We’ve all got those recipes that someone special made for us a kid, but that we haven’t had in years. After a quick visit to the Central Valley to visit my boyfriend’s house and try to find his favorite cooking pieces from his childhood (like his mom’s cast iron cornstick pan), we started talking about delicious dishes. One of his? Something called pumpkin tea bread, made in a coffee can, and cooked in (of all things) a slow cooker.
I love slow cookers, but BREAD? Seriously? I had no idea it was a thing. A few Google searches later, I had learned A LOT about bread in slow cookers. Next up: COFFEE CANS. I can’t remember the last time I bought a coffee can. I don’t OWN a coffee can. So I bought one even though it meant I have a really fragrant gallon sized bag of coffee sitting in my pantry that’s just making me crave caffeine all day long. I call that commitment.
Another thing I learned on my coffee can quest: I seem to be the only person who doesn’t have a stash of shiny tins in their garage. So this recipe is probably going to be even easier for you if you’re covered in the coffee can department.
Next hurdle: my coffee can? There was no WAY it was fitting in my slow cooker. I tried the spare slow cooker (what, you don’t have a spare slow cooker?). Nope.
Instead, this little tea bread is baked inside the coffee can in the oven.
I’ve been assured that the final result completely matches up to the original version. It’s perfectly spicy, soft, and pumpkin-y. My idea of a winning combo.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease and flour a large coffee pot. Set aside.
- Stir oil and sugar together in a medium bowl. Once blended, add eggs and pumpkin puree and stir until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Stir in walnuts.
- Pour batter into coffee pot.
- Bake in the center of your oven for 90 minutes. The tea bread is done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
To serve, I sprinkled a bit of powdered sugar on top and sliced into the bread just like a cake. Some of the fun of making the bread in a coffee can means that you can slice off big rounds horizontally- definitely try that! Then toast it up a bit and slather on some butter.
Oh, and if you’re planning on sharing it don’t just leave it sitting out on your kitchen counter like I did. It might be gone in a matter of minutes- I just barely saved mine.
This recipe was created for participation in Sara’s (from Cake over Steak!) #virtualpumpkinparty- just look at this blogger list of insanely delicious recipes:
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Girl Versus Dough • Pumpkin Challah
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Hungry Girl por Vida • Pumpkin Chocolate Crumb Cake
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Two Red Bowls • Pumpkin & Caramelized Onion Galette
The Frosted Vegan • Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Gingersnaps
Warm Vanilla Sugar • Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Ice Cream + Affogato
An Edible Mosaic • Pumpkin Spice Latte Snack Cake with Brown Butter Buttercream
Kitchen Konfidence • Yeasted Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Ginger
Chocolate + Marrow • Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Butter Swirl
The Pig & Quill • Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes with Pumpkin Spice Caramel + Coconut Cream
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My Blue & White Kitchen • Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Prosciutto
Fork Vs. Spoon • Pumpkin Buttermilk Pudding
Alyssa & Carla • Pumpkin Tea Bread (in a Coffee Can!)
Twin Stripe • Pumpkin Spice Toffee
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