Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fall Pumpkin Bread

An easy pumpkin quick bread infused with the perfect blend of spices. This pumpkin bread is light not dense with a semi-crispy topping. 

Today I'm revisiting a post I blogged about back in 2008. When I first started blogging my picture taking skills were awful to say the least. Anytime I look at old posts I usually cringe at the photos. To fix this issue occasionally I will be revisiting old posts, and republishing them in a effort to make them more presentable. 

I'm starting with my absolute favorite Fall Pumpkin Bread. I have come to realize that pumpkin bread isn't just for fall. I say this because my son Carson loves pumpkin bread and he asks me to make it year round. I'm always surprised at how much he likes it. 

I got this recipe from a good friend back in 2007 and by far it's the best Pumpkin Bread I've ever had. Its light in texture and has the perfect blend of spices. I love the top of the bread because it's slightly crispy. The first time I tasted this pumpkin bread it was love at first bite. I knew I had to have the recipe. My friend was nice enough to share it with me and I've been making it ever since.

When the holidays roll around I like to make mini pumpkin breads for gift giving. This recipe will yields about 6-7 mini loaves. Place finished and cooled bread in a clear gift sacks tied with holiday ribbon and it makes the perfect gift.

I recommend only using only self rising flour and sifting it just as the recipe states. I tried it with all purpose flour once and the recipe was a flop. I even added the baking powder and soda but it was still a mess. I have included some step by step photos for y'all.

Yield: 2 loaves
Author: Tina Butler | Mommy's Kitchen
Fall Pumpkin Bread

Fall Pumpkin Bread

An easy pumpkin quick bread infused with the perfect blend of spices. This pumpkin bread is light not dense with a semi-crispy topping.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 1 Hour


  • 3 - cups self-rising flour, sifted (Do not substitute)
  • 1 - teaspoons nutmeg
  • 2 - teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 - cups sugar or 1 1/2 cups truvia or splenda baking blend
  • 1 - cup vegetable oil or (2 - sticks softened butter)
  • 2/3 - cup water
  • 2 - teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 - cup fresh pumpkin puree or
  • 1 - (15 ounce) can of solid packed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 4 - eggs
  • cinnamon sugar topping, optional
  • 1/2 - cup chopped pecans, optional


  1. In a large bowl or kitchen aid stand mixer add the sifted flour, spices and sugar. Using the paddle attachment mix to combine.
  2. In a medium bowl blend the oil, water, vanilla and pumpkin. Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and blend on low-medium speed. Add the eggs one at a time and mix to combine.
  3. Pour the batter into two greased 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pans that have been greased and lightly floured.
  4. If using cinnamon sugar lightly sprinkle some on top of bread before baking.
  5. Bake at 350 for 45 - 50 minutes. Bread is done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean and golden brown on top.
  6. Remove from oven and run a offset spatula around the edges to loosen the bread. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes then remove from pan and cool completely on a baking rack.


I also wanted to note that some people like to substitute applesauce in place of oil. I tried replacing 1 cup of applesauce instead of all oil and the bread was so dense and heavy, so I don't recommend it. I think you could get by with using half oil and half applesauce, but not all applesauce. If making mini loaves - bake for 20 - 25 minutes. I also do not recommend using all purpose flour. The bread yields a dense loaf when all purpose flour is used. 

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Recipe Yields: 2 loaves

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does.


Michelle said... #

I pinned this, it looked so good. I am hoping it works as muffins. I like freezing then so when ever my family wants one they can just pull it out of the freezer.

chow and chatter said... #

this looks great must try it

Anonymous said... #

can I bake this one in a bundt pan?

Tina Butler said... #

Most definitely! I sometimes bake mine in a bundt pan as well.

Anonymous said... #

Can I use reg flour instead of self-rising flour?
Thanks Renee Z.

Tracy said... #

Added chocolate chips. Very moist and delish! Made yesterday and making it again tonight for a family dinner. A trusted pumkin bread

Unknown said... #

3 cups sugar? I'm just curious is that a lot for a recipe?

Anonymous said... #

What do you mean or soilid packed pumpkin? What do you do with the pumpkin,i want to make this soon.

Anonymous said... #

Oh, this bread is delicious. You are one of the first food blogs I subscribed to, but I did not try this recipe until just today, after all of these years. It was wonderful. I used the self-rising flour, as you stated, and sifted it. We do not like straight nutmeg, so I substituted pumpkin pie spice for that. The only other thing I did was to add parchment paper rectangles to the bottoms of each of my 7 greased mini loaf pans, because of the high sugar content of the recipe. They slipped right out and are fantastic. Thank you, Tina.

Tonia said... #

Which version do you like best one with 1 cup oil or 1/2 oil and 1/2 butter?

Tina Butler said... #

It is either all butter or all oil. Both versions are good.

Tina Butler said... #

Solid packed pumpkin is store bought canned pumpkin

Unknown said... #

I made this recipe for my family this week and they LOVED it. I added raisins in place of nuts. I'm now baking 4 more batches with and without raisins to give to my family at thanksgiving as door gifts. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us.

#Pekmomtoo! said... #

Its totally my fault but I didn't leave any headspace so I now have an oven full of bread. I guess maybe an inch from the top next time?