Original Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Original Fall Pumpkin Bread RecipeOnce upon a time, a long long time ago, there lived a delicious treat called pumpkin bread. Every Thanksgiving, pumpkin bread would made its annual appearance. It’s arrival would fill our house with delicious smells of cinnamon and nutmeg to alert us of its presence. The craftiest of us may have snuck some before Thursday’s feast (especially if the middle was gooey).

This pumpkin bread recipe has been a central part of my family’s Thanksgiving meal for as long as I can remember. It is the most delicious pumpkin dish I’ve ever eaten, and I look forward to it every year (thank you, Mom!).

With the recent explosion of pumpkin scones, cookies, coffee, lattes, doughnuts, bagels, cream cheese, ice cream, cheesecake, yogurt, and every other pumpkin flavored everything that popped up as early as August this year, I’ve been feeling a little pumpkined out.

Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to slowly savoring my Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte on a cool fall day each year. However, I only splurge on a couple each season to keep the experience special… and because they cost a pretty penny.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, another reason pumpkins have a very special place in my heart. The carving kind. I look forward to picking out a pumpkin and roasting the seeds every year. Nine years ago, on one of my first dates with my husband, he surprised me with pumpkins to carve at his house. I knew then it was love.

So at least for me, October equals jack-o’-lanterns and November (not August) equals pumpkin bread. This recipe is the original pumpkin delicacy. It’s a classic. It’s my favorite. It’s worth the wait. I that hope you will love it, too!

Original Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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Dry Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
3 cups sugar

Wet Ingredients:
1 cup oil
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
1 can pumpkin

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two bread pans.
  2. Sift together all of the dry ingredients.
  3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add all the remaining items.
  4. Mix until smooth.
  5. Pour batter into two greased and floured bread pans.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 75 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Delicious classic pumpkin muffin recipe.

This recipe is also excellent in muffin form. I discovered this little fact after making a full batch and then realizing I only had one bread pan. For delicious pumpkin muffins, grease and flour a muffin tin or line them with baking cups, then bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. The full recipe will make about 24 muffins.

As a new mom, I recently learned that if I’m going to make the effort to bake, I’m going make a double or triple batch so that it will last a while. Luckily, this recipe freezes really well. Once the bread is cool, wrap the loaves in tin foil or put muffins into ziplock bags, and then freeze. To defrost, pull the pumpkin bread out a few hours before you need them or the night before. To reheat, warm the bread in the oven at 200 degrees.

What do you look forward to every fall?

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30 thoughts on “Original Pumpkin Bread Recipe

  1. Julie @ Girl on the Move

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! I love making bread at home…especially during the fall and winter!
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  2. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    Ooooh, this sounds and looks so great! I will definitely have to give this a try. My hubby loves all things pumpkin, so I’m sure he would go crazy over this.

    I agree with making a double or triple batch. I do that all the time.

    Thanks for sharing this treasured recipe Farrah!
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  3. Joanna Clute @ Motherhood and Merlot

    Yum! I cannot wait to share this in the round up:)
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  4. Katie @ Pick Any Two

    YUM! Can’t wait to try this recipe! And I completely agree about baking a double or triple batch—that’s a must for us busy moms! Glad to hear this recipe freezes well.

    Thanks for linking up with the #SHINEbloghop!
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  5. Tammi

    My family loves pumpkin bread. Your recipe looks delicious. I like to throw chocolate chips in sometimes too.
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  6. Katie Haydock

    This sounds like a wonderful treat! I might have to try some for Halloween this year, sadly we are in the UK so no Thanksgiving for us.
    How would I make this with fresh pumpkin? No canned available over here xx
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    1. farrahudell Post author

      I would love to hear how it tastes with fresh pumpkin! The canned stuff is 100% pumpkin, so I would guess that an equal switch would work. A can is 15oz/425g, or about 1.75 cups of pumpkin.

  7. Tiffany

    I love Pumpkin Bread and can’t wait to grab some from Starbucks or when my friends make it. Maybe this year I will make some of my own Thanks for sharing!
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  8. Casey

    Yummy! This looks similar to my fave pumpkin banana bread but since i never seem to have leftover bananas, I am going to try this! And BRILLIANT idea about freezing extra loaves!
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    1. farrahudell Post author

      I just made banana bread for the first time this year and quickly discovered that I love it with chocolate chips. I’d love to try out your recipe! It definitely easier when the special ingredient comes in a can. It’s ready when I am!

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  10. Bethany

    This looks delicious and is perfect for this time of year. Thanks for sharing!! Congrats on your Sits Day too!!
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  11. Nikki

    Mmmmmm… Yum! I could totally go for one of those muffins right now. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!
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  12. Akaleistar

    The pumpkin bread looks so good! Happy SITS Day :)
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  13. Kirsten

    I love everything pumpkin and this recipe looks like no exception. I love that you can make it as muffins too. Happy SITS day!
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  14. Gude @HodgePodgeCraft

    Yum! Thanks for sharing your recipe at #Pintorials this week :)
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