Cinnamon Crusted Pumpkin Bread
Cinnamon-crusted pumpkin bread is a delicious twist to a traditional pumpkin bread recipe! It makes me a wee bit wary when I shake up our tried and true pumpkin bread recipe. But no worries, as this Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe was a hit!
Why You Must Make
- Once fall arrives, it’s time to start baking with pumpkin! It would be excellent on Thanksgiving morning, too.
- This easy pumpkin bread recipe will make your house smell amazing.
- Plus, adding the extra cinnamon sugar topping gave it a delicious boost!
- This is a Quick Bread, meaning it uses baking powder, baking soda, or both instead of yeast as a leavening agent.
- PRO-Tip: Always use room temperature eggs for baking. They incorporate more easily into the batter. Just bring them out of the refrigerator about 2 hours before you want to start mixing. You can also place them in a bowl of hot tap water to speed the process along.
- PRO-Tip: Do not overmix or your bread will have tunnels instead of a nice even crumb. You can use a hand mixer, but once the flour and leavening are added, only mix on a very low speed. Or use a wooden spoon.
- PRO-Tip: Prep your pan well. There’s nothing worse than having your bread stuck in the pan. Use a flour and oil baking spray like Baker’s Joy and line the bottom with a rectangle of parchment paper.
- Cool for about 10 minutes on a cooling rack before removing the loaf from the pan. Any shorter than that and the crust doesn’t get a chance to solidify. Much longer and it could get stuck!
- Note: These pumpkin loaves bake up with a flat, crackled top, instead of the typical rounded top quick bread. This is normal for this recipe!
How to Make
If you’re new to making quick bread (also known as soda bread), which is bread made with baking soda and/or baking powder instead of yeast. The batter does not require proofing or resting time like a yeast dough. The procedure for any quick bread, like this pumpkin bread recipe, is generally very similar.
- First, beat or whisk together the liquid ingredients like the eggs, water, oil, and in this case, pumpkin.
- Next, whisk together all the dry ingredients like flour, sugar, baking soda, spices, and salt.
- Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Do not use a mixer or whisk vigorously.
- Overmixing or beating will over-activate the gluten and add air to the batter. This can result in tunnels throughout the loaf and small air pockets. When making muffins, over-mixing also causes them to bake up with peaked tops instead of rounded tops.
- Divide the batter into 2 prepped loaf pans filling 2/3-3/4 full. Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar.
- If you have any extra batter, put it in a greased ramekin or two for some muffins. Bake for about 20 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Using a toothpick is the best test. First, eye the cracks across the top and look for visible batter. Add more cooking time if you spot any. After 10-15 minutes, recheck. Repeat by adding more time if needed.
But before pulling the loaves from the oven, use a toothpick to test a few spots in each loaf. When the toothpick comes out clean, without any batter or moist crumbs, the bread is done.
Definitely! Pumpkin bread keeps well at room temperature for about 3 days and a little longer in the refrigerator. But you might like to freeze the second loaf for later.
Make sure the bread is cooled completely. Then place it in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag, remove any excess air and place it in the freezer. Alternatively, you can also wrap the loaves in plastic wrap, then foil to freeze.
Make sure to mark the date you freeze the bread on the bag.
Your pumpkin loaf will keep at least 3 months in the freezer. You can easily defrost the bread overnight in the refrigerator.
You May Also Like:
- Pumpkin Zucchini Bread from Spend with Pennies
- Classic Pumpkin Bread Recipe
- Mini Pumpkin Bread
- Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Bread
- Pumpkin Bread with Apples
- Best Pumpkin Bars
- Plus more of my Favorite Pumpkin Recipes
- More Easy Bread Recipes
Cinnamon Crusted Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Moist and delectable pumpkin bread with a yummy cinnamon sugar topping!
- 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup water
- 4 large eggs
- 3 1/3 cups flour
- 3 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350º. Grease two 8 x 5-inch loaf pans, line the bottom of the pans with parchment, then grease the top of the parchment. In a large bowl, beat together pumpkin, oil, water, and eggs until smooth.
- In another bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix slowly until combined.
- Mix together cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
- Pour into pans, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture, and bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 3g
42 Comments on “Cinnamon Crusted Pumpkin Bread”
Most of this recipe is great, but DO NOT add the salt!!!!! It’s too much and ruins the topping.
Yikes, Susan, I see that the directions are correct, but that the salt that should have been listed with the bread was listed with the topping. I apologize for that typo!! It’s been fixed.
I can’t believe I never commented on this bread! I’ve made it so many times! It’s DELICIOUS!
Thanks so much for your review, Jonathan! Making it again today…perfect Sunday baking project!
How do you store this so the top remains crunchy?
Due to the moistness of the loaf, it’s nearly impossible to keep the top crunchy. You could try slicing and freezing those slices you won’t eat the first day, but I’m not sure that is a sure fire solution either. If you’re planning to serve it to company, I’d recommend baking it on the day you plan to eat it. Wish I could be of more help.
Cinnamon Crusted Pumpkin Bread smelled, looked and tasted delicious! The cinnamon sugar, crusted top is unique and very tasteful and even a picky eater will want to try this! Thanks for this recipe, it taste like it looks, scrumptious!
Thanks so much for the review, Sandy! I’m so pleased you made this bread and even more thrilled that you enjoyed it. Hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving.
only you could bring pumpkin bread up a level!! love the cinnamon sugar topping!!!
That cinnamon crust is gorgeous! This pumpkin bread looks mad yummy. 🙂
By the way, I just started following you on twitter. 🙂
There is nothing about this recipe that I don’t love it sounds and looks delicious, and the cinnamon crust I bet was really, really good 🙂
You had me at “crusted.” Sold!
There are three pumpkins still on the front step that need roasted and pureed. I think a lot of the puree will be made into this bread. (I bet it freezes great…we will see…:)
I never had pumpkin bread until I was an adult. This looks wonderful and I especially love the cinnamon sugar topping!
This pumpkin bread looks absolutely gorgeous. The cinnamon crust on top?! LOVE it!
Isn’t it great fun to bake for college break? My son and his four best friends invaded our home in mid-October. It felt like Thanksgiving… hours in the kitchen, cooking, laughing, talking and eating. Then clean up just to start it over again. The college kids included my younger kids in the fun and we all wished it could go on a few more days.
As to the recipe, YUM!!!! It’s the first recipe to make my Thanksgiving board on Pinterest. 🙂
Liz, loving absolutely everything about this recipe and the whole post – your recipes with all those lovely, warm spices and the cinnamon sugar on top of the loaf sounds fantastic!
Nick has great taste just like his mom, this bread sounds amazing! I love that it is spiked with even more fall spices – would definitely enjoy a few slices of this for my breakfast too 🙂
Looks like an amazing pumpkin bread… hope you son enjoyed. 🙂
I’m sure I’d pick off most of the crust and I can imagine how great this smells.
I couldn’t wait to make this and I didn’t!
2 loaves ready for Saturday breakfast. Now…how many will still be there in the morning???
That’s funny that this was also your favorite treat. Nick has good taste! Fantastic loaf, Lizzy. My kids also adore pumpkin bread. Now I will make your lovely cinnamon crusted version. Thank you for being a part of #TwelveLoaves, Lizzy!