How to Make Pumpkin Bread

Nothing says fall like classic pumpkin bread. We're sharing our best pumpkin bread recipe including step-by-step instructions and kitchen-tested tips. Plus, we've got delicious twists like chocolate pumpkin bread and cream cheese pumpkin bread. Have leftover pumpkin bread? Try pumpkin bread truffles or French toast!

Classic Pumpkin Bread

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

Fall flavors, like cinnamon and nutmeg, fill this classic pumpkin bread recipe. We'll show you how to make perfect pumpkin bread, plus our kitchen-tested tip for cutting perfect slices. Get our recipe for Rasin-Nut Pumpkin Bread and other delicious variations! 

Get our pumpkin bread recipe.

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

measuring flour

You'll need the following ingredients for our pumpkin bread recipe:

  • sugar
  • cooking oil
  • eggs
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • water
  • canned pumpkin

Get ingredient amounts and the pumpkin bread recipe.

Step 2: Prepare Your Pan

greasing bread pan

Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of two 9x5x3-inch, three 8x4x2-inch, or four 7 1/2x3 1/2x2-inch loaf pans; set aside. We recommend using a pastry brush for maximum coating.

Step 3: Mix and Bake

pumpkin bread

In a very large mixing bowl beat sugar and oil with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add eggs one at a time and beat well; set aside. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients. Add dry mixture and water alternately to sugar mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Spoon batter into greased pans.

Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 55 to 65 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. 

Step 4: Slice and Serve

bread in plastic baggie

For perfect slices, wrap and store overnight before slicing. 

Get the complete pumpkin bread recipe, including the Raisin Nut Pumpkin Bread variation! 

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