Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Pumpkin Mini-Loaves

October 28, 2014


Author Notes: In these tasty little loaves, I’ve ported the deep, dark flavors from my chocolate gingerbread bars into a moist pumpkin bread. During the holidays, I use Black Mission figs that I chop into raisin-sized pieces. I’ve also used dried sour cherries with great success. If you don’t have either on hand, raisins will do. Enjoy! ;o)AntoniaJames

Makes: 4 mini-loaves

Ingredients

  • 250 grams (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup neutral oil (sunflower seed, canola, safflower, etc.)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cup (1 small can) organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup chopped Black Mission figs (6-8 medium) (Don’t use the drier brown figs, please.)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The shelf on which you’ll be baking the mini-loaves should 1/3 up from the bottom. Using a bit of vegetable oil, grease four mini loaf pans. (See note below.)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, soda, salt and spices.
  3. Warm the oil until it’s hot to the touch. I do this in my Pyrex 1-cup measure in the microwave on full power for a minute.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together the warm oil, molasses, brown sugar, cocoa and vanilla until well blended. Add the eggs. Beat well until thick, glossy, and thoroughly combined. (Tip: if you measure the molasses in the same measuring cup that you used to measure the oil, the molasses will slide right out.)
  5. Stir half of the pumpkin puree into the wet ingredients. Add half of the dry ingredients and stir to blend. Stir in the remaining pumpkin puree and the applesauce.
  6. Toss the fig pieces with the remaining flour mixture. This helps to keep them from sticking together. Add the remaining flour, the figs and the chopped nuts to the batter. Stir until combined, but do not overbeat.
  7. Bake for 25 – 28 minutes. Check by touching the center of each loaf gently with your index finger. If it springs back up, the loaf is ready. If not, bake for another 2 – 3 minutes and check again. Remove from the oven, let cool in the pans for at least 5 minutes, and then gently remove to a cooling rack.
  8. Enjoy! ;o)
  9. If your pans are not non-stick (and for the record, I lightly grease my supposedly non-stick ones) cut from parchment paper a sling to line the two long sides and bottom, with enough left on the sides to be able to lift the loaf out when done. Grease the ends and corners thoroughly.

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8 Reviews

Scribbles November 22, 2014
Not sure how I missed this last month when I was searching for uses for my homemade pumpkin puree - and, with the chocolate, gingerbread and my favorite - figs - this was a recipe meant for me. I'll be making these this week and handing them out to Thanksgiving guests!
 
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AntoniaJames November 23, 2014
Thank you, Scribbles. I hope you and the recipients enjoy it! ;o)
 
drbabs November 4, 2014
I'm putting this on my "must bake" list.
 
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AntoniaJames November 4, 2014
Thank you, Barbara; I hope you do try it and like it as much as everyone around here does. This seems right up your alley, plus it's so pantry-friendly. Cheers! ;o)
 
inpatskitchen October 29, 2014
These look soooo good! I'm saving. Don't forget to enter this to the current contest!
 
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AntoniaJames October 29, 2014
Thanks so much, IPK -- for the reminder, and the kind words! ;o)
 
aargersi October 29, 2014
Oh yum, I will be making these over the next couple of months for sure. One for me, one for (someone else) on for me one for (a different someone else)
 
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AntoniaJames October 29, 2014
Abbie, you are so funny! Love you. ;o)