This old-fashioned pumpkin bread is the perfect classic pumpkin spice treat. You can savor the flavors of fall without all of the fuss!
You’re going to love this delicious and super easy pumpkin bread–Grandma’s recipe will NOT disappoint!
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Sifting through each handwritten recipe transports me to a different, more simple era in time. Each note card spotted with grease and flour dust bears witness to a lifestyle of using one’s hands to lovingly prepare food.
It’s a brief glimpse into the history of family, seeing the dishes that were shared around the table and the recipes that were passed between friends.
It’s a collection of memories, really.
My husband’s Grandma Wilhelm was such a special lady. I only knew her for a short while before she passed away, but she left a lasting impression on me in that brief time. She was kind, gracious, and revered by her family.
After her passing, my mother-in-law, who knows how much I enjoy baking and cooking, gifted me a couple of Grandma Wilhelm’s cookbooks and also a recipe box chock-full of her handwritten recipes.
I could spend hours reading through each and every one.
Among the curated treasure trove of recipes was this gem for pumpkin bread, which has become a fall tradition in our own home now.
More Pumpkin Recipes You’ll Love:
- Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
- Easy Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler
- Pumpkin Cupcakes
- Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Why this is the Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe
This heavenly 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.
Plus, it’s super versatile! 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 delightful dessert with minimal effort (seriously, that cream takes things to a whole new level. Just trust me.).
When you’re all about keeping things simple and savoring the flavors of fall without a lot of fuss, this pumpkin bread fits the bill superbly.
As a bonus, since this recipe makes two loaves, you can give one away to brighten someone’s day, or save it for later.
It freezes beautifully if you wrap it well with plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing.
I’m sure this easy pumpkin bread will become a beloved fall tradition in your family, too!
How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Bread from Scratch
It’s really easy to make this simple but tasty pumpkin bread!
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- All-purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Pumpkin puree
How to Make It:
(Full printable recipe is available below)
Mix wet ingredients. First, you’ll cream together the butter and shortening. Then, add in the eggs and mix well, followed by the water, mixing well to combine.
Combine dry ingredients. Next, in a separate bowl, you’ll whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda.
Make the batter. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the pumpkin puree to the wet ingredients, in separate additions, mixing just until combined and batter is smooth.
Bake. Pour the batter into greased pans and bake! It’s as simple as that!
Notes and Adaptations:
- Feel free to add nuts or chocolate chips if desired.
- This bread freezes great–cool completely and wrap well before freezing!
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 4 eggs
- 2/3 cup water
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 15-oz can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease two 8.5”x4” or 9”x5” loaf pans.
- Combine sugar and shortening in the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until incorporated.
- Add water and mix well to combine.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda.
- While mixer is running on low speed, alternate adding dry ingredients and pumpkin puree, in 3 additions.
- Once dry ingredients and pumpkin puree are incorporated, divide batter between prepared pans.
- Bake for about 60-75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- These loaves freeze well--simply cool completely, wrap well, and pop in the freezer.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 396mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 2gSugar: 38gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and is not guaranteed for accuracy.