Classic pumpkin bread full of rich pumpkin flavor and warm spices. It's sweet, fresh, and will be the best pumpkin bread you've ever had.
Pumpkin bread recipe with canned pumpkin
I love it so much and make every single fall. I get rave reviews from everyone who tries it so it was obvious that I should share the recipe with you.
The thing that makes my pumpkin bread stand out is how incredibly moist it is.
And each slice is loaded with sweet pumpkin flavor and hints of warm spices.
There is a small amount of oil and butter in this bread. That along with pumpkin puree, buttermilk, and eggs yield a bread that is far from dry.
It's just as tasty as my best ever banana bread!
Moist pumpkin bread
I find that a moist pumpkin bread needs oil to maintain the perfect amount of tenderness. And butter is a necessary ingredient for rich flavor.
To complement the canned pumpkin, I added in ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
These spices give the bread a wonderful aroma. So fitting for fall.
This pumpkin bread is super simple and requires just two bowls, a whisk, and a spatula.
You don't even need to use an electric mixer. It can easily be whipped up my hand!
This recipe is a great base for all sorts of add-ins. Try adding in walnuts, chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, caramel, chopped candy bars…
The options are endless.
Turn pumpkin bread into muffins
After making this bread, you'll most likely want to make muffins so you can carry them to the office and share it with your coworkers.
And you're in luck since this batter easily converts into muffins!
Line a muffin tin with paper liners and fill each cup 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 350°F for 18-20 minutes.
Common questions about this homemade pumpkin bread
Can I use fresh pumpkin?
Certainly! Choose a sugar pumpkin, butternut squash, or kabocha. Roast it, purée it, and add it to the recipe.
Can I use all butter or all oil?
You sure can. I like both because you get buttery flavor and moisture but feel free to use either or.
Can I use pumpkin pie spice?
I don't see why not! Use whatever spices you prefer to create your own favorite bread.
Tips for making pumpkin bread
- Don't skip the step where you blot the pumpkin puree! The puree contains a lot of moisture that will make the bread gummy. The paper towel will absorb a lot of the excess moisture so the bread bakes properly.
- Bake the bread on the lower-third rack. This is the rack just below the center of the oven.
- Try adding chocolate chips, chopped pecans, or dried cranberries for added flavor. Just fold them in at the very end before transferring the batter to a loaf pan.
More pumpkin recipes you'll love
- Everyone's Favorite Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze
- Pumpkin Jam
- Pumpkin Cheesecake