Bourbon Pumpkin Bread with Spice Swirl

This delicious pumpkin bread has a yummy surprise inside. Don't forget to drizzle this easy pumpkin recipe with bourbon icing!

Bourbon Pumpkin Bread with Spice Swirl
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 loaves (32 slices)


  • 3 ⅔ cup sugar

  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans

  • 2 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 3 ⅓ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • cup water

  • ¼ cup bourbon or water

  • 1 recipe Bourbon Icing (optional)

Bourbon Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon bourbon

  • 2 teaspoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms and 1/2 inch up sides of two 9x5-inch loaf pans. In a small bowl combine 2/3 cup of the sugar, pecans, and 1 1/2 tsp. of the pumpkin pie spice. In an extra-large bowl stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and remaining 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. Make a well in center of mixture.

  2. In a large bowl combine remaining 3 cups sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil, the water, and bourbon. Add all at once to flour mixture. Stir until combined. Spread half of the batter in prepared pans. Sprinkle with half of the nut mixture. Repeat with remaining batter and nut mixture.

  3. Bake 65 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean, covering loosely with foil the last 15 to 20 minutes if needed to prevent overbrowning. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans;* cool completely on wire racks. Wrap and store overnight. If desired, drizzle with Bourbon Icing before serving.

Bourbon Icing

  1. In a small bowl stir together powdered sugar, 1bourbon, and enough milk to drizzling consistency.


To remove bread from pan, loosen sides with a narrow metal spatula. Using hot pads, place a small baking sheet on top of bread and invert; remove pan. Invert a cooling rack over bread and invert again so top of bread is up.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

238 Calories
10g Fat
35g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 238
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 198mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 65mg 1%
Folate, total 29.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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