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Fruit-Nut Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Fruit-Nut Pumpkin Bread Recipe

“My family says our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner wouldn't be complete without this easy bread. I bake a variety to suit everyone—one plain, one with just nuts, one with raisins and dried cranberries, and one with everything.” — Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 2-2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup golden raisins
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, pumpkin, oil, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and cloves; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture until blended. Fold in the walnuts, raisins and cranberries.
  • 2. Transfer to two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • 3. For spread, place cranberries in a small bowl; add boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in cranberries and walnuts until blended. Serve with bread. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each) and 1 cup spread.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 386 calories, 19g fat (3g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 193mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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kshea User ID: 2698812 116659
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012

"This is excellent!"

xprincess User ID: 1756019 116657
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2011

"I've been making this bread for a couple of years now. I always load it up with everything listed because we love it that way. During the holidays I make multiple loaves and give as gifts to friends and's become a requested item. Freezes well so you can make ahead and always have some on hand. During the fall months I always buy extra cans of the solid-pack pumpkin so I can make this delicous bread all year round."

snmckey User ID: 1512292 180428
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"This bread is my favorite, although I changed a couple of things. In every bread I bake, I substitute the oil for applesauce and use about half the sugar. Yummy!"

Llessur User ID: 3012135 116649
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"Excellent recipe. I added dried cranberrys in place of the golden raisins."

Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 210227
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"I made it exactly as the recipe stated and it was perfect. This recipe is a keeper."

dusty222 User ID: 2366570 180426
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"I baked this last year and it was undone in the center. This year I made it in 3 pans and baked same time and it was done completely and fantastic"

BruceNewcomer User ID: 2782655 142449
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2009

"I have made different variations of this bread, using combinations of various fruits (apples, dried apples, raisins, golden raisins, cranberries, dried cranberries, chocolate covered raisins), nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts), orange peel, lemon peel, and even chocolate chips. It is always a big hit with everyone!"

swinny User ID: 1858482 103217
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"I made this recipe for myself & hubby. We ate one loaf. It is so delicious. I am saving the other loaf for Thanksgiving! Thanks!"

courtney23cy User ID: 3492249 106857
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2008

"I have been looking for a pumpkin bread recipe to make as gifts for friends this Christmas. I tried this one and can't believe how good it is. And my husband and daughter love it too. It has the perfect combination of flavors. Too good to keep a loaf at home because I'll eat it all!"

bjs70206 User ID: 2237317 161934
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2008

"I took this to our local fair and got a blue ribbon! It is moist and the cranberries, raisins and walnuts add so much flavor."

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