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A Writer’s Got To Eat: Lisa Seplak’s Harvest Loaf

It’s not fall in my house without the aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and pumpkin; blended and baking in a delicious Harvest Loaf. Add in chocolate chips and this is a recipe my son has been requesting ever since he could talk.

I originally got the recipe from a former roommate. She got it from her mother. And so the story goes, it was baking in her oven when she held an open house to sell her home. Her home sold that day and she swears it was the fragrance of the baking Harvest Loaf that sealed the deal. Not only does it smell wonderful, it tastes really good too!

Harvest Loaf Recipe

3 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cloves
½ teaspoon ginger
1 ½ cups pumpkin
4 eggs
1  12 ounce package chocolate chips (use less if desired)
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened

Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs, one at a time.
Add dry ingredients alternately with the pumpkin.
Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour into greased pans. Two loaf or one bundt.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 65-75 minutes.
Because ovens vary, bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Lisa Nord Seplak is a freelance writer who loves storytelling. Whether tales about families, friends, motherhood or growing up unsupervised in suburbia, Lisa enjoys telling stories that make up everyday life. Her articles and essays can be found in parenting publications throughout North America. Lisa loves dogs of every shape and size, movies, college football, the Final Four, yoga, riding bikes with her family and the beach. She lives in Hinsdale, Illinois with her car-crazy husband, sports-loving son, and sassy Siberian Husky.

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