Julie Potter’s Pumpkin Bread

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by Amber on October 27, 2010

I cannot claim to know Julie Potter, but I sure do know her Pumpkin Bread (although I am an authority on how lovely she is via email, since I wrote to ask her if I could post her recipe and got the most beautiful of replies – thanks again, Julie!).

I think we all have those food blog posts that we happen upon that snag us right away. For me, Julie Potter’s pumpkin bread was one of those posts. A recipe that snagged me, and I kept meaning to make. I even printed it three times with the intention of making it. No idea what happened, because here we are, a solid year after Maggy over at ThreeManyCooks posted the recipe, and I’m just now getting around to making it.

Guess what? Maggy never steers me wrong. This bread was worth. The. WAIT. It’s pillowy, pumpkiny, moist, and sweet. Everything you want in pumpkin bread on a cold Autumn morning.

I think of Autumn as our time, James’s and mine. We met in Autumn, I moved to the U.K to be with him in the Fall of 2003, and we married in the Autumn of 2005. When the first leaves start to fall, when there’s that first hint of crispness in the air, and the light starts to go a bit more grey: for me, it speaks of romance. Of walking in Hyde Park and seeing the Peter Pan fountain for the first time. (You know the one – it appears at the end of Hook. Robin Williams’ character wakes up at the base of it.) Of being proposed to at London’s Marble Arch. These are all the things that the crunch of leaves and the first sight of pumpkins brings to my mind and my heart. And so yes, I love Autumn more than any other time of year.

Because of this, I come alive in Autumn. I cook more (soups, stews, savory pies), I bake more (pumpkin empanadas, pumpkin bread, pumpkin french toast!), and darn it, I just love life more. This year’s Autumn has been filled with wonderful adventures: apple picking, soaking in our new hot tub in the dead of night with the trees and stars above us, and next weekend the arrival of a dear friend of ours from Vermont whom we don’t see very often.

She has a long drive from Vermont, a good seven hours. So, dear friends, I will make her Julie Potter’s pumpkin bread, and I will ready the tea kettle. I can’t wait to serve them both on a tray in front of our fireplace, where we’ll laugh and natter and have a wonderful time making new Autumn memories for me to cherish.

What’s your favorite season? Do you love Autumn (and pumpkin) as much as I do?

Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by Spice Islands.

P.S. If you’ve got a bunch of spare zucchini around, you might check out the Baking Barrister’s take on this pumpkin bread recipe.

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maggy@threemanycooks October 27, 2010 at 5:07 PM

This is my favorite pumpkin bread in the world (obviously). Oh man, now I’m thinkin’ about it. Now I have to make it :)


SMITH BITES October 27, 2010 at 5:13 PM

happy sigh . . . i’m a sucker for a good love story and the bread looks lovely as well; i’m with you on a recommendation from Maggy – guess i’ll be making this bread very, very soon!


kitchenarian October 27, 2010 at 5:25 PM

I love fall. I was married in October and I seem to awaken from some type of hibernation and start to bake like crazy once the weather gets cool.

I will definitely make this bread. Thanks for the recipe and the great story.


Wenderly October 27, 2010 at 7:27 PM

John & I met in the Fall as well! Funny how the crisp air and brilliant leaves instantaneously bring back all of those fond memories and make them vibrant once again. I can’t wait to make this bread and have it as one of my many cherished Fall traditions! I thank you Amber, I’ll think of you & yours each time I do!


Shaina October 27, 2010 at 8:03 PM

I love a good pumpkin bread!


Chris @ thepeche October 27, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Want this now.


Nancy October 27, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Amber – so very sweet. I love the romance and now will see Autumn a whole new way. And, now I’m going to go have to make some Pumpkin Bread ‘cos I’m drooling.


Tickled Red October 27, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Sign me up for your pumpkin party love :) YUM!!!!


DessertForTwo October 28, 2010 at 12:12 AM

I just realized you weren’t on my blog roll on my site! My apologies! It’s silly, since I subscribe to you and count on you weekly for some Texan love, but I didn’t have you on my site. It’s fixed now! Yay! :)


DessertForTwo October 28, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Also, your love story sounds dreamy! <3


naomi October 28, 2010 at 1:45 PM

I love Fall, but how more romantic that you met your husband during the season.

The pumpkin bread sounds fantastic!


Tracy October 29, 2010 at 11:12 AM

I love everything about fall. :-) This pumpkin bread looks so light and fluffy!


Kristen November 2, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Autumn is a great time to come alive… I love it too and I love the looks of this bread!


Katrina November 3, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Yum, this time of year makes me want to eat this right now.


Clemila November 8, 2010 at 2:10 PM

This bread looks soooo good. Can I substitute oil for butter? Please answer soon.


Amber November 8, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Clemila, I wouldn’t recommend substituting oil for butter. The end result would not be as flavorful or as light.


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