Really Good Pumpkin Bread

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, loaf, pumpkin, quick bread
Servings: 22 slices
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Everyone needs a really good pumpkin bread recipe in their back pocket. This is my go-to pumpkin bread. It's moist and full of the pumpkin and spices many of us seem to crave when cooler weather finally rolls in.


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 can (15 ounce) pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans - optional*
Caramel Glaze
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Spray two 9x5-inch loaf pans with baking spray. (Lining the pans with parchment paper is optional, but it may make removing the bread easier.)
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, vegetable oil, milk, and sour cream. Mix until smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and fold in the pecans*. Mix until just combined.
  • Divide the pumpkin bread batter evenly between the two prepared loaf pans. Bake for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pans for about 15 minutes before removing to continue cooling on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, create the glaze by combining the butter, sugar, and cream in a saucepan. Cook until all the sugar is dissolved. Cool for about 20 minutes and then whisk in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled pumpkin bread loaves.


*Feel free to get creative here. You can add any mix-in you love. This might be milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, walnuts, pecan, toffee bits,...

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 423kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 422mgPotassium: 138mgFiber: 2gSugar: 51gVitamin A: 3656IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 2mg
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