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Sunday, December 18 2011
A cream cheese, sour cream, and crystalized ginger filling sets this Christmas favorite recipe apart from the others.


Prep Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Servings: 32 servings

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Ingredients
1/2 of an 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened1/4 cup sugar1 8-ounce carton dairy sour cream 1 egg2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger 3 cups all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1 teaspoon ground ginger1 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups sugar4 eggs1 15-ounce can pumpkin 1 cup cooking oil1/3 cup water
Directions
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottoms and 1/2 inch up the sides of two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and the 1/4 cup sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add sour cream and the 1 egg; beat until combined. Stir in the crystallized ginger; set aside.
2 In another medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, the ground ginger, the nutmeg, and salt; set aside.
3 In a large bowl, combine the 2 cups sugar, the 4 eggs, the pumpkin, oil, and water. Beat on low speed until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until combined.
4 Spoon 1-1/2 cups of the pumpkin batter into each of the prepared pans. Divide the cream cheese mixture between pans, spreading evenly. Spoon the remaining pumpkin batter onto cream cheese mixture, spreading evenly.
5 Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pans. Cool completely on wire racks.
6 Wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight before slicing. Store any leftover bread in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 32 servings.
 
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