Spiced Maple Pecan Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy
Serves 8
Ingredients: 

1/2 cup Organic Valley Butter

1 cup pure maple syrup

2 Organic Valley Eggs

1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans

16 oz. Organic Valley Cream Cheese

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup Organic Valley Butter

1/2 cup agave nectar

Instructions: 

In large bowl, cream butter, syrup, eggs, pumpkin and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt; stir in pecans. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, until just fully incorporated. Do not overmix. Spoon into a well-greased loaf pan. Bake in a preheated 350° oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (about 1 hr.). To make frosting, cream together remaining ingredients until completely combined.

To Serve: Instead of frosting the entire loaf, cut loaf into 8 slices; frost individual slices.

A 2008 Celebrate Organic Holiday Recipe Contest Winner submitted by Carol Wasserman of Chappaqua, NY.

Good to Know: Agave nectar is available in the Grocery Department.