Pumpkin Bread – A Fall Favorite

With the chill in the air and the leaves beginning to change colors and fall, I wanted to share one of my favorite autumn treats!!! It includes one of the most popular ingredients of fall, so it should pair perfectly with your PSL! This has been a tradition in the MRs family for years, especially around the holidays! It only took a season or two before I asked his parents for the recipe so I make it in our home every fall! (And sometimes in the spring…and summer too!)

They (and by they, I’m referring to my in-laws) first got this recipe from the MR and I’s alma mater, the University of Tennessee. I didn’t realize this while I was there, but apparently they would serve this in the dining halls! Had I know this existed at the buffets while I was in school, those freshman fifteen would have become the freshman 30!!

So without further ado, let’s break out the Kitchen Aide and preheat the oven to make some Pumpkin Bread!!!

For this recipe you will need:

1 ½ cups Granulated Sugar

½ cup Vegetable Oil

2 Eggs

½ can Mashed Pumpkin (1 lb. can)

1 ¾ cups Four

¾ tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1/3 tsp. Salt

2/3 tsp. Cloves

2/3 tsp. Nutmeg

2/3 tsp. Allspice

¾ tsp. Cinnamon

½ tsp. Vanilla Flavoring

1/3 cup Water

***Please note, the above ingredients will yield two 9×5 loaves. I like to double the recipe so that I am able to use the entire can of Pumpkin, which gives me four 9×5 loaves. ***

All of the ingredients needed for Pumpkin Bread.

All of the ingredients needed for Pumpkin Bread.

To start gather your ingredients and preheat your oven to 350* F.

Combine your sugar, oil pumpkin and eggs in a large bowl. Mix on medium/high until well blended. As you see, I like to use my Kitchen Aide stand mixer! (I have a slight addition with this piece of equipment in my kitchen, and look for ANY excuse to use it!) However, if you don’t have a stand mixer, this can easily be done with a handheld mixer. That is how I prepared this recipe for many years before we were gifted our Kitchen Aide when we got married last year!

To start, add your pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs to a large bowl for mixing.

To start, add your pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs to a large bowl for mixing.

Mix on a medium/low speed for a few minutes until everything is well blended.

Mix on a medium/low speed for a few minutes until everything is well blended.

Once your wet ingredients are well blended it is time to add the dry ingredients. Slow the speed of your mixer (or stop it completely, especially if you’re using a hand mixer) and add your flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Return your mixer to medium speed and mix until well blended.

Add the remainder of your dry ingredients to your mixing bowl.

Add the remainder of your dry ingredients to your mixing bowl.

Mix on medium/low until well blended.  (My bowl was getting pretty full at this point, so I chose to put the splash guard on to avoid any large messes!)

Mix on medium/low until well blended. (My bowl was getting pretty full at this point, so I chose to put the splash guard on to avoid any large messes!)

Once combined add your vanilla and water and mix on low until the batter is well blended and smooth.

To finish, add your water and vanilla extract.  (I added mine to the water when I was measuring out everything before I started so that I could pour it all in one step!)

To finish, add your water and vanilla extract. (I added mine to the water when I was measuring out everything before I started so that I could pour it all in one step!)

Blend on LOW until the batter reaches an evenly smooth consistency.

Blend on LOW until the batter is well blended and smooth.

Grease your bread pans. I like to use the disposable kind from the dollar store. It makes cleanup so much easier, and when gifting to friends and neighbors around the holiday they are ready to go and I’m not worried about getting my pan back!  Slowly pour your batter into the pans, distributing it as evenly as possible. Once your oven is ready (and it should be by this point if you started preheating at the beginning of the recipe) place your pans on the middle rack and bake at 350* F for one hour. When I bake four loaves, I will typically stagger them on the rack and at about 40 minutes I will rotate them.

Grease your bread pans so that the loaves will release easily.

Grease your bread pans so that the loaves will release easily.

Slowly pour the batter into the pans trying to distribute as evenly as possible.

Slowly pour the batter into the pans trying to distribute as evenly as possible.

Once the oven is preheated and ready, place on middle rack.  When making four loaves, I like to stagger mine in the oven so that they will cook more evenly.

Once the oven is preheated and ready, place on middle rack. When making four loaves, I like to stagger mine in the oven so that they will cook more evenly.

I will typically rotate them about 3/4 of the way through moving the back ones to the front and vice versa.

I will typically rotate them about 3/4 of the way through moving the back ones to the front and vice versa.

When they are done baking, remove from oven and place on a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely.

Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing!

Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing!

Once cool, it is time to slice and enjoy!!! In our house we like to spread a little margarine on and toss it in the microwave just long enough to melt the margarine!  All I can say is yum!!!

When cooled, grab a couple slices and enjoy.  We like spreading a little margarine on and warming in the microwave just a bit!

When cooled, grab a couple slices and enjoy. We like spreading a little margarine on and warming in the microwave just a bit!

Are there any fall treats or traditions your family has?

Be sure to share in the comments!!!

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7 thoughts on “Pumpkin Bread – A Fall Favorite

  1. I just made this and it is so yummy! I am thinking of making a little cream cheese frosting for the top, if I don’t eat it all first!

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