This bread is best made with Chinese Five Spices. Find it in the oriental section of your grocery store.
3 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Chinese Five Spices or cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
3 c. sugar
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 c. oil
2/3 c. water
1 c. chopped walnuts
2 T. melted butter
2 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. Chinese Five Spices or cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients together; mix well; set aside. Combine sugar, eggs, pumpkin, oil and water; mix well. Add walnuts. Add to dry ingredients and stir only until incorporated. Bake in 2 greased bread pans (9x5-inch) for 45-60 minutes, or until tests done with toothpick. Leave in pan 10 minutes; remove.
For topping, brush tops of bread with butter. Combine sugar and Chinese Five Spices and sprinkle over butter. Continue cooling on wire racks.
Optional: Serve this bread with whipped butter: In mixer, beat 1 pound softened real butter for about a minute. Slowly add 3/4 c. oil (sunflower, corn, or light-tasting olive oil). Continue to beat on high for about 5 minutes.