Pumpkin Bread

We’d always receive the gift of a loaf of cinnamon spiced Pumpkin Bread for the holidays. Our neighbor shared the recipe and it’s still my favorite version that my children request each autumn.Classic Pumpkin Bread | Moist, dense and perfectly spiced

A Childhood Favorite

The picky hubby has quick breads on his long list of dislikes, but my children adore pumpkin bread. Especially THIS pumpkin bread. I had two small loaves in the freezer and I retrieved them for Nick’s finals week. I know, I know, a high protein breakfast would have been better brain food, but this made my sophomore smile (a hard thing to do with all those tests looming). This recipe came from Severa Vandergaast, our Dutch neighbor growing up who talked a mile a minute with a charming accent. A loaf of this spicy deliciousness would arrive each Christmas as a gift for our family. We’d practically inhale the loaf, then beg my mom to bake another so we could slather warm slices with cold butter.Classic Pumpkin Bread | Moist, dense and perfectly spiced

Classic Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Dense, moist and full of warm spices, this recipe is for a truly classic pumpkin bread. No chocolate chips or streusel needed (though I’ve shared those loaves, too). It’s wonderful just as it is!

Pumpkin Bread
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A classic pumpkin bread recipe that's always a hit
Recipe type: Bread, Quick bread
Serves: 1 loaf
  • 1½ c sugar
  • ½ c oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c pumpkin
  • 1¾ c flour
  • ¼ t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • ¼ t cloves
  • ¼ t allspice
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • ⅓ c water
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease one standard loaf pan. I also put a rectangle of parchment on the bottom of the pan and grease that as well.
  2. Combine sugar and oil. Add rest of ingredients in order.
  3. Bake large pan 1 hour-1 hour 15 minutes or two smaller pans for 40-50 minutes. Check the center of the loaf with a toothpick. It should come out clean after inserting when the loaf is done.
I often triple this recipe and feed the extra pumpkin to Lambeau, who loves hearing the sound of cans opening in the kitchen!


  1. Patticake says:

    Liz, this is the recipe I use for Pumpkin bread, we love it!
    At times, I use muffin cups or those tiny individual loaves for baking.
    I’ve even iced the loaves with cream cheese frosting.
    This is a great recipe and yes, it makes the house smell wonderful!

  2. IT is legal to eat pumpkin bread in May isn’t it? I think I just might make it for brunch this week. Or maybe cranberry scones. You have so many yummy looking recipes–where to begin?


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