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 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."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"The center of my loaf wasn't completely cooked until 1 hour 35 minutes. Even though I foiled the edges, my loaf still turned out very dark with a slight burnt flavor. Nonetheless, the bread remained moist. I substituted raisins with chocolate chips. Not terribly impressed with this recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

"This is delicious! I've made half a dozen loaves in the past month; I have a houseful of pumpkin anything fans. Better than Starbucks! Don't get the bad review, something was off, maybe the oven? Mine's turned out perfectly every time."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"Moist, Delicious,and Easy! Made per recipe except left out the nuts and raisins. Loved it!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"Terrible! Never cooked through even after 2 hours. I checked to make sure I had added all ingredients correctly. So sad!!! It had such good reviews.... The part that did cook was super bland!! I will definitely be trying another recipe."

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