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Pumpkin Pecan Loaves

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling


2 loaves (16 slices each)

Among all my pumpkin bread recipes, this caramel-glazed creation is the pick of the crop. Often, I'll wrap up a lovely loaf as a homemade gift for teachers and Sunday school leaders. —Brenda Jackson, Garden City, Kansas
Pumpkin Pecan Loaves Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, oil, eggs and water; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined; fold in the pecans.
  2. Spoon into 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 60-65 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 glaze, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar and cream in a saucepan. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Cool for 20 minutes. Stir in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle over cooled loaves.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 249 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 212mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • grace
    Dec 29, 2020

    I love this recipe ! the best part is that it makes 3 loaves not 2 . that way if you have people over one will be for all of you, and one will be given away .

  • vsailaway
    Oct 4, 2020

    I made this today and reduced the sugar by a third. It's very good. Heavy loaves. Three cups of sugar is too much, especially with the sugary glaze.

  • Connie
    Nov 18, 2019

    Seem like a lot of sugar. Has anyone made it with, say, 2 cups of sugar?

  • MyMooney
    Oct 9, 2019

    I made this for a family gathering and needless to say, none came back home with me. They absolutely loved it and raved over it. I will definitely make it again this fall.

  • Amy
    Sep 30, 2019

    This is a fabulous recipe that creates a beautiful batter! I got one 5x9 and two 4x8 loaves out of one batch. Bread is moist and delicious with an irresistible glaze. My smaller loaves baked well but my large loaf was burnt on the corners and undercooked in the middle. Next time I’ll leave it in for longer (cover with foil) or bake at 325.

  • Jennifer
    Aug 23, 2019

    I love this recipe overall and make it year round. I cut the sugar back 1 cup and add homemade vegan cinnamon chips. I typically double this recipe when I bake. It will make 5 decent loaves plus’s 2 minis. I do this because all of the loaves will fit in my oven. I set the timer for 1 hour and they all come out done evenly.

  • Penny
    Dec 12, 2017

    Made this for clients and they all just love it!! Made one for the family too and was gone in a day. Awesome bread!!

  • kolate
    Sep 24, 2017

    No comment left

  • Holly
    Nov 22, 2016

    Like someone else on here, I too would like a time estimate for a smaller loaf in one of those smaller disposable loaf pans. I'm guessing 25 or 30 minutes.??

  • alfoa
    Sep 25, 2016

    I've made many pumpkin breads, muffins, etc. This one is disappointing. There's too much sugar, which masks the flavors that make pumpkin bread so wonderful. And that's before adding the glaze! Keep searching--there are plenty of better recipes out there.Also, the glaze is not white.