Pumpkin Bread

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Kids love it, grown-ups love it…this pumpkin bread is hard to beat!

Pumpkin Bread

My grandmother clipped this pumpkin bread recipe from a magazine over 50 years ago, and it is my most-cherished family recipe. One of my clearest childhood memories is baking the loaves with my mom and then carting them off to every neighborhood potluck and holiday party. Now I bake this pumpkin bread with my own kids and it’s just as wonderful today as it was back then. It’s easy to make — just a bit of mixing and stirring, pop it in the oven, and, in about an hour, you’ll have a house smelling of sweet autumn spices and two scrumptious, pumpkiny loaves.

pumpkin bread

This is the original recipe from my grandmother’s recipe box; as you can see, it has seen its share of spills!

What you’ll need to make pumpkin bread

How to make pumpkin bread

Begin by combining the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. I like to add everything in neat little piles in case I lose track of what I’ve added.

Whisk well and set aside.

Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl or in the bowl of an electric mixer.

Beat until just combined. It will look a little crumbly.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Continue beating for a few minutes until light and fluffy.

Add the pumpkin.

Beat until combined. It will look a little grainy — that’s okay.

Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture.

And beat on low speed until just combined.

Transfer the batter to loaf pans.

Bake for 65-75 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Let the loaves cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Bread

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Pumpkin Bread

Kids love it, grown-ups love it…this pumpkin bread is hard to beat!

Servings: Makes 2 loaves
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 65 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15-oz can 100% pure pumpkin (I use Libby's)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Generously grease two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans with butter and dust with flour (alternatively, use a baking spray with flour in it, such as Pam with Flour or Baker's Joy).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk until well combined; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until just blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until very light and fluffy, a few minutes. Beat in the pumpkin. The mixture might look grainy and curdled at this point -- that's okay.
  4. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined.
  5. Turn the batter into the prepared pans, dividing evenly, and bake for 65 – 75 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the loaves cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Fresh out of the oven,the loaves have a deliciously crisp crust. If they last beyond a day, you can toast individual slices to get the same fresh-baked effect.
  7. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. After it is completely cooled, wrap it securely in aluminum foil, freezer wrap or place in a freezer bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (24 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 166
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Sugar: 17 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Sodium: 117 mg
  • Cholesterol: 31 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Hard to Beat? Hard to EAT!

    Truly disgusting soft, mushy and too sweet.

    • — JULIAN UPSTON on January 21, 2021
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  • Super easy, tasty and moist. Pleasing crisp top and soft inside. The crisp top softened the next day, but was still good. And THANK YOU for having a recipe that uses a whole can of pumpkin instead of a random one cup. I never know what to do with the extra especially if it doesn’t double nicely. I didn’t have two 8 x 4 loaf pans, I had one glass 9 x 5 loaf pan and a 9.5″ glass pie pan. I kind of split the batter as best I could and cooked the pie one for 35 min. and the loaf for 50 min. I think the loaf needed to go in longer as the inside was a little mushy. I might make muffins next time, but it was nice not to have to divvy up the batter twelve times. If you make muffins, does it make twelve??

    • — Michelle on January 19, 2021
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    • Glad you liked this! And I actually do have a muffin recipe that’s almost the same. You can check it out here (feel free to omit the topping if you’d like).

      • — Jenn on January 19, 2021
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  • I made this recipe around the holidays and thought the loaves were really too small. Turns out I should’ve measured my pans! I followed the recipe and it was delicious. but this time, I thought I’d outsmarted the baking universe and I made it all in one loaf. Well, as I sit here, I’ve added an additional 20 minutes but there’s no way it’s going to bake through. Learned my lesson. Not your recipe-just user error.

    • — Nicole M. on January 18, 2021
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    • I’ve made it in one 9×5 dark loaf pan before and it turned out perfectly! Total bake time was approximately 75 minutes. Type of pan makes a difference. This was a heavy dark loaf pan.

      • — Anna on January 18, 2021
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  • Definitely our favorite pumpkin bread recipe!! The amount and combination of spices is what sets this apart from other pumpkin bread recipes. We follow the recipe exactly except for the addition of one cup chopped walnuts. Measure flour carefully. Jenn your recipes are top notch….thank you!

    • — Anna on January 18, 2021
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  • I loved this! It’s so moist and delicious, but simple! Although, I personally wanted to add just a bit more sweetness and make sure it didn’t taste too egg-y, so I added 2(or you could do 1) teaspoons of vanilla and just a tiny splash of milk (I got this idea because this is what I do with my banana bread). Thank you!

    • — HappyBaker on January 17, 2021
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  • Wow, this is really delicious! I love it so much. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • — Brittney on January 15, 2021
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  • This recipe is a total winner! I didn’t have 2 loaf tins so I split the batter in half and did muffins and a loaf. When my son ate one of the muffins he said ‘This tastes like Christmas!’ It’s super easy to prepare and the result is moist, sweet and so flavorsome. Definitely going on my repeat list!

    • — Laura on January 15, 2021
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  • This is such a favorite! For an extra treat, I sometimes add 2 cups of chocolate chips just before baking–1 cup per loaf. Wondeful!

    • — karen on January 13, 2021
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  • This is the absolute best pumpkin I have ever had. I made a regular one and a gluten-free one. I added one extra egg in the gf one.YUUUMMMM.

    • — Korine on January 11, 2021
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  • I only have a 9 x 4.5 pan, can I still make this recipe? If so, how should I adjust the baking time and temperature?

    • — Cyrus on January 10, 2021
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    • Hi Cyrus, You can make this in that pan — the bread will just be more dense. I’d actually recommend these muffins instead (you can omit the topping if you want).

      • — Jenn on January 12, 2021
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  • I only have one bread tin, should I put the remaining batter in the fridge while the first one bakes? Thank you!

    • — Alex on January 9, 2021
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    • You could get away with that as long as you use the batter as soon as you’ve removed the baked bread from the loaf pan (you don’t want the batter sitting too long). If you have a muffin tin, you could also make muffins with the remaining batter. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 11, 2021
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  • So easy to make, moist and delicious Thank you. I can’t wait to check out your other recipes.

    • — Anna on January 8, 2021
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  • I will never buy boxed pumpkin bread mix again! Thank you, this is super easy and delicious!

    • — Christi on January 7, 2021
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    • Turned out nicely..in my opinion though it was a bit too heavy on the cloves. I will use about 1/2 tsp next time.

      • — Annette on January 10, 2021
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  • My go-to pumpkin bread recipe! So easy and comes out perfect every time. Love that it uses exactly 1 can of pumpkin.

    • — BWZ on January 2, 2021
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  • This Pumpkin Bread is Delicious, Flavorful and Moist! Love it! Thank You!

    • — Helen on January 1, 2021
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  • Made this today. I like it! I’m surprised because I thought 1 tsp each of the spices might be too strong but it is fine. I used 1/2 the sugar i.e. 1 cup, it is more than sweet enough for me. Instead of the butter I used 1/3 cup of peanut oil, it seems fine. Cooked right at 65 minutes. I want to mention that I never “generously” grease / flour pans. I put the least possible amount that will coat the pan and this works very very well. This is a good recipe, thanks very much for posting it.

    • — Martha Vineyard on December 31, 2020
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  • Super easy to make, not complicated at all and its literally the best pumpkin bread I’ve had. This is my go to recipe now!

    • — Bethany on December 31, 2020
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  • Smells and tastes wonderful. I did have it in the oven for almost >100 minutes before the centre of the loaves were no longer coming out wet. I wonder if it’s because I added a bit of yogurt?

    • — Christine on December 29, 2020
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    • Hi Christine, the added yogurt likely made the difference in the baking time as it added more moisture to the mixture. Hope that helps (and glad you liked it)!

      • — Jenn on December 29, 2020
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