Moist and flavorful pumpkin bread. This classic recipe is perfect for pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins.
*Sometimes things need a refresh. My favorite pumpkin bread was originally posted in 2010 with some painful-to-the-eyes photos. And while my photography skills have thankfully improved, the recipe, that I’ve loved ever since I was a kid, has not changed. My mom and I both make it every year! So here we are again with my very favorite pumpkin bread from childhood and some photos that I like to think are much easier on the eyes.*
In case you haven’t noticed, I have a sweet tooth:-) I always have room for dessert, but if you can make a side dish that tastes like a dessert, isn’t that even better? Combining that with the fact that pumpkin is one of my all time favorite dessert flavors, you can understand why I’d be a fan of pumpkin bread.
I’ve had lots of pumpkin muffins and breads, some are dry, some are too dense, and some just lack a true pumpkin flavor. This recipe, however, produces a light, moist and flavorful bread that also works for muffins.
This recipe is super easy. It is the one my mom has been making for years and she had gotten it from a friend of hers originally. You can do all of the stirring by hand so no mixer necessary.
First, take your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt) and whisk them in a large bowl.
Set that aside and combine your wet ingredients, pumpkin, oil, water and eggs. Then add your wet ingredients to the dry. Stir until well combined. Pour into your pans and bake until bread and muffin tops are rounded and a knife comes out clean.
The recipe is originally set to make 3 pumpkin bread loaves, however I wanted a little bit of variety and made muffins too. (Sidenote: an ice cream scoop makes the perfect transfer to muffin tins). Eat it as a side dish or for breakfast.
- 460g (~3½ cups) all-purpose flour
- 635g (3 cups) granulated sugar
- 10g (2 teaspoons) baking soda
- 7½g (1½ teaspoons) salt
- 4g (2 teaspoons) cinnamon
- 2g (1 teaspoon) nutmeg
- 425g (~1¾ cup) canned pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling
- 237 milliliters (1 cup) canola oil
- 160 milliliters (2/3 cup) water
- 220g (4 large) whole eggs
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Grease pans with non-stick cooking spray and/or line muffin tins with cup holders
- Whisk together dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a large bowl and set aside
- Combine wet ingredients (pumpkin through eggs)
- Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and mix well until combined
- Pour batter into baking pans
- Baking times for different forms:
- Loaves: 45 minutes to 1 hour
- Regular muffins: 18 to 25 minutes
- Mini muffins: 16 to 20 minutes
- Bake until bread and muffin tops are rounded and a knife comes out clean
- Cool pumpkin bread out of baking pans on wire rack
What is your favorite dessert-like side dish?
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I like the addition of the pump seeds! I love the surprising crunch!
I love how you added that little touch at the end!
Mmmm I love everything pumpkin…my problem is that I can’t stop after just one muffin…they are soooo good! I am going to attempt to veganize a recipe sometime this fall!!
i’d love to hear how that turns out! i guess you could probably try this version with flax eggs?
that looks absolutely lovely…craving for some right now:)
Lauren, I have SO much leftover pumpkin puree from making pancakes, and I’ve been needing a recipe just like this! This pumpkin bread, and muffins, look absolutely scrumptious! I love your blog and am so glad I found it. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.
So glad you like the blog, your comment is so nice:-) Let me know if you try the recipe!
What a good idea to make a combo of bread and muffins. Makes the recipe all the more versatile. I’m going to try this with the pepitas–love them. Last year I made a pumpkin bread with pine nuts. That was yummy, too.
They look perfect :)
I love pumpkin muffins and the addition of the pepitas makes them special! I bet they taste wonderful with the little bit of crunch :o)
Oh my gosh, it is so simple AND I have all the ingredients :)
I know what I’m doing today!
They certainly look delicious. Thanks for providing us with your favourite recipe!
great touch with pumpkin seeds on top! I also love quick breads – I tend to make one each weekend for lunches during the week.
I like the pumpkin seeds on them. The bread looks delish I just may have to give it a try!
My favorite dessert like side dish is my mom’s sweet potato souffle. And I will get to eat it in only a few short weeks at Thanksgiving!
sweet potato casserole with marshmallows is my very favorite thanksgiving dish!
Oh my gosh ,I could definitely see how this could quickly become a favorite!
Love the pumpkin seeds! They easily get overlooked during the pumpkin season.
Can’t wait to make these :)
using an ice cream scoop is such a good idea to fill a muffin pan! Why do I not do that?! haha thanks for the good tip!
I never had pumpkin muffin…I think it is time to try them…love the idea of the seeds…nice pictures as well :-)
i love pumpkin muffins! let me know what you think if you try them
Beautiful! I love eating stuff like this for breakfast because it keeps me nice and full and super satisfied :)
Looks great! I love how you added the seeds ontop of the muffins.
Yummmmyyy that looks delicious!!! Cannot wait to try it soon!
How cute! Mini muffins, muffins and a loaf! I love pumpkin bread.
Love pumpkin bread, muffins, etc, etc. I could eat anything pumpkin at any time of day!
ooooh i might just give this a go xxx
So much baked pumpkin goodness there! I love it! :)
I love pumpkin anything and this looks like a great recipe!
I love your pumpkin bread & muffins! They were delicious this weekend! Love, Leslie
As a non-pumpkin eater, these muffins were delicious! :)
Are you sure you didn’t secretly stuff this with crack? It looks that addictive!
Please don’t tell anyone!
Ahhh!! These look delicious! …all of these pumpkin recipes look so lovely! I could use some of those g.free muffins in my life right about now! :) Great post! I’m SO hyped for all the pumpkin-flavored things and “fall-y” treats to come out!! Can’t wait!!
Thank you so much, Cailee!
Oh wow! This is one of the most beautiful pumpkin breads I’ve seen! I love the photography!
Thank you so much!
I kind of love that you guys eat this as a SIDE DISH! That’s pretty much the best idea ever.