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Braided Pumpkin Bread

This delicious Braided Pumpkin Bread is easy to make, because you can make the dough in your bread machine!  It is perfect served alongside soups and stews!

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Hello friends!  How has your week been thus far?  I just got back from a blogging conference in Toronto, which I’ll share later, so I’ve been busy getting my house and blog organized.  Blogging conferences will do that to you…they always leave me feeling inspired and like I have a to-do list a million miles along.  So when I feel overwhelmed by my to-do list I hit the kitchen and bake and cook.  These moments in my kitchen allow me time to think and come up with plans, so that’s where I’ve been the last few days.  This is good for you too because this means that I have lots of new recipes to share!  So today, I’m going to share a bread recipe with you.  Don’t be afraid of making bread, especially if you have a bread machine.

And is there any better smell than that of baking bread?  Or any better eating experience than having a slice of freshly baked bread slathered in butter?  I think not.  I love bread.  I wish I didn’t love it so much, but I do.  One of my most favourites is this Braided Pumpkin Bread.  It is seriously delicious…moist and slightly sweet which makes it perfect served alongside soups and chili.

Braided Pumpkin Bread {A Pretty Life}

Anyway, here’s the recipe for Braided Pumpkin Bread.  If you have a bread machine it’s super easy to make.  All you have to do is use your bread machine to make the dough, then you shape it and bake the bread in your oven.  So easy and so delicious.  And don’t worry about making the bread look beautiful…I realize that mine isn’t perfectly braided, but it doesn’t matter, because you won’t notice how it looks as you’re stuffing it in your mouth.  Trust me.  😉


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Braided Pumpkin Bread


This recipe is meant to be made in a bread machine.




  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup canned fresh pumpkin (see notes)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup skim milk powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp water


  1. Measure all the bread ingredients in the order that they are listed, into the bread machine.
  2. Select the dough cycle.
  3. After the dough cycle has completed, remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and cover with a clean tea towel and let rest for 10 – 15 minutes.
  4. After this time, divide the dough into 3 portions.
  5. Roll each portion into a long rope, one inch thick.
  6. Then braid the 3 ropes, sealing each end by pinching the dough together.
  7. Place the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rest and rise in a warm place for 35 – 45 minutes, or until the bread has doubled in size.
  9. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  10. In the mean time, mix together the egg yolk and water.
  11. When the bread is done rising, brush the top of the bread with the egg mixture.
  12. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes. When the bread is done, it will sound hollow when you tap on it.


Tip! You can use any kind of mashed squash that you like. I have used butternut squash as well, and it’s delicious!

Recipe adapted from 300 Best Canadian Bread Machine Recipes

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I hope you try this recipe…you won’t be disappointed.  And I’m willing to bet you’ll even make it more than once.  It’s just too easy and delicious not too!

Braided Pumpkin Bread {A Pretty Life}

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With any dry left over bread, you can make this delicious Pumpkin Bread Pudding dessert!

Pumpkin Bread Pudding {A Pretty Life}

Have a delicious day my friends!


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  • Reply
    Janice @Kitchen Heals Soul
    September 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Gorgeous bread! And I think your braid looks perfect 😉

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    September 18, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    We have never eaten pumpkin bread before, it looks so wonderful, I can’t wait to try it.

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    Annette Pente
    October 11, 2016 at 6:33 AM

    can you make this without a bread machine? If so, how?

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      [email protected]
      October 11, 2016 at 9:30 PM

      Hi Annette! I’ve never made bread dough without a bread machine, so I’m not sure how to do it! One day I will learn!

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    Lisa Brown
    September 6, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    I made this recipe and it is just what I wanted. However, I did tweak the recipe a bit. I added 2 tsp of Pumpkin Spice. I also added a Brown Sugar Glaze with Chopped Pecans. The only thing I would change the next time I make it is to add a little more flour and cook it a few minutes longer. It came out moist but slightly undercooked. I can’t wait to make this for the Thanksgiving/Fall season.

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