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Pumpkin Bread Recipe
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Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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I keep my freezer stocked for our harvest crew with home-baked goodies like this deliciously spicy pumpkin-rich quick bread. —Joyce Jackson, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 219 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 211 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda cinnamon, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and cloves. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin, oil, and water. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in walnuts and raisins if desired.
  2. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Originally published as Pumpkin Bread in Taste of Home October/November 1994, p13

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 219 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 211 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 13, 2014

"I made this recipe for a reception and every piece went. The loaf I kept at home didn't last that much longer. Delicious! I did substitute orange/pineapple juice for the water. I'm making again tonight with the leftover pumpkin from the first recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"This was an amazing easy recipe to follow; I did bake mine in my longer/thinner bread pan (13 X 4 1/2) and was done in an hour. For the pumpkin I used leftover mashed sweet potatoes and also added the raisins. This is a 'keeper recipe' ! Yum..."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"Didn't last a day at my house! Excellent recipe!"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"I'm glad I finally found an excellent recipe for pumpkin bread that has some spice to it. I saw some cans of pumpkin in my pantry and decided to try this. My husband LOVED it! In fact, after only one day, it is gone! I plan to make some of these for my relatives for Christmas. The only things added were a little brown sugar on top and some additional walnuts! Yum! This recipe is definitely a keeper!"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"With 78 of the 87 respondents giving this recipe a 5 Star rating I took the plunge and made a double batch without ever trying the recipe out. What good is half a can of pumpkin puree, right? Unless you make a smoothie and I've already had my breakfast. I've got just over an hour before my first tasting........Yes! This definitely is 5 Star Pumpkin Bread and I think it's way better than StarBuck's version!

FYI I omitted raisins and walnuts. The next time I make it, which will be later today, I will add some topping, just like StarBucks. I'm going to bring some to share for the holiday this week and freeze a couple to have on hand. I will add some walnuts to one of the next two loaves I make. I used two different bread pans: one dark metal and one glass. The metal one took longer to bake in the center. I set the timer for 60 minutes as I always go under with my oven and the one in glass pan was not ready. I gave it an extra 10 minutes, which was only 5 minutes more than the recommended baking time."

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