Mornings in the middle of autumn are hard. They are dark, cold and depressing, especially when your wake up time is 6 am. Well, technically it’s 6:30 but apparently I am so into my routine now that my body doesn’t like to wait for the alarm anymore. What is worse is when you are up at 7 am on a Saturday. What happened to me? I am a night owl! My only consolation in this dreary rainy season is an abundance of pumpkin and squashes. I love that God made them bright orange! We need a splash of colour when everything else is monochrome grey. This pumpkin loaf with butterscotch streusel topping made a few of my mornings a bit brighter this week. I know I appear to be easily pleased but don’t be fooled, I am picky about my food. When something makes me happy it has to be pretty darn good! I mean fantastic.
I am not going to lie to you, the best part of this pumpkin loaf is the butterscotch streusel. It’s like by adding it on top of a regularly delicious loaf it got shot in the category of a uber-delicious. I kinda wanted to cut the top layer off and just eat that and leave the bottom to the ones who get up half hour later but I didn’t.
And of course it’s easy to make, just make everything together and sprinkle the streusel topping on. Pop it in the oven and enjoy!!
- 1 cup canned pumpkin or cooked and mashed pumpkin
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 eggs large
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice or pumpkin spice
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 3 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp mixed spice or pumpkin spice
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 1/2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
- 2 tbsp butterscotch chips
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F
In a large bowl mix pumpkin, sugar, oil and egg and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
In a separate bowl combine sifted flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and all spices.
Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined for about 2 minutes.
Make the butterscotch streusel topping by combining flour and all spices in a small mixing bowl, add softened butter and mix it with your hands until the mixture reminds large oat flakes.
Mix in chopped walnuts and butterscotch chips.
Line your loaf pan with some parchment paper or grease it well and pour the pumpkin loaf batter in it.
Top with the streusel topping and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when the cake is pierced.
Cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then remove on a wire rack and cool completely.