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Pumpkin Spice Bread Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Bread Recipe

This recipe is at least 40 years old. It makes a very moist bread. It's been described as tasting like pumpkin pie without the crust.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling YIELD:32 servings


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil and eggs. Add pumpkin and mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, cloves and allspice; add to the pumpkin mixture alternately with water, beating well after each addition.
  • 2. Pour into two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 197 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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playapelada User ID: 7463083 256245
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2016

"Always the best!!"

iammheysan User ID: 8933143 254099
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2016

""Love this! Recently tried the fresh pumpkin spice from RawSpiceBar to make a few fall inspired recipes and it was definitely worth trying!""

parksville User ID: 1598935 241736
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

"A five star recipe for sure. Lots of flavor and it gets better the next day. I did add 1 c walnuts and would add 1-1/2 the next time, our preference. Also lined the loaf pans w/ parchment for easy removal. Delicious and a keeper."

cmcanaday User ID: 8646430 238644
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2015

"I've made this 3 times & keep getting asked to make it again. It's delicious, I've added chocolate chips & pecans the last time. It's a keeper."

LovePyrs User ID: 8635199 238012
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"Super easy recipe that makes incredibly yummy bread! The next time I make this, I'm going to add toasted nuts. I think that will make this recipe just about perfect."

kramerstacey15 User ID: 5709757 237432
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"I used 2 cups of fresh pumpkin. I had to bake for about 20 minutes longer than recipe stated. It rose weird in the middle. I'm guessing the wetter fresh pumpkin accounts for the longer bake time and weird rise. Flavor is great."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 237418
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"I was extremely pleased with how this bread came out. It was moist and the spices were perfect. The bonus is that it makes two loaves!"

khalfacre User ID: 7995587 232860
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2015

"This is the BEST pumpkin bread I've ever made (and I've made a lot.) It is my go-to gift for housewarmings, new babies, new neighbors, etc. during the months that can even remotely called Autumn (or Winter, or sometimes Spring or Summer.) I get rave reviews every single time. I can't begin to say how many times I've shared this recipe over the last six years or so. I generally use three teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice instead of the individual spices. I'm lazy like that. Our family's favorite way to enjoy this treat is warm with a thick smear of cream cheese or butter. Just too good!"

sprout70 User ID: 7878521 215651
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"I am using self rising flour, I won't add salt, or baking soda right?"

Nferraraccio User ID: 8129638 39341
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"This recipe is so amazing and easy to make! I am usually terrible with breads, they always come out dry but this one was so moist and flavorful! I didn't have all the spices I only used Pumpkin pie spice, Cinnamon, and All spice. I brought it to my grandparents for Thanksgiving and EVERYONE loved it! I spread some homemade cream cheese frosting, SOOO GOOD!!"

Marysfam User ID: 6949549 201558
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"I love this, VERY moist, and I love that 1 recipe makes 2 large loaves. Next time I'll add even a little more cinnamon"

avismoo2 User ID: 4038597 40987
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014

"By far the best Pumpkin bread I have ever made!!!!"

ooh! User ID: 5628505 11404
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014


kcrihfield89 User ID: 5121811 40984
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"Tasty and very moist. The whole office loved it! The only downside is how much it makes. Next time I'll be cutting the recipe in half."

TheDix User ID: 607421 14131
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

"Very tasty bread. Made it today to share with a group of ladies tomorrow, and I know they'll like it."

Tilleysmom User ID: 7162033 39404
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"Very tasty loaf. The spices are just right and add a very nice flavour to the loaf. It is moist and has a nice texture for slicing. I added raisins and pecans which really complimented the already tasty loaf."

Chumley5 User ID: 6210995 8576
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"This is delicious bread. I did not change a thing and am lucky I froze one loaf. Otherwise, that would be gone, too. Next time I might add some toasted chopped pecans or walnuts."

jlheintz User ID: 4207802 14906
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"i usually make banana bread for Christmas to give out to family & co workers. i was looking for something different when i came across this recipe & decided to try it. i have never rcv'd so many compliments before. several ppl asked for the recipe & i directed them here. it is so moist, it's unreal. definitely a keeper."

ehor49 User ID: 6339076 65014
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"this was a hit with my family. they said it was a keeper"

asleepweare User ID: 6911652 27480
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"I get Alot of fans when it comes to my baking so I thought I would try pumpkin bread. Worst recipe,I have ever come across. Did everythingto a t still turned out bland and under cooked even after a hour and half in the oven."

janetsve User ID: 2085738 39340
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"Delicious! I wouldn't change a thing."

LillianJohnson User ID: 6485587 8575
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2012

"I have this recipe I make it reak iften I take it to Church potluck I don't bring any home I have had it for 10 or 12 years, Got it from a very dear friend."

yum110 User ID: 6552886 27475
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"Best pumpkin bread I have ever tasted in my life! It was so moist and melted in your mouth. It was gone in nearly a few days."

Jennasaurus17 User ID: 5338867 65012
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"Great recipe! It makes the most perfect-tasting, moist, pumpkin bread. I was out of allspice so I substituted cinnamon and added semi-sweet chocolate chips. It came out great."

Skeptican User ID: 5917599 14905
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"I froze the second loaf... we ended up taking it out of the freezer in a day or two! Cream cheese frosting on second loaf - so very good!"

hunter6295 User ID: 1021074 8574
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"Best pumpkin bread ever!"

Jennasaurus17 User ID: 5338867 201557
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"This recipe makes a wonderfully moist bread. I was out of allspice so I used cinnamon instead and added chocolate chips. It came out wonderfully tasty!"

[email protected] User ID: 1474219 13467
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"Based on what other reviewers wrote, I made some changes of my own. Used 2 cups white sugar and 1 cup brown, 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce. Added 1/2 tsp ginger and used apple juice instead of water. I used my own pumpkin puree from home-grown pumpkins. Baked in 3 smaller loaf pans; still took 55-60 minutes to bake. Couldn't wait for a loaf to cool off! Sliced and tasted while still warm. Out of this world good!"

kitzer User ID: 4188178 15392
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"This is almost the same recipe as mine! Only difference is the addition of 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. My Mom is 92 years young and she got the recipe from her Mother! So, yes, it is well over 40 years old!"

faith7025 User ID: 1149408 8573
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"I have been making this pumpkin bread recipe for many years. It is by far my favorite one! It always turns out perfectly and it freezes very well too. Yummy!"

Ductape615 User ID: 6161269 8572
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"Oh my goodness! This is a fantastic recipe, the bread is so flavorful, moist, and it was SO very easy to make. I did add 2 T. of Bourbon to the recipe (Had some on hand so I though, why not!?)

Will be making this recipe again and again and again.."

kathed5 User ID: 4469276 27404
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"Made 2 loaves exactly as recipe stated. Loaves were moist, dense and the spices were just right. It actually tastes much better than pumpkin pie, well almost! I have saved this recipe, and will most definitely make again."

Favablues User ID: 6033826 13466
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2011

"Great bread! I made it with our pumpkins from the garden.

I use less sugar and it is still very sweet, but that just depends on the baker.
Great recipe!"

misscleocat User ID: 257578 8568
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2011

"I used my butternut squash from our garden and used pumpkin pie spice instead of the individual spices listed. This bread is awesome. My family loved the tender, flavorful moist loaves."

pauser40 User ID: 2699158 15330
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"This is my all time favorite pumpkin bread. Give it a try, you definitely will not be disappointed. So moist. Yum!!"

laf818 User ID: 5708395 14709
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"Super delicious! I added about 2 T. of bourbon to the batter. My grandmother always added it to her pumpkin pies so I thought "Why not?" and added it to this bread! YUM! :-)"

autumvaught User ID: 2059000 8539
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"This had the most wonderful flavor. Some pumpkin spice breads don't really have a pumpkin or spice flavor. This one did not disappoint! I did substitute the oil for unsweetened applesause to cut back on the fat. The downside is that the bread was a little chewy (and I didn't over mix). Next time I might do half oil and half applesauce or just do the oil, because it was that tastey!"

lwhitneysmith User ID: 1006921 14707
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"I cannot believe how good this bread is, and my kids were begging for more!"

ruthsblack User ID: 2148739 37354
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010


hunter6295 User ID: 1021074 11403
Reviewed May. 1, 2009 Edited Oct. 30, 2011

"I made this for my son's 2nd grade class and they all loved it. Very very good!!"

bakingmad User ID: 875200 24167
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2008

"I use 2 C. granulated sugar and 1 C. brown sugar, and 1-1/2 teaspoons EACH cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to make this delicious bread. We sometimes enjoy slices of it topped with whipped cream. Made in smaller loaves, it makes great Christmas treats to share. Loaves of any size freeze well."

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