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Pumpkin-Pistachio Breakfast Bread

Yield 12 servings
The Pistachio Topping adds a crunchy dimension to this holiday quick bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups canned mashed pumpkin
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pistachio Topping
  • 1/2 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

  2. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients in a large bowl; add to butter mixture alternately with pumpkin, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in raisins and vanilla.

  3. Spread batter into a greased and floured 13" x 9" pan; sprinkle with Pistachio Topping. Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

  4. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and milk in a small bowl until smooth, using a wire whisk. Using whisk, drizzle cream cheese mixture over cake.

Christmas with Southern Living 2001