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!
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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.
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Pumpkin Spice Bread {A Pretty Life}
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Pumpkin Spice Bread


  • 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. Whisk together the first set of ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
  2. In a measuring cup stir together milk & vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In a mixer, cream butter. Then add sugars and mix until creamy.
  4. Add eggs to the butter/sugar mix, adding one egg at a time.
  5. Then add the pumpkin puree to the egg/butter/sugar mix. Combine.
  6. Add the flour mix to the pumpkin mix in 3 parts, alternating with the milk mix in 2 parts.
  7. Fold in raisins.
  8. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 1 hour. (an inserted toothpick in the centre, should come out clean.

Adapted from the Joy of Cooking

  • 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}
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Pumpkin power people!

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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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