Pumpkin Spice Bread

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

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Pumpkin Spice Bread {A Pretty Life}

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Pumpkin is the epitome of fall!  And what a fabulous fruit it is!  What other kind of food is so delicious, so nutritious and so decorative!  High five to the pumpkin!

For us, fall just hasn’t started and isn’t complete without a pumpkin spice loaf!  I love this recipe (adapted from the Joy of Cooking).  It’s a no-fail, moist and spicy cake.  And you must add raisins.  Yum.

Pumpkin Spice Bread {A Pretty Life}
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Pumpkin Spice Bread

  • 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. Whisk together the first set of ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
  3. In a measuring cup stir together milk & vanilla. Set aside.
  4. In a mixer, cream butter. Then add sugars and mix until creamy.
  5. Add eggs to the butter/sugar mix, adding one egg at a time.
  6. Then add the pumpkin puree to the egg/butter/sugar mix. Combine.
  7. Add the flour mix to the pumpkin mix in 3 parts, alternating with the milk mix in 2 parts.
  8. Fold in raisins.
  9. Bake for about 1 hour. (an inserted toothpick in the centre, should come out clean.

Adapted from the Joy of Cooking

Pumpkin Spice Loaf Recipe Tips!

  • You can use 1 cup of pureed butternut squash instead of pumpkin!
  • Adding nuts or raisins boosts the nutrition punch of this loaf.
  • Line your pan with parchment or wax paper. It looks pretty, and the loaf slides right out of the pan.
  • This bread is amazing on its own, or with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipping cream!

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Pumpkin Spice Bread {A Pretty Life}

Have a delicious day!

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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!

  • Reply cafenoHut September 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

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

    Happy Weekend…

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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 😉

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply Mariana 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 🙂

  • Reply Sue September 24, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    Your loaf is gorgeous! Beautiful photos!

  • Reply {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]

  • Reply 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!

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

    I love raisins in breads like this.

  • Reply Apfelkern 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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