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Holiday Blueberry Pumpkin Bread

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American Precis Syndicate

What do blueberries and pumpkins have in common? Both are native to the Americas.

Blueberries, in fact, are one of only three fruits that originated in North America. The others are Concord grapes and cranberries.

European settlers in the 17th century were not familiar with either blueberries or pumpkins.

Blueberries were a delightful new discovery and they found many ways to enjoy them in baked goods and puddings, drying the berries for winter use.

Today, blueberry pumpkin bread puts the two together for an ideal combination. You'll want to make several loaves so you'll have plenty to give to friends and to keep for yourself.

For more nutrition information and great blueberry recipes, visit www.blueberrycouncil.org.

Recipe for blueberry pumpkin bread:

1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup orange juice

2 large eggs

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, not thawed

White icing, optional

Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat pumpkin, sugar, orange juice, eggs and oil until smooth, about one minute.

In small bowl, stir flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice; add to pumpkin mixture; stir just until combined. Spoon 1/2 of batter into pan; spread evenly. Stir blueberries into remaining batter in bowl and spoon over batter in pan; spread evenly.

Bake until a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 60 to 65 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes; turn out onto rack; cool completely.

May be wrapped and refrigerated, or frozen. If desired, drizzle with white icing.

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