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World's Best Pumpkin Bread

User Rating 4 Star Rating (10 Reviews)


Fresh baked pumpkin bread
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I get asked all of the time, "is it time for pumpkin bread yet?" Of course, in the United States, we generally only eat pumpkin in the fall. What most people don't realize is that canned pumpkin is usually carried in their grocery stores year-round.

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Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: Two Loaves or 24 Muffins


  • 4 eggs
  • 2-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 - 15 ounce can solid pack pumpkin
  • ----
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2-3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon*
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg*
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice*
  • ----
  • 1 cup chopped raw nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc), lightly toasted
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins**
  • ----
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease two loaf pans or 24 muffin cups. Combine the eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin in a large bowl, and stir until smooth.

In a medium bowl, mix the second set of ingredients with a wire whisk. Add the nuts and raisins**. Add to the egg mixture and mix thoroughly. Fill the loaf pans or muffin cups with the batter.

Mix the last 2 ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle over bread loaves or muffin batter.

Bake the bread at 375 degrees F for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or the muffins for 35 to 40 minutes. When the bread is done, a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean.

Yields 2 loaves or 24 muffins.***

* You may substitute 4 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice for the starred ingredients. Be sure to note that you still need cinnamon for the topping.
** I don't care for raisins so I add 1/3 cup more nuts instead.
***I've only made the loaves of bread so I don't know if this makes 24 small or large muffins. If you prefer large muffins: fill the cups just to the top with batter. If you have any empty muffins cups, fill half full with water.

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User Reviews

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 4 out of 5
Rave reviews from friends, Member dsyfert

I made 12 loaves to give to neighbors. Followed the recipe exactly. Learned that 1 hour 10 minutes baking is WAY too long. The bread was done in 55 mins. Also, the sugar mixture burns. I found that if I start the baking without the sugar, then add the sugar topping about 20 minutes in, it doesn't burn and makes a nice lightly crisp crust. Everyone has asked for the recipe! Great holiday bread to make.

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