A Resourceful Woman

27 October 2009


Peter Peter, pumpkin eater, had a wife but couldn’t keep her.
He put her in a pumpkin shell, and there he kept her very well.

Until she finally used her head, and turned it into PUMPKIN BREAD.

    2 eggs
    1 cup pumpkin purée
    ½ cup vegetable oil
    ¼ cup milk (or water)
    ½ teaspoon nutmeg
    ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    ½ teaspoon allspice
    cloves, to taste
    1½ cups flour (¾ white, ¾ whole wheat)
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    optional – chopped walnuts or pecans, raisins

Preheat oven to 350º. Beat eggs, add the rest of the wet ingredients, spices. Mix. Stir in dry ingredients, without overbeating. Stir in nuts, if you like. Dump it all into an oiled bread pan and bake, 50 – 60 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out dry.

Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Pumpkins:How Many Seeds In a Pumpkin?, by Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas;The Great Pumpkin Switch, by Megan Mcdonald and Ted Lewin; Pumpkin Day!, by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace; Pumpkin Soup, by Helen Cooper; Pumpkin Town!, by Katie McKy and Pablo Bernasconi
And find even more Pumpkin Stories at the Books for Kids Blog.

2 Responses to “A Resourceful Woman”

  1. jane g meyer Says:

    Ah, yes, the wife of Peter. Thank you so much for giving her new life–something productive to do. I wonder if she ate the pumpkin bread or sliced it up and gave it to the whole neighborhood? Perhaps you know?

  2. Debbie Says:

    I don’t, Jane. I just hope she dumped Peter!

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