot of questions by an awful lot of people about Thanksgiving, food and Allrecipes. I think we more than covered Thanksgiving last month and out of respect for my handful of readers I will try not to mention it again except in passing. Food and Allrecipes are however two subjects that I am more than comfortable & willing to discuss at the drop of the Chef’s Toque. One question that I was asked has stuck with me and that question was “Do you have a favorite recipe on Allrecipes ?”

Now I think that is a great question and I actually answered it without even giving pause. In this age of blatant & shameless self promotion you would think that my answer would have been one of the 15 recipes that I have on this site but Alligator Chili wasn’t the answer even though it is the recipe of mine that gets the most interesting responses. I have a turkey soup recipe that has been featured on Allrecipes twice on the day after Thanksgiving but that wasn’t my answer either. It wasn’t the Sweet Potato Pound Cake that has won me prizes in every baking competition I have entered it in. (see – the age of blatant & shameless self promotion) No, my absolute favorite recipe on this site is none other than Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread by Laurie Bennett. (< )  At last count 135,350 people had saved it and another 4,761 of those people had reviewed it with an almost perfect 5 star rating. If I ever had the chance to meet Laurie Bennett I would have to drop down to my knees and bow at her feet while chanting “I’m not worthy !” over & over again. So what is it about this recipe that makes it stand out so much ?

I’m not sure why I went searching a pumpkin bread recipe all those years ago. (October 18, 2001 to be exact) For all I know it may have been a featured recipe on the day I happened to click on Allrecipes. I do know however that I am glad I found it and so are the countless friends, family members, teachers, cleaning people, mailmen and piano teachers we know. I also know that I have always liked the tradition of certain baked goods for certain holidays and I already had Snickerdoodles  (blatant & shameless self promotion -< ) slotted as my “Fall Cookie” and Grandma’s Spritz Cookies as my “Christmas Cookie” so I really needed something for the Halloween/Thanksgiving time period and to be honest, cookies just didn’t seem to fit. I also have always liked getting small loaves of different breads wrapped in foil & ribbon that people will bring to a holiday party as a small gift for the host. When I found Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread I knew I had found exactly the recipe I had been looking for whether I knew I was looking for it or not.

It’s not a difficult recipe by any stretch of the imagination but the people I know seem to think I have some magic touch or there is some secret ingredient that I must add. Truth be told that while I usually find that recipes are nothing more than a guide for my creative side, this is a recipe I follow exactly every single time I make it. Well maybe not exactly, all those years ago I didn’t have three 7 inch loaf pans, so I went out to the local grocery and found the next best thing – 1lb mini loaf pans. The recipe divides perfectly into five of these tins and when they bake (58 minutes) they puff up majestically and look like mini-footballs.  In fact, if you wrap them in aluminum foil or plastic wrap when they are warm, the tops will turn to that wonderful soft gooey like texture that we all love from a bread like this one. I am not sure how many batches/loaves I have made in the 10 years that I have been making this recipe but I do know that so far this year I have made 14 batches or 70 mini-loaves and I am not done yet. I’ll probably make another batch or two to either include with a holiday tip or to put in our freezer for a morning breakfast treat.

So Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread is far & away my all-time favorite Allrecipes recipe. It’s the one recipe that I would keep if I had to give every other recipe in my recipe box back. I like it that much.

Come back next time when we might discuss the worst recipe we have ever made or we might talk about the cookies we are going to make this weekend for Cookies Across America.
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Dec. 9, 2011 11:15 am
Merry Christmas, Doug! This is by far one of the most difficult questions of all times! I absolutely agree with you that Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread is a fav of mine and everyone I have shared the bread with. On the other hand, my entree/soup/stew fav goes to Ken's Kickin' Posole. Of repeat entrees, this one has been the most frequent. In fact, it's on the menu for the next week when we're expecting snow. Yum! Looking forward to your next blog re: LEAST favorite recipe!
Dec. 9, 2011 11:17 am
Good afternoon Cathy - that Posole sounds good - I am going to have to check that out - have a great weekend
Dec. 9, 2011 11:21 am
Thanks Doug - - that's a recipe I haven't tried - - but now I will! Merry Christmas!
Dec. 9, 2011 11:24 am
for those of us who are lazy cooks, the whole recipe also fits into one bundt cake pan... ;) YUM!
Dec. 9, 2011 11:24 am
Hey Doug! I love Downeast Maine Pumpkin bread also. I can't really say it's my favorite. It's hard to say what your favorite recipe is. There are several recipes that I love and can't pick one out of all of them. Loved your blog! Merry Christmas!
Dec. 9, 2011 11:28 am
hi luv2cook - make sure you let me know what you think of it - Merry Christmas !
Dec. 9, 2011 11:29 am
Hi goodfood4ursoul - great tip - I will keep that one handy for a big gathering.
Dec. 9, 2011 11:30 am
I have yet to try this recipe, the amount of oil and sugar deters me every time. One of these days, I will put on my buffet pants and try it or sub some apple sauce in there
Dec. 9, 2011 11:30 am
hi luv2cook (which one of you is the chicken and which one is the egg ?) and thanks - if you do figure out your favorite, let us know. In the meantime - have a great holiday
Dec. 9, 2011 11:31 am
Trust me RNG - it is a recipe that does not fit my DIE-t or Lifestyle change at all but I will never change the recipe - I'll just take smaller bites.
Dec. 9, 2011 12:05 pm
That recipe is perfect, as is! I make it every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can't say that it's my absolute favorite, but it's definately in the top 5! Great post, Doug!
Dec. 9, 2011 12:07 pm
Thanks Laurie - everyone has their own favorite favorite - I wonder what yours is ? Thanks for checking in
Dec. 9, 2011 12:32 pm
Doug-you have been a busy bee! I love your photos-going to give the Maine pumpkin bread a try. I love Crescent cookies-not that they are the best thing I ever ate-just reminds me of my childhood. Gotta have them for Christmas. BTW, I noticed you are making spritz cookies-do you have a recipe you can share? I just made some, but I don't like the recipe much-not easy to work with. Happy Holidays.
Dec. 9, 2011 12:34 pm
Hey Doug! How is the DIEt thing going? Mine not so well... but it is the holidays! Going to search and save this recipe right now! Happy Holiday to you and yours! Still not smoking though... 5 months on Dec. 11! Jim also!
Dec. 9, 2011 12:35 pm
Love this recipe. Made it as a food gift this year and put the streusel topping from Blueberry Muffins to Die for and it was beyond fabulous. Everyone wanted the recipe! YUM
Dec. 9, 2011 12:36 pm
This bread is vey good as written as well as subbing applesauce for half of the oil. My favorite AR recipe is Dip for the Stars made with homemade pesto and served with water crackers.
Dec. 9, 2011 12:37 pm
I also LOVE this pumpkin bread. I even put it on my blog as a favorite - I make mini loaves and share them. They also freeze great. YUM! I'm going to have to go make some soon :)
marilyn h. 
Dec. 9, 2011 12:40 pm
hi all haven't been in here for so long i have forgotten everything do any of you here know of a cake frosting that is light in taste and easy to make a design with . thanks.
Dec. 9, 2011 12:43 pm
Hi Lela and thanks - those crescents sound good - I'll be posting Grandma's recipe for the Spritz Cookies but I am sure it isn't that much different from the ones here. I always use real butter and I have her old Mirro Tube Cookie Press - I am sure the press alone has everything to do with the flavor of the cookies
Dec. 9, 2011 12:48 pm
Hi Terry - Awesom news on the no smoking - that's more important than the DIE-t at this point. I lost 48lbs in 4 months and I have now kept almost all of it off - I drift 2 or 3 lbs depending on the weekend - holidays ain't easy - keep it up !
Dec. 9, 2011 12:49 pm
Hi Jello Girl - streusel topping ? I might go into sugar shock with that but it would be a fun way to go.
Dec. 9, 2011 12:50 pm
Hi Marie C. - I know I should try to make a healthier version but after my tapioca mistake, my kids threatened to hurt me if I messed with their pumpkin bread.
Dec. 9, 2011 12:52 pm
Hi Dawn - I need to go check out your blog - can't do it here at work since they FIREWALL me from having fun.....most of the time or at least they think they do....have a great weekend
Dec. 9, 2011 12:54 pm
Hi marilyn h. - I wish I could help you but when it comes to icing cakes, I stink at it. My best suggestion is to go as the same question in THE BUZZ - there are plenty of folks there on a daily basis who can more than answer any question you may have. Thanks for checking in.
Dec. 9, 2011 1:08 pm
Merry Christmas to you and yours, Doug. I'm not sure which recipe in the messy stacks behind me, that are patiently waiting to be put properly away, I would pick as a favorite but I do know this, in one of the folders is the "Easy Focaccia" bread recipe that I downloaded in 2000 from AR. It's is TNT and I'm glad it is apart of my collection! Now back to the mess LOL
Dec. 9, 2011 1:16 pm
Doug, my favorite recipe on this site is also from Ken from CA: Root Beer Pork is the recipe that got me into liking pork. I couldn't handle before this recipe. The pumpkin bread is probably #2.
Dec. 9, 2011 2:04 pm
I don't think I could identify any one recipe as a favorite, but I can say DMPB is the one I have most repeated. My super would stop services to my apartment if I didn't give him his loaf! Just a FYI, I cut the sugar down to 1.5 cups and I don't think anyone has ever noticed. Last year I tossed in some chopped pecans I didn't want to waste and they made a great addition. I may play with the oil the next batch I make.
Dec. 9, 2011 4:03 pm
and Merry Christmas to you & yours Cat Hill - that Easy Focaccia sounds interesting - enjoy rooting through the mess
Dec. 9, 2011 4:05 pm
Root Beer Pork Chops - I like that Laurrie - I bet I could sneak that one past my family too - thanks
Dec. 9, 2011 4:07 pm
Hi BigShotsMom - the teachers at school start hinting on October 1 and the piano teacher mentions it all year long in hopes we might spring one from the basement for her...and I may have to try a lower sugar batch for myself sometime - thanks for the tip.
Dec. 9, 2011 6:13 pm
Merry Christmas Doug! I haven't made the Pumpkin Bread but I certainly will. Have you made the batter into muffins? I know you said you you bake cookies for Christmas, what would you bake if you were to do a Christmas bread...always looking for new ideas! Thanks Doug, enjoy the season!
Dec. 9, 2011 6:58 pm
Hi stj - get ready for a lot of muffins. If I were to make one type of bread for xmas it would be my grandmother's Date Nut Bread - 7up was her "secret" ingredient. Served with cream cheese and I was a happy boy. Thanks for checking and Merry Christmas to you too.
Dec. 9, 2011 8:18 pm
Doug-thanks for sharing your spritz recipe. Let me know where I can find it.-in your recipe box or on the buzz. My family expects these every Christmas so I really appreciate your help. Happy Holidays. I am going to sit down. I made orange pizzelles, almond crescent cookies, and fudge. Whew! I think I'm going to stop for today.
Dec. 10, 2011 5:36 am
Doug: I really couldn't say which AR recipe is my favorite - I hate choosing sides. I have been making pumpkin bread during the holidays for close to 30 years. The recipe I use is almost identical to this one. Over time I have taken to using half oil and half apple sauce - it is now my preferred version. Many years ago, when my children were small my neighbor Judi and I would get together to bake an insane number of mini loaves. Resently I received an email from a her daughter who is now in her mid thirties, thanking me for the Pumpkin Bread Tradition - which continues to enjoy.
Dec. 13, 2011 7:41 am
Hi, Doug. Lots of food for thought on this one. I like the pumpkin bread, too, but being a southern gal, I like to substitute sweet potatoes for the pumpkin. It's not my most favorite recipe from this site, but it's one I've made several times, and it always turns out well. I do use apple butter (homemade)in place of some of the oil and cut back on the sugar, but it doesn't seem to suffer from my tinkering. As to a favorite, that's a tough one, but I'd probably have to say the Brick Oven Pizza since I'm absolutely addicted to pizza, and that crust is da bomb! I'm headed off to check out your recipes now...Happy Holidays!
Dec. 13, 2011 11:53 am
DM: How are you, Doug? I've made the infamous pumpkin bread a couple of times. It's good. There are so many great recipes, I don't think I could narrow it down to an absolute favorite.
Dec. 14, 2011 2:49 pm
Doug, could you post, copy, paste the sweet potato pound cake recipe? I would love to try that.
Dec. 15, 2011 8:31 am
Doug, could you please copy and paste the recipe for Down East Pumpkin Bread on your blog. I think someone hi-jacked allrecipes site today. Everytime I try to get to a recipe it puts me on recipes for Johnsonville products. I'd appreciate it. I've been reading about the bread today and now I'm hungry for it!!!! LOL
Dec. 15, 2011 4:04 pm
Bet you are a popular guy with all that bread baking --- It would be wonderful to get delicious treats from an accomplished cook! AS for a fave - I like several recipes. This fall, I found a recipe for Cream-Filled Cupcakes by mixing and matching recipes from this site and another. They have been high on the demand list this year. My "Corn Pudding" is almost like the Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole recipe here, and for years has been ALWAYS requested for gatherings. Next, I must try your pumpkin bread recipe!
Dec. 16, 2011 6:52 am
I agree wholeheartedly! I made it for a party and made a bowl of the cream cheese spread to go with it. The two were made for each other.
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
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Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
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We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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