This year we had a smaller Thanksgiving than usual and it was lovely — warm, peaceful and intimate. Eleven of us fit around my parents’ beautiful dining room table, candles lit, kids giggling, dogs under the table, and my dad carving the turkey. It was perfect — except for one thing . . .
Circumstances were such that my brother couldn’t be there. While his absence was felt deeply and he was missed dearly, we found comfort in knowing he’s doing well and we’ll get to see him soon. My brother is without question one of the sweetest, most kind people on the planet.
I guarantee you, if you make this bread and have a warm slice with a perfect cup of coffee — it will be an incredibly pleasant and delightful eating experience.
- 1¼ cup butternut squash purée (Here's How to Roast Butternut Squash.) - see notes
- 2 large eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 cup golden brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ⅓ cup finely chopped candied ginger
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, adjust a rack to the center, and line an (approximately 8½ x 4½-inch) loaf pan with parchment paper. (Use a large piece that will cover the sides and cut slits in each corner so that it will lay flat along the edges.)
- Add the squash, eggs, egg yolk, sugar, honey and vanilla to a large mixing bowl. Use a whisk to blend until it's as smooth as possible.
- While whisking gently, pour in the oil gradually. Set aside.
- In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, all of the spices and the salt. Then add this to the wet mixture use a large spoon to mix -- just until you no longer see dry spots of the flour.
- Fold in the candied ginger and then pour the batter into the prepared parchment-lined loaf pan.
- Place the pan on a baking sheet, and bake in the preheated 350 degree F oven until it's set, slightly golden, and is cracked on top -- this will take approximately 1 hour. Turn the baking sheet around about half way through the cooking time.
- Let it cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes. Then use the parchment paper to lift it out.
- Slice when you're ready to serve. (Keep it whole until you're ready because it will help hold in the moisture.)