Three Sisters Quick Breads
Pumpkin Bread
1 ½ c. dark brown sugar  ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ c. canola or vegetable oil    ½ tsp. nutmeg
¾ c. water    ½ tsp. ground cloves
2 large eggs, lightly beaten     1 ¾ c. all-purpose flour
Half of a 15 oz. can pure pumpkin1 tsp. baking soda
      ¾ teaspoon salt

In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients listed on the left.
In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients at right. 
Fold the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture and mix until just combined.  
Spoon batter into a 9 inch loaf pan and two miniature loaf pans until pans are about 2/3 full.  Bake breads about 1 hour ( 50 minutes for miniatures) in a 350 degree preheated oven.  Set baked breads on cooling racks for a few minutes after removing from oven.  Remove from pans and cool to room temperature if planning to package or freeze.

Banana Bread   Substitute 2 ripe mashed bananas for the pumpkin (about 1 cup).  Reduce the water to ½ cup.  Reduce brown sugar to 1 ¼ cup. Omit nutmeg and cloves.

Apple Bread Substitute ¾ cup finely chopped or pureed apple for pumpkin (can leave the peeling on, core, then process apples).  Reduce water to ½ cup.  Omit nutmeg and cloves, but increase cinnamon to 2 teaspoons.
Godmother Notes:  The pumpkin, banana, and apple all contribute to increasing the nutritional value of this bread.  Adding ½ cup of fresh cranberries to any of these will boost antioxidant levels, vitamin C and add a spark of tartness, texture, and color.

Light brown sugar can be used as well.  The dark brown simply provides a richer molasses taste and deeper color.  Either brown sugar should be packed into the cup as you measure.  Recipe writers often assume we know this and don’t include it in recipe!

Make it easy for yourself to remove these from the pan and eliminate pan cleanup.  Mold a piece of aluminum foil over the outside of the pan, then transfer this to the inside of the pan as a lining.  Spray this foil liner with a cooking spray.  Simply lift the foiled bread out of the pan, and you can use this foil to wrap bread later.
I grew up with two sisters, and the three of us basically came from the same family “recipe” but each of us developed our own unique personality, just like the 3 flavors you can create with this easy bread recipe.  I think you will like all three!