There are days when you don’t have time to prepare a loaf of bread from scratch and that’s when high quality mixes can be a blessing. Trader Joe’s has some of the best bread mixes I have tried and I often pop a loaf in the oven when I need a break from homework or just want something to snack on. All you have to do for their pumpkin bread is add eggs, oil, and water to the mix, pop it in a pan, and you’re done. Your friends will never know you didn’t spend hours in the kitchen waiting for the dough to rise. This particular mix is only available in the fall, so stock up on it! My roommate Michelle suggests eating a warm slice with a glass of milk. Yum.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 55 to 60 minutes
Ingredients (from side of box):
- 1 full package of mix
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)
- 1/2 cup almonds (optional)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar and small amount of milk (if maxing glaze)
Instructions (from side of box):
- Prepare: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a standard 9×5 pan with butter or cooking spray.
- Mix: Combine eggs, oil, and water in a medium bowl. Add mix. Fold together with rubber spatula until batter is smooth (approximately 1 to 2 minutes). For holiday bread, add cranberries and/or almonds.
- Pan: Spread batter in pan, filling corners and leveling top.
- Oven: Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan. Yields 10 to 12 slices per loaf.
- If making glaze: Combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar with milk, adding teaspoons at a time to desired consistency. Spread over warm loaf. Cool before slicing.
- Muffins: Follow mixing instructions. Portion batter into lightly greased standard muffin tins, 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes.
- For high altitudes: Add 2 Tbsp. water to above ingredients.
Trader Joe’s Baking Tips:
- All ovens bake differently. Always double check your oven temperature with an oven thermometer before baking.
- Check bread at the minimum baking time by inserting a toothpick in several locations. If the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is finished. If not, bake for an additional 5 minutes.