- 1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks)
- 2 1/4 cups dark brown sugar (not packed)
- 4 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups pumpkin (one 15-oz can)
- 1/2 cup yellow raisins
- Pecans (optional but highly recommended)
Cream butter and sugar till well mixed. Add eggs one at a time and beat till fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add 1/3 dry ingredients, mix, add 1/3 pumpkin, mix. Alternate dry mix and pumpkin untill all mixed together. Fold in raisins.
Grease 2 loaf pans with the butter wrappers. Put a strip of parchment paper along the bottom and short sides of each pan. Divide batter equally between pans. Put row of walnuts or pecan halves down center (or strew all over top) if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until a knife or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
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