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New England Pumpkin-Walnut Bread

Pumpkin bread is for chilly mornings when you long for some homestyle New England food. Serve slices with a warm and soothing beverage. —Kimberly Forni, Laconia, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • BREAD:
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small skillet, combine oats, sugar and cinnamon; cook and stir over medium heat 4-6 minutes or until oats are toasted. Remove from heat.
  • For bread, in a large bowl, beat pumpkin, eggs, oil, water, sugar, honey and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and spices; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture. Fold in walnuts.
  • Transfer to two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle tops with oat mixture.
  • Bake 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 220 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Sue
    Jan 5, 2020

    My family loved this recipe. The minute I took them out of the oven, my husband was standing by to have a slice. Within 36 hours, the first loaf was gone. I wrapped the second in plastic wrap and then foil and froze it for a family gathering a week later. It was a rave review for all. Will make often throughout the year.

  • jesskate
    Sep 21, 2019

    Great pumpkin bread recipe moist and delicious, will probably add reasons or cranberriess.

  • Angie
    Sep 15, 2019

    My new recipe for pumpkin bread hands down! Instead of water, I used apple juice and I used cranberries instead of walnuts. It came out so delicious and moist. The recipe is so versatile allowing you to change it up each time and still come out with a wonderful bread for family and friends!

  • Annabeth
    Sep 12, 2019

    I can’t wait to make this but have a question. One reviewer mentioned applesauce makes it moist but the recipe doesn’t call for it. How much would I add to the recipe and would it be a substitute for the honey or sugar?

  • Adrena2152
    Sep 12, 2019

    It would be very nice if recipes had the adjustments for high altitude! I have a wonderful pumpkin bread recipe from when I lived in Louisiana. But it needs something different for Colorado. This recipe sounds great, but I don't want to waste ingredients on something that will not turn out right due to altitude. Thank you!

  • joyceemery
    Sep 12, 2019

    HomeChefColleen mentioned applesauce … I don't see it in the ingredients ????

  • Grammy Debbie
    Sep 12, 2019

    One of my most favorite quick bread recipes--the spices give it a deep, rich flavor, so reminiscent of fall. The oats on top are a unique touch that make it look like a professional bakery loaf.

  • robbrd
    Nov 10, 2017

    Excellent Bread. The bread was moist and as other reviewers have said, not too sweet. There was a sweetness but not overpowering. The balance of spices was pleasing, too. I would be OK with omitting the oatmeal on top of the bread. I didn't really find that it added much to it other than it made it known it was homemade and not a box mix you can buy in the store. I've already tossed out my pumpkin bread recipe and this will be my "go to" recipe for pumpkin bread.

  • HomeChefColleen
    Nov 2, 2015

    Made these loaves for my mom who loves a moist quick bread. And these are deliciously moist, thanks to the applesauce! It's great that it makes two loaves! Thanks for the recipe!

  • NanaNeicy
    Oct 29, 2015

    This recipe is fabulous! Moist, sweet but not overly so. The toasted oatmeal on top gives a good crunch. I omitted the nuts and added dark chocolate chips instead.