You will need for the bread | 200g wholemeal flour | 1/2 teaspoon of salt | 200g sugar | 1 teaspoon baking powder | 1 teaspoon ground ginger | 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon | 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg | 1/2 teaspoon allspice | 1 can of pumpkin purée (you don't need to go all the way to the States for this, you can find it in big supermarkets - or why not use fresh pumpkin instead?) | 110g butter, melted | 2 eggs, beaten | 1/4 cup water | 2 teaspoons golden syrup | 1 teaspoon orange zest | Handful of chopped pecans
You will need for the glaze and topping | 1 cup icing sugar | 2 tablespoons orange juice | 1 teaspoon orange zest | 1/4 teaspoon vanilla | Handful of chopped pecans | 1/4 cup sugar | 1 tablespoon butter | 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
Step 2: In a separate bowl, mix together the pumpkin purée, melted butter, beaten eggs, 1/4 cup of water, golden syrup and orange zest.
Step 3: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined and there is no more dry flour in the mix. Stir in the chopped pecans.
Step 4: Butter the inside of a loaf tin, pour in the batter and smooth the top. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 45-60 minutes.
Step 5: To make the caramelised pecans that go on top of your loaf, heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add your pecans, sugar, butter and cinnamon. Keep stirring - don't stop stirring! - until the nuts are evenly coated in the melted sugar and butter. Transfer the nuts to baking paper and once cooled, make sure to chop them into pieces so they're not all stuck together.
Step 6: To make the glaze, whisk together the icing sugar, orange juice, zest and vanilla until smooth. If it's too thick, add more juice; if it's too thin, add more icing sugar. Once your bread has cooled completely, drizzle with the glaze, sprinkle on the caramelised pecans, and then finish with some more glaze.
Step 7: Make yourself a nice hot cup of Earl Grey and enjoy with a big slice!