Celebrate the Victory gardens of World War II and my novella, “Only Forever” in the historical romance collection Homefront Heroines and a tasty pumpkin bread recipe with a secret filling, passed down to me by my aunt. It became a tradition in the Bliss house to receive a still warm and fragrant loaf every Christmas when we came visiting and remains a treasured memory of the past.
Pumpkin Swirl Bread
1 8oz cream cheese, softened, combined with ¼ cup sugar and 1 beaten egg, set aside
1 ¾ cup flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 cup pumpkin
½ cup melted margarine (I like butter)
1 egg beaten
1/3 cup water
Combine pumpkin, melted margarine, egg, and water. Mix together dry ingredients, mix with wet ingredients.
Reserve two cups of batter. Pour the remaining batter into a greased and floured large loaf pan.
Pour cream cheese mixture over the batter. Pour the remaining two cups of batter over the cream cheese filling.
Bake at 350 for 70 minutes – or until toothpick comes out clean.
Homefront Heroines – from Barbour Publishing in January 2020. Preorder
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