Grandma Wilhelm’s pumpkin bread is the perfect classic pumpkin bread. You can savor the flavors of fall without all of the fuss!
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Since it is October, it’s officially Pumpkin Spice Season! I knew that pumpkin spice treats are pretty abundant during this time of year, but I recently read this post about so many pumpkin spice goodies that I didn’t even know about! The Talenti Pumpkin Pie Gelato and Mrs. Thinster’s Cookie Thins are going on my list of items to try! Reading about all of those treats made me excited to make one of my very favorite pumpkin treats—Grandma Wilhelm’s pumpkin bread.
When my husband’s Grandma Wilhelm passed away several years ago, my mother-in-law so graciously passed along to me a couple of Grandma Wilhelm’s cookbooks and also a box chock-full of her handwritten recipes. I love reading through the recipes, which are a throwback to simpler times. Among the treasure trove of recipes was this gem, which has become a fall tradition in our home.
Now, I realize that there are a lot of decadent and complicated pumpkin spice recipes floating around the internet this time of year. And there is absolutely a time and a place for those show-stopping creations. But, if I’m honest, sometimes simplicity wins in my book.
Grandma Wilhelm’s pumpkin bread is very much a classic, no frills pumpkin bread, but it is such a treat! It is so tender and has the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. Warm up a slice for breakfast or enjoy it as an afternoon snack. You can also top it with some mascarpone whipped cream for an absolutely heavenly dessert with minimal effort (seriously, that cream takes things to a whole new level. Just trust me.). I’m all about keeping things simple and savoring the flavors of fall without a lot of fuss. Since this makes two loaves, you can gift one or save it for later by wrapping it well with plastic wrap and aluminum foil, then putting it in the freezer!