Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Make this old-fashioned pumpkin bread recipe for an extremely quick dessert that’s perfect when you’re in a pinch and don’t have time to cook.

From "Cooking with Pumpkin"
April 2015

  • Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Bread
    Sometimes there’s nothing better than a slice of classic pumpkin bread.
    Photo by Averie Sunshine
  • Cooking with Pumpkin
    “Cooking with Pumpkin” by Averie Sunshine is a must-have cookbook for anyone who loves pumpkin.
    Cover courtesy The Countryman Press
  • Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Bread
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Total Hands-On Time: 1 hr

Preparation Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 55 min

Yield: One 9- by 5-inch loaf

Delicious pumpkin is a healthy addition to any dish. Whether it’s Cinnamon-Sugar Pumpkin Donuts or Cheesy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, it tastes terrific and has significant nutritional benefits. In Cooking with Pumpkin (The Countryman Press, 2014), by Averie Sunshine, contains more than 75 recipes to inspire and nourish home cooks. This Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Bread Recipe is from the Chapter, “Breakfast Goodies: Breads, Muffins and Pastries.”

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Sometimes I just want a classic piece of pumpkin bread; no Nutella swirls or salted caramel glazes need apply. This loaf is the one to make when you want a moist slice that focuses on pure pumpkin flavor. It’s also the recipe to make when you’re in a jam and literally have five minutes to get something into a pan and into the oven. The first eleven ingredients are whisked together in one bowl, all at once, making it extremely fast and easy to whip up. But the results don’t taste fast and easy, which is the best kind of recipe.


• 2 eggs
• 1 cup pumpkin purée
• 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
• 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
• 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
• Pinch salt, optional


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin, oil, sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, and ginger, and whisk to combine.

3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, if using, to taste, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.

4. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.

5. Bake for about 55 minutes, or until top is set, domed, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs dangling, but no batter. If the loaf is browning before the center has cooked through, tent with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.

6. Allow bread to cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

More from Cooking with Pumpkin:

Pumpkin Hummus Recipe with Chipotle Seasoning
Recipe for Pumpkin Pretzels

This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from Cooking with Pumpkin by Averie Sunshine and published by The Countryman Press, 2014.

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