As Fall approaches, it’s time to get out the pumpkin. This simple pumpkin bread recipe will hit the spot. It’s a quick bread you can make and enjoy with minimal effort and maximum reward.
Each slice of fresh, hot pumpkin bread can be served with a pat of butter or a little drizzle of honey or eaten on its own. It can be served as a breakfast, snack, or even as a treat after a meal.
Why This Recipe
My super simple pumpkin bread recipe is a moist, flavorful treat perfect for breakfast or any time a quick bread fits into your day.
It’s the perfect dessert for chilly Fall days and tastes amazing even though it’s crazy easy to make.
The crumb streusel topping adds the perfect crunch on top.
This recipe has a lovely topping that just elevates the bread and makes it special.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Baking Soda. Used with baking powder for leavening.
Baking Powder. Used for leavening.
Cinnamon. My favorite is Saigon cinnamon.
Nutmeg. Use freshly ground or jarred nutmeg. Either will work.
Cloves. A tiny bit of this spice goes a long way.
All Spice. If what you have in your cabinet is from last year, it’s time to replace these spices. They only have a six-month shelf life.
Pumpkin Puree. You can use freshly pureed pumpkin or canned pumpkin.
How to Make Pumpkin Bread
Making quick bread is as easy as prepping the pan, mixing the ingredients, and baking until the bread is done. That’s what makes this a simple pumpkin bread recipe! For this recipe, I recommend mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately. The pumpkin and water are added at the end.
- Grease and flour a loaf pan. Preheat the oven to 350º.Beat the eggs, sugar, and oil in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the dry ingredients (flour, soda, powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and salt).
- Add this mixture to the egg mixture gradually and blend well.
- Add pumpkin.
- Add water and combine well.
- Pour into the prepared loaf pan.
- Add streusel topping (see below)
- Bake at 350° F for 60 – 70 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool some before slicing so the bread doesn’t crumble.
How to Make the Streusel Topping
- Brown Sugar.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice.
- Cold Butter. Cut into chunks
- Cut butter into tiny pieces.
- Add remaining topping ingredients and mix together with a fork or pastry cutter until crumbly.
- Add topping to the top of the pumpkin batter.
- Bake, as directed until a toothpick, comes out clean
Simple Pumpkin Bread
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup pumpkin
- 1/3 cups water
Pumpkin Bread Topping
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons cold butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Grease and flour a loaf pan. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs sugar, and oil.
- In a second bowl, add dry ingredients (flour, soda, powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and salt).
- Add dry ingredient mixture to egg mixture gradually and blend well.
- Add pumpkin and water.
- Pour into a prepared baking loaf pan.
- Prepare and add streusel topping
- Bake at 350° F for 60 - 70 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool before slicing.
Time Saving Tips
If you have a pie pumpkin you’d like to use for making bread, you’ll first need to puree it. To do this, you should cook the pumpkin. You have several options.
- The easiest is to use a pressure cooker and put the pumpkin in it on high for about twenty minutes with half a cup of water. Then release the pressure, remove the pumpkin. Cut it in half and remove the seeds. Then remove the flesh and use a stick blender or mixer to puree the flesh.
- Alternatively, you can use an oven or microwave to cook the pumpkin.
- You can peel the pumpkin, dice it up and boil the pieces for twenty minutes, draining off the water before you puree the pumpkin. Cans are easier, but not necessarily 100% pumpkin.
- You can add a couple of tablespoons of chopped pecans to the topping for a fun variation.
Can I use real pumpkin to make pumpkin bread?
Yes. See the information under timeless tips for instructions.
Do I have to include the streusel?
No. It is technically optional but adds a lovely crunch.
What is All Spice?
Allspice is the dried, unripe berry of a tree found in Jamaica. The berries are ground and used as a spice. You can find it in the spice section of your grocery store along with cloves and nutmeg. It is not a spice blend as the name might imply.
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