(This I posted last November on my AOL Journal...(still on my side bar)
It's a very good cake which has been part of our holidays- forever- or so it seems!
HERE, by 'popular request' is the Harvest Loaf recipe!
For years my sis and I felt like this was our very own, special, thing!
She found this recipe and shared it with me around 40 years ago and
we've both made this every Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday, since that time.
NOW we find it's on the internet-PLUS-I found it on a Wal-Mart recipe card
(but minus the nuts!) :)
Anyway-EVERYONE should have the Harvest Loaf experience- so I'm posting
'My' recipe here!
I 3/4 cups flour (reg.) sifted
1 tsp.baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp.ground cloves
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup pumpkin
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces
3/4 cup chopped nuts (chopped finer than they usually are in package)
9x5 greased and floured pan
Combine flour, soda, salt and spices.
Cream butter well - gradually add sugar - Blend in eggs - beat well.
add dry ingredients, alternately with pumpkin, beginning and ending
with dry ingredients.
Stir in chocolate morsels and 1/2 cup nuts.
Turn into pan and top with remaining nuts.
Bake 65 to 75 minutes. (or until tooth pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean)
Let cool about 10 minutes. Run knife around all edges and turn out
onto rack to finish cooling!
I usually put a powdered sugar icing on top - in strips going both ways.
(as seen in photo!)
I do this while cake is still warm.
Recipe for this icing can be found on box of sugar.
(or mix well, powdered sugar (sm, amount) with a couple
spoons of cream or canned milk and few drops vanilla- mix until smooth and thick
enough to pour from a big spoon-onto your cake) :)
***Note About Pumpkin:
One can pumpkin -net wt. 15 oz.- is just enough for 2 Harvest Loaves-
so I usually make 2 cakes and don't have that half can of pumpkin left!***