Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pumpkin Bread

One of my favorite treats to make all year long, but particularly in autumn, is pumpkin bread. A few people have asked me for the recipe lately, so I thought I'd share it here today for "Foodie Friday" so that it can also be easily accessible to my family and friends. This pumpkin bread is sweet and cake like in flavor and texture, yet, because it contains pumpkin, it is high in fiber and a good source of vitamin A and vitamin B, potassium , protein and iron. It's a healthy, guilt free treat!

Pumpkin Bread


1 & 2/3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup shortening or softened butter
1 & 1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup mashed cooked pumpkin or one 15 or 16 ounce canned pumpkin
1/3 cup water
chopped walnuts or pecans, optional


Sift together flour and next five ingredients in one bowl.
Cream together shortening, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl
Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until fluffy
Stir in pumpkin to wet mixture
Alternately add the flour mixture and the water to the wet mixture until just blended.
Add chopped nuts if desired

Pour into a well greased loaf pan ( 9 x5 x2 3/4 inches)
Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until cake tester inserted into center comes out clean.

Cool on rack.

I used a mini loave pan, as you can see in the photos, and you can also use a cupcake pan -- just adjust the time to be much less, approximately 20 minutes. Again, a cake tester inserted into the center should come out clean.

They are moist and delicious! Perfect as a breakfast treat or mid afternoon snack. I dusted the mini loaves with a little powdered sugar, and if you make them as a cupcake you can frost them with a sweet cream cheese frosting for a wonderful flavor combination.

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Anonymous said...

I have already thawed some pumpkin I froze last fall, so this will be sitting beside the coffee pot tomorrow morning. Great timing!
When I had my hair cut today the woman ahead of me said she watches The Today Show just to get glimpses of NYC because her daughter lives there now. I said, "Do I have a site for you!"
I've already e-mailed her your blog address. :) I know she'll love it!

Jenny said...

Oh boy. This looks delicious! Looks like it would be super-moist. I might even have all the ingredients in the cupboard! Thanks!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Wow, Pat! Doesn't that look delicious! You never fail to cook up some outstanding food over here. I love to visit and see what's in your oven, and this does not disappoint. Honestly, you all might just make a decent cook out of me yet with things like pumpkin bread. YUM!


Sheila :-)

jeanne said...

Hi Pat, thank you so much for your visits and birthday wishes. yes it is wonderful to have my sisters nearby. I have one sister that still lives in Atlanta. Not too far away.

Your pumpkin bread is very like my recipe. A delicious treat. I heard that pumpkin will be hard to buy in the stores this year. On Tuesday I was looking for some and couldn't find one can.

I read your previous post and your history lesson is wonderful as always. the bull mosaic or collage is awesome. A lot of power there! I honestly am surprised at how many historical acts in the forming of our country's freedom started in NY. And I thought I knew our history. Not. that old iron fence is amazing considering it's age.

Today I posted an acorn squash recipe for tomorrow. W e had it for dinner and loved it. I have company again or should I say still. Mu cousin left on Sun and my sister-in-law and her hubby arrived yesterday. Each staying for 10 days. Lots of cooking going on here. Very little time for my computer. sigh.

Have a great week, hugs...Jeanne

Michelle said...

I love pumpkin anything but I try to save it for just this time of year so that it's special.

Gorgeous loaves!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Is it still considered "guilt-free" if one eats the whole thing??! Pumpkin Bread is one of my favourites. It's so hard to stop at one slice.

RNSANE said...

Pat, I think I smelled that wonderful pumpkin bread baking. I will have to make some of that, along with my pumpkin fudge. Nothing like an overdose of calories!

Nancy Jane said...

So glad to hear that someone else enjoys pumpkin year round. I sort of always figured there was a nutritional benefit in there somewhere, but was really happy to see your analysis. Bring on the pumpkin bread!

Martha said...

Your bread looks good -- love the sprinkle! I did the same -- but October is pumpkin month!

~Cheryl said...

Thanks for the recipe! I hope to try it soon. YUM!

Alea said...

I love the idea of making mini pumpkin loafs! I will have to make this for my children this weekend for breakfast. It is sure to be a hit!

Really Rainey said...

I love the color of your loafs too! That would make great gifts for the neighbors this year...
Thanks for posting your recipe...

Have a wonderful week end!
~Really Rainey~

Anonymous said...

I almost always make pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving dinner!! It is so cakelike without the guilt!!! :-)
Have a Great Weekend!

Anonymous said...

I was planning on making pumpkin bread this weekend, I can't believe I haven't made it already. I will try your recipe as I like the idea of BUTTER in it instead of oil ;-) The dusting of powdered sugar looks great too!!!

Tracy said...

Oooo...sooo good, Pat! I just love pumpking... and anything with pumpkin taste. I can't wait to make some pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie soon... Just thrill to the flavors of this season! Today I posted about my apple cake... Stop on by if you need some extra dessert...LOL! Happy Weekend, my friend :o) ((HUGS))

Gracie said...

It's a must for my forever lack of iron so! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Junie Moon said...

Wonderful recipe! My sister and her husband always come to my house on Halloween night. I was trying to plan my menu just last night and will definitely add your recipe to it. Thank you for sharing it.

I know that NY has exquisite Christmas decorations and all the associated festivities, but does it also have special Halloween features? I've always been curious about how NY celebrates Halloween.

Beverly said...

Yum! We love pumpkin bread. And, I always add in chopped pecans.

I like the idea of using my muffin pan. I think I'll make some this weekend.

Happy@Home said...

Mmmm... looks yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

ARLENE said...

They look delicious...and the cream cheese frosting sounds like a wonderful topping. Your house must have smelled wonderful!

Mary said...

Those petite cakes look so good. I love your recipe and will give it a try really soon.

Willow said...

Oh, those mini pumpkin loaves look delicious! Pumpkin is one of my fave flavors, so I must try these!

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Thanks, I'll try that recipe; I love anything pumpkin. Because I'm the only one around here who likes it, I don't bake with pumpkin often, just once in a while as a special treat to myself.

Karen said...

I really like pumpkin bread too and make it every year. My recipe came from the grandmother of a friend. I like mine because it makes 3 loaves at once! I also make mini loaves and give them away to friends and neighbors around the holidays.
Enjoy eating your delicious looking pumpkin bread.

heartnsoulcooking said...

I love the mini bread pans. I love to make pumpkin bread this time of year.

Joyce said...

Total comfort food on a crisp Autumn day. I posted a recipe for Ppumpkin Bread yesterday. I have baked so many already to share with friends and neighbors that I have over dosed on them for the rest of the season:)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Those mini loaves are too cute. Will have to break out the pumpkin soon.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I can almost smell it. I love the idea of the mini pans, single serve loaves. Thanks!


Linda Lou said...

Anything pumpkin is great in my book, I made chocolate chip pumpkin cookies a few weeks ago, not bad, this sounds really good and easy!

The Fajdich Times said...

Thanks for stopping by. Love your pumpkin bread! Hope to see you soon:)

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Thanks for the recipe. I'm anxious to try it!

Sue said...

I was lucky enough to get a loaf of Flour Power Joyce's pumpkin bread last week along with her pumpkin whoopie pies.....My gosh they were delicious....she's tryin to ruin my diet!! I love you Joyce anyway.....

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I'm (pathetically?!) planning on making pumpkin biscuits for my DOG tomorrow! I found a recipe on another blog and have wanted to give it a's supposed to be good for their digestion. I suppose that means it's good for us, too, so pass the pumpkin bread! :-)

Although against my better judgment, I also picked up a pre-made (THE HORROR! :-) spelt flour crust on sale at my local organic store tonight, so I'm thinking of making a pie tomorrow, too. I'm curious how this pre-made crust stacks up.

Have a great weekend! xo, Laura

Michelle said...

Yummy! My mouth is watering!

I wanted to make pumpkin bread but didn't have all the ingredients, so I made Starbuck's banana bread ~ very good indeed!

Have a wonderful weekend..


Martha said...

Yummy, thanks so much for your delish recipe, I so need to make this.

Camille said...

I LOVE pumpkin! This pumpkin bread looks so yummy!!! And, I love the mini-loaves, but they are easy to eat in a couple bites.

Just a little something from Judy said...

I am going to copy this right now. Oh, how I wish it was sitting on my kitchen counter at this moment. I would curl up on my sofa, with a hot cup of coffee and a slice of this delicious looking bread. How kind of you to share the recipe. It has all the ingredients that I like, and I cannot wait to make it.

Kathleen said...

I missed this last Fri.
I love pumpkin bread!
I did catering part time when my dh first got sick, and I must have made 100's! But they are wonderful to have on hand, stay so nice and moist, and so good with a "schmear" of cream cheese! I don't know if I spelled that right, a NY word..:)
Thanks for sharing your recipe.