Pumpkin Bread

As my recent posts will contest there are two things you can know for certain. I love pumpkin and I love finding new recipes to mingle with my old. Recently I made an old favorite of mine for Grumpy and his daddy to take on a hunting trip with them.

As the aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger waft through the house it makes me feel some comfort. Baking or even cooking is a way for me to relax. It doesn’t matter if the sun is shining or the rain is falling. As long as I am cozy and warm in my home filled with spicy aromas I am happy.

The original recipe calls for a whole cup of oil and 2/3 cup of water. When I made this the very first time I forgot the water. It didn’t make a bit of difference and I loved the way the bread turned out so much that I don’t bother to add it when I do make it. I use only 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup applesauce instead of a whole cup of oil. It also called for 3 cups of sugar but I used 2 cups granulated sugar and 1/2 cup loosely packed Spenda Brown Sugar Blend.

Pumpkin Bread
adapted from Allrecipes.com

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 loaf pans.

In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


  1. says

    Oh, that looks divine! It’s cold this morning. I’d like two pieces of this toasted, please, with as much butter as they can hold.

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  2. says

    Pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins for the weekend. You have created quite a dilemma for me. You know I’m a Libra and have a hard time with decisions. LOL

  3. says

    We are thinking alike again!! Im making pumpkin bread today too and a few people asked me to post my recipe. I have used it for years and it’s still my favorite. Your bread recipe looks so good. I love the applesauce addition. My recipe has 3 cups of sugar too.

  4. says

    That looks wonderful! I love the smell of pumpkin baked goods in the oven. I just made some pumpkin apple muffins yesterday that were fantastic, and they smelled just the way you described. Yay for pumpkin and fall comfort baking!

  5. says

    What is it about the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger that just makes me want to stay at home, read a book, and just putter around? This recipe looks delicious!

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