Swirled Pumpkin Yeast Bread Recipe
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Swirled Pumpkin Yeast Bread Recipe

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I call this my "hostess gift" pumpkin bread, but it's fantastic for any occasion at all. Swirls of cinnamon-sugar make every slice irresistible. —Shirley Runkle, St. Paris, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 201 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 130 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oats, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, sugar and yeast. Beat in the warm water, pumpkin, applesauce and oil just until moistened. Add eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining all-purpose flour to form a firm dough. Add raisins.
  2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into an 18-in. x 9-in. rectangle; brush with butter to within 1/2 in. of edges. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side; pinch seam to seal.
  4. Place seam side down in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  5. Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Swirled Pumpkin Yeast Bread in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2007, p39

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 201 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 130 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

Excellent. I omitted the raisins though.

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

Everyone loved this recipe! I cut the softened butter together with the brown sugar and cinnamon. I omitted the raisins in one loaf and added them to the filling on the second. Both turned out great.

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012

I haven't tasted this yet, but from the batter I would say that this makes THREE loaves NOT TWO.

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

No doubt this is an A-1 recipe! I did, however, have the same problem as one other poster; my crust was chewier than I anticipated. Next time I will definitely reduce the amount the butter. There is no need to use a 1/4 cup. That is entirely too much butter to slather on two loaves of bread. I'd reduce to 2 tablespoons. I may add a bit more cinnamon to the brown sugar/cinnamon mix. I did have to cover mine with foil during the last 20 minutes. And I used the leftover melted butter to put a very light coating on the tops after it came out of the oven. Excellent recipe though. Definitely a keeper! Thanks for posting!!

Reviewed May. 18, 2012

Fantastic recipe. I was looking for something to use up pumpkin I had grown and froze during the summer. I actually substituted more pumpkin for the applesauce and it still turns out great. I also sometimes add in my own concoction of pumpkin pie spices. Wonderful! I would definitely recommend making this.

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