It’s Great Pumpkin Bread, Charlie Brown!

For this month’s Movies & Munchies feature, Amy is hosting It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!   

There are lots of Halloween inspiration at Amy’s Cooking Adventures so check them out.

I grew up with the Charlie Brown cartoons.  I just can’t get in the spirit without watching A Charlie Brown Christmas.   While it had been a while since I had watched The Great Pumpkin, I think I know most of the dialogue by heart.

I swear my best friend had that same exact witch mask.  And, I think her brother had a similar Frankenstein mask.

Of course, my food tie-in would be pumpkin-something.

I thought about just revisiting some old recipes like my Pumpkintini or Pumpkin Granola.    As I was defrosting some roasted pumpkin from the freezer and still deciding what to make,  I remembered some great quick breads that my MiL makes over the holidays.   One of these is her pumpkin bread.

Pumpkin Bread

Based on a recipe from the best Mother-in-Law ever

This smells delicious while baking.  It’s a moist, cake-like bread.


  • 1 1/ 2 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. pumpkin
  • 1/2 c. coconut oil
  • 1  c. flour
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. ginger
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 c. water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together sugar, eggs, pumpkin and oil.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and slat.
  4. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, alternating with the water. End with.
  5. Pour into a prepared loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes.

Yield: 1 loaf

The original recipe calls for vegetable oil.  I substituted coconut oil.  I also added a bit of ginger and whole wheat flour.   (Sorry, I just can’t keep well enough alone.)  You might also notice that my bread is not really pumpkin colored.  I used some frozen white pumpkin that I roasted last winter.

Thanks for hosting this month, Amy.   Please check out our Facebook group, Movies & Munchies, and think about joining.  For November, Wendy is hosting Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow.   That should be another fun time!

As I perused through my pumpkin archives, I realized just how many pumpkin options I have posted over the years.   If you’re interested, please check them out here.

Here’s hoping your pumpkin patch is the most sincere this year!

And, here’s hoping your lips don’t touch dog lips!

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