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Pumpkin Spice Bread

Pumpkin Spice Bread is a classic fall recipe! This no-fail, moist and spicy cake is delicious for snacking or as dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

It doesn’t feel like fall over here until I’ve baked one of these Pumpkin Spice Breads, it’s a fall tradition!  This loaf is definitely one of our family favourites.

Pumpkin is one of my most favourite ingredients to cook and bake with in the fall.  I know it’s cliche to put pumpkin in all. the. things.  But truly, it’s SO delicious in so many recipes…from soups to oatmeals, to bread puddings, french toast bakes, cookies and cakes.  Not to mention pies. High five to pumpkin!

Pumpkin Spice Bread

A classic fall recipe you need to make!

And of course, you can’t forget about a Pumpkin Spice Loaf!  This bread is great at breakfast, as a snack or even for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. It’s so delicious and versatile!

Pumpkin Spice Bread

Raisins or No Raisins?

Now let’s talk raisins for a second.  Are you in the raisin or no raisin camp?  Our house is divided on this issue, but Mom and Dad always win so there are raisins in our loaves.  It’s just not the same without them!  What is it about raisins that people dislike so much?!  😉

Pumpkin Spice Bread

So if you’re looking for the perfect fall treat, this Pumpkin Spice Bread is it.

Pumpkin Spice Bread

Pumpkin Spice Bread

Pumpkin Spice Loaf Recipe Tips:

  • Pan Size:  I use a standard loaf pan (1 lb. Pan: 8″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ high)
  • Line your pan with parchment or wax paper so you can easily remove it from the pan.
  • Allow the loaf to rest for at least 1 hour before eating it.
  • Pumpkin Substitute:  You can use 1 cup of pureed butternut squash instead of pumpkin.
  • Feel free to add nuts (like walnuts or pecans), or raisins to this loaf.
  • This bread is amazing on its own, or with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipping cream!
  • This loaf freezes well.

Pumpkin Spice Bread

Pumpkin Spice Bread

This is a no-fail, moist and spicy cake.  And you must add raisins.  Yum.– – – –


Pumpkin Spice Bread

This Pumpkin Spice Bread is a classic fall recipe!  It’s sweet, spicy and so tender.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 6 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup raisins (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
  4. In a measuring cup stir together the milk and vanilla. Set aside.
  5. In a mixer cream the butter. Then add sugars and mix until creamy.
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter/sugar mix.
  7. Then add the pumpkin puree to the egg/butter/sugar mix. Combine.
  8. Add the flour mix to the pumpkin mix in 3 parts, alternating with the milk mix in 2 parts.
  9. Fold in the raisins.
  10. Bake for about 1 1/4 hours. (when it’s done, a toothpick inserted into the centre should come out clean)

Keywords: pumpkin bread, pumpkin loaf, pumpkin recipe, recipe

Adapted from the Joy of Cooking

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Pumpkin Spice Bread {A Pretty Life}

Pumpkin Spice Bread {A Pretty Life}

NOTE:  This post was originally published in 2011, and I have recently updated it with new photos. I did adjust the baking time to 1 1/4 hours (it used to be one hour), as I found after baking quite a few more loaves, that they needed more time to bake than one hour.  But it’s the same great recipe with a little longer baking time, and new images.  Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    E @ Act Fast Chef
    September 23, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Oh gosh! I am addicted to pumpkin. This looks so good. Thank you so much for posting this!

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    September 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    I also love pumpkin. I will try this recipe at the first opportunity..

    Happy Weekend…

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    Pretend Chef
    September 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Oh my! I love pumpkin treats. This bread looks so delicious. I would love to give this recipe a try.

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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    September 23, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Huge pumpkin fan. Great recipe! I am so excited to see all the yummy recipes and fun crafts you have lined up for fall! No pressure though 😉

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    Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com
    September 23, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    I just made some pumpkin scones last night and will be posting the recipe soon! I have more pumpkin leftover so I should try this bread!!

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    September 23, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Hi! I got here today from Ilaria´s blog and I fell in love with your blog.
    Love your pics, your DIY projects and your yummy recipes!
    Greetings from the south of Argentina 🙂

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    September 24, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    Your loaf is gorgeous! Beautiful photos!

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    {av} | {long distance loving}
    September 25, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    My husband is going to be thrilled when I make this for him 🙂 thanks for passing along the recipe…I just hope mine looks half as good as yours! xoxo {av]

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    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos
    October 1, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    Thank you for sharing this at our Seasonal Inspiration party! Your pictures are beautiful. Hope to see you again soon!

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    Tiffany @ Eat at Home
    October 5, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    I love raisins in breads like this.

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    October 31, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    My Goodness!
    I love this recipe so much that I have done it twice this week.To me it’s the best pumkin spice bread I’ve ever done.And I have done tons of them.

    So thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Best wishes from Germany

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