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Moroccan Pumpkin Tea Loaf

Prep time
1 1⁄2 hours
Side dishes | Baked goods
Special Diets

Adapted from All Around the World Cookbook by Sheila Lukins


In North Africa, pumpkin is typically used in savory vegetable dishes. This unusual spin on it pairs it with dried fruit and nuts, and is excellent served with Moroccan stews, or as dessert with apricot jam.


2 call-purpose flour
2 tbaking powder
1 tbaking soda
1 tground cinnamon
1⁄2 tground cloves
1⁄4 tsalt
8 Tbutter (unsalted, at room temperature)
1⁄4 csugar
1⁄4 choney
2 eggs
1 cpumpkin puree
1⁄2 cyogurt (plain)
1⁄2 cdates (pitted, coarsley chopped)
1⁄2 capricots (pitted, coarsely chopped)
1⁄2 cwalnuts (coarsely chopped)


Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Grease a loaf pan and lightly flour it, then shake out the excess.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt, and set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and honey in a large bowl until well-combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and combine. Blend in the pumpkin and yogurt, then add the dates, apricots, and walnuts. Don't over mix.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan, and bake for an hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife along the edges of the pan to loosen it, then turn it onto the rack to cool completely.