This Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Raisins and Nuts is made with flour, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, butter, sugar, nuts, milk, vanilla, chocolate chips and sweetly baked.
The best thing about this Pumpkin Bread with Raisins and Nuts is that both adults and kids love it. This pumpkin bread has a soft and moist crumb and full of a sweet delicious pumpkin flavor. The way you get this pumpkin flavor is by adding pumpkin puree and it creates a similar consistency to banan bread. It can be enjoyed as an after meal treat or with a nice coffee. The crumb is so moist and full of flavor.
Pumpkin bread is often served sliced and can be eaten on its own, or topped with butter, cream cheese, or a drizzle of maple syrup. It is also a great option for gifting during the holiday season.
If you love this recipe, feel free to try my good friend Hannah's Sourdough Pumpkin Bundt Cake!
What is Pumpkin Bread?
Pumpkin bread is a sweet and moist bread made with pumpkin puree, flour, sugar, and a variety of warm spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. It is typically baked in a loaf pan and can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack, or as a dessert.
Pumpkin bread can be made with either fresh or canned pumpkin puree, and can also be customized with add-ins such as chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins. It is a popular fall and winter treat, especially around Thanksgiving and Halloween.
Pumpkin Bread Recipe Ingredients
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Pumpkin puree
- Brown sugar
- Chocolate chips
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make Pumpkin Bread
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat loaf pan with cooking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2 inch longer overhang. Coat with more nonstick spray. In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
Mix well then add the pumpkin, butter, sugars, eggs, milk, nuts and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and then scatter the chocolate chips onto the bread. Bake for about 45 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick can come out clean that’s been inserted into the center.
Cool the pan on a wire rack or the stove when baked, then use the parchment paper overhang to pull the bread out. Enjoy this Pumpkin Bread Recipe.
What to serve with Pumpkin Bread
- Toasted with butter: Pumpkin bread is delicious toasted and served with a pat of butter. The warm and slightly crispy texture pairs well with the rich and creamy flavor of butter.
- Cream cheese spread: A cream cheese spread is a popular topping for pumpkin bread, and can be flavored with additional spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg for an extra kick of flavor.
- Whipped cream: Pumpkin bread also pairs well with whipped cream, which adds a light and airy sweetness to the rich and dense bread.
- Apple butter or pumpkin butter: For a fall-themed spread, consider serving pumpkin bread with apple or pumpkin butter. These sweet and spiced spreads complement the flavors of the bread nicely.
- Warm beverage: Pumpkin bread is perfect to enjoy with a warm beverage such as coffee, tea, or hot cocoa. The warm and comforting flavors of the bread and the beverage create the perfect cozy pairing. You can pair this with my Pumpkin Spice Latte or my Ice Chai Latte.
Pumpkin puree: You can make pumpkin puree from scratch by baking a pumpkin and then scooping out the flesh into a food processor. The easiest alternative is to buy canned pumpkin puree. The grocery store has tons close to Halloween.
Butter: You can use unsalted butter and add kosher salt or use salted butter and skip adding salt.
Mixed nuts: Get creative with the nuts, as long as they are the same measurement. Make sure to crush them into small pieces.
Milk: You can use milk, heavy cream or half and half.
Pumpkin Bread Recipe Variations
- Chocolate chip pumpkin bread: Add chocolate chips to your pumpkin bread batter for a decadent twist. Semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips work well with the flavors of the pumpkin and spices.
- Nutty pumpkin bread: Add chopped nuts to your pumpkin bread batter for extra texture and crunch. Pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts all pair well with the flavors of the bread.
- Streusel-topped pumpkin bread: Add a crumbly streusel topping to your pumpkin bread before baking for a sweet and crunchy finish. Mix together flour, sugar, and butter, and sprinkle it over the batter before baking.
- Swirled pumpkin bread: Add a swirl of cream cheese or cinnamon-sugar to your pumpkin bread for an extra burst of flavor. Simply mix cream cheese or cinnamon-sugar with a bit of the batter and swirl it into the pumpkin bread before baking.
- Gluten-free pumpkin bread: For those with dietary restrictions, try making pumpkin bread with gluten-free flour or almond flour. You can also experiment with using alternative sweeteners like honey or maple syrup in place of sugar.
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- Mixing bowl: A large mixing bowl is necessary for combining the ingredients together.
- Measuring cups and spoons: Accurately measuring ingredients is important when baking, so having a set of measuring cups and spoons is essential.
- Whisk or electric mixer: A whisk or mixer can be used to mix the ingredients together until they are well combined and smooth.
- Loaf pan: Pumpkin bread is typically baked in a loaf pan, so you'll need a 9x5 inch loaf pan to bake your bread in.
- Cooling rack: Once your pumpkin bread is finished baking, you'll need a cooling rack to allow it to cool before slicing and serving.
- Oven: Pumpkin bread is baked in the oven, so having a functioning oven is essential.
- Nonstick cooking spray: I use this to grease the pan, but you can use butter instead.
How to store Pumpkin Bread
To store pumpkin bread, follow these steps:
- Allow the pumpkin bread to cool completely before storing it. If you store the bread while it's still warm, it can cause moisture to build up, leading to mold growth.
- Wrap the pumpkin bread tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This will help to prevent air from getting to the bread, which can cause it to dry out.
- Store the wrapped pumpkin bread in an airtight container or plastic bag. This will help to further protect the bread from moisture and prevent it from drying out.
- Store the pumpkin bread at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you want to store it for longer, you can freeze it.
To freeze pumpkin bread:
- Wrap the pumpkin bread tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
- Place the wrapped pumpkin bread in a resealable plastic freezer bag.
- Label the bag with the date and contents.
- Freeze the pumpkin bread for up to 3 months.
Pumpkin Bread Recipe Top tips
- Use canned or homemade pumpkin puree: Pumpkin puree is the star ingredient in pumpkin bread, so using high-quality pumpkin puree can make a big difference in the flavor of your bread. You can use canned pumpkin puree or make your own by roasting and pureeing fresh pumpkin.
- Use room temperature ingredients: Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature before mixing them together. This helps the ingredients to mix together evenly and ensures that your bread will bake evenly.
- Use the right amount of leavening agents: Baking powder and baking soda are both leavening agents that help the bread rise. Make sure to measure out the correct amount of each and don't overdo it, as too much can cause the bread to collapse.
- Don't overmix the batter: Overmixing the batter can lead to tough, dense bread. Mix the ingredients together just until they are combined, and avoid overmixing.
- Add spices for extra flavor: Pumpkin bread is often made with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Add these spices to your bread to give it a warm, cozy flavor.
- Grease your loaf pan: Make sure to grease your loaf pan well with butter or cooking spray to prevent the bread from sticking to the pan.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove