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posted: 09/19/20

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This Pumpkin Bread is quick and easy to make with the perfect pumpkin spice flavor and cinnamon sugar top.

pumpkin bread topped with cinnamon sugar, sliced on a cutting board with small pumpkins around it

Around here there is a new crispness to the air. Even on the days that get warm, in the evening we need a jacket. I’ve been working on some fall recipes, so my house always smells like cinnamon. I must say, I am fully in love with the crisp air and the cozy smells in my home.

One such recipes is this amazing, easy Pumpkin Bread. It is a quick bread, meaning that it doesn’t require proofing yeast, or allowing dough to rise. The name is fitting, as it truly is quick to throw together.

How to Make Pumpkin Bread

As mentioned, making this pumpkin bread recipe is very simple. This is just a brief overview of the steps, make sure to get the full list of ingredients and steps in the recipe card below.

  1. Whisk together all of the dry ingredients. This is the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and all of the spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  2. Now whisk together all of the wet ingredients. This includes the pumpkin, butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. (You’re right, we are counting the sugar as a wet ingredient.)
  3. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. You want to combine the two without over mixing. We are just looking to mix until we can’t see any streaks of flour.
overhead view of pumpkin bread in a bread pan with cinnamon sticks and pumpkins around it

Buying Pumpkin Purée

Make sure when you buy the ingredients for this recipe that your can of pumpkin says 100% Pumpkin Purée . You do not want to buy pumpkin pie filling as it will not perform the same way in this recipe.

How to Measure Flour

Baking is a science, and because of that it is crucial that you measure the ingredients correctly. Extra cheese in my Chicken Noodle Casserole is amazing. Extra flour in this quick bread recipe will result in a failure.

  1. Start by using a dry measuring cup. Those glass measuring cups should be saved for the liquid.
  2. Scoop the flour from the container you are keeping it in (or the bag of flour) into the measuring cup using a spoon.
  3. Now use the flat edged handle of a spatula to level it off.

If you want to see this in action, you can check out the video located in my Oatmeal Raisin Cookies post.

front of view of easy pumpkin bread sliced on cutting board

Baking Quick Bread

The other day someone asked me how I get the top of my Banana Bread from sinking in. If you pull your quick bread out of the oven and it sinks in in the middle, it was not baked long enough.

Oven temperatures do vary. So it is more important to rely on a toothpick than the length of time recommended in a recipe. Most quick breads take between 50 minutes and 1 hour to bake.

Around the 50 minute mark stick a toothpick in the middle of the top. It should come out with just a few crumbs. You will know this moist pumpkin bread is done.

If you find that baking it long enough to get crumbs results in the sides being burnt, you might want to invest in a new bread pan. Please see the recommended tools listed below for my suggestion.

a stack of five pieces of the best pumpkin bread recipe

Other Great Pumpkin Recipes

If you too are enjoying the crisp air and the smell of fall recipes baking, then check out some of my other favorites:

front on view of pumpkin bread that has been sliced into

Other Quick Breads

I love how fast and easy quick breads are. If you do too, you might like these other recipes:

If you love this Pumpkin Bread Recipe please leave me a comment and let me know! Other readers rely on your reviews and I love hearing from you.

pumpkin bread recipe sliced on a cutting board

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Pumpkin Bread

Serves: 10 slices
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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This Pumpkin Bread is quick and easy to make with the perfect pumpkin spice flavor and cinnamon sugar top.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree make sure you are buying 100% pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filing
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Set the pan aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and ginger.
  • In a smaller bowl mix together the pumpkin, sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Gently fold the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Mix together the butter, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon with a fork. The mixture will be crumbly. Pour over the top of the bread.
  • Bake the bread for 55 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the center of the bread comes out clean.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
pumpkin bread recipe sliced on a cutting board

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  1. Meg Loftheim says

    5 stars
    So very easy. Made it in a special “fall” pan. It was pretty and tasted great as well.

    • Lisa Longley says

      This is great to hear!

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you liked it Meg!

  2. Catherine Dickey says

    Certainly going to try this one Yummy

  3. Carol says

    Wow, this is delicious, nice balance of flavours with a crunch❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it Carol!

  4. Sharon says

    What cooking spray do you use? Is it just oil or the one with oil and flour?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Just an oil cooking spray.

  5. Nina says

    I can’t buy pumpkin puree in Belgium. Can I make it myself from fresh pumpkins?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! Definitely. Make sure that it is not watery once you are done, and just replace the amount listed with the same amount, 425 grams.

  6. Ellen Hixenbaugh says

    Just took it out of the oven. Smells so good and can’t wait to try it. I threw in a handful of walnuts too. Thank you for the recipe.

  7. Violet says

    Turned out great. This is the 2nd one Ive made.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

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