Pecans add a nutty twist to this rich Pumpkin Pecan Bread – a delicious treat perfect for any fall day.
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin
1 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
2/3 cup water
Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl, and make a well in center of mixture. Whisk together pumpkin, next 3 ingredients; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Stir in pecans.
Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 9- x 5-inch loafpans.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour).