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This Absolutely Perfect Pumpkin Bread is moist, spiced and will fill your home with the most amazing aroma.  Your friends and family will devour this flavorful bread that screams it’s time for fall.  This is such an easy quick bread, you’ll make it all the time.

I love all the things you can make with pumpkin, it’s so versatile. Try these recipes for some pumpkin  inspiration; Soft and Puffy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins or this Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake.

Perfectly spiced moist and tender pumpkin bread on a wire rack.

Perfect Pumpkin Bread

The hardest thing about this super easy loaf is waiting for it to cool enough so you can eat it. This is so easy to make you’ll want to make it every day. Serve it for breakfast, snack or even dessert. Warm sweet balance of spices makes this irresistible whenever you serve it.

This Pumpkin bread also makes a perfect gift for any occasion. Take it as a home warming gift, a thank you gift, or a just because gift. It’ll make anyone’s day just better.

Homemade Pumpkin Bread Ingredients:

  • Butter: Adds moisture and flavor
  • Sugar: Adds sweetness to the pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Puree: Can use canned or make your own puree
  • Sour Cream: Secret ingredient that adds moisture and super tender
  • Vanilla: Love the flavor it adds
  • Flour: Sift your flour for the perfect insides
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg & Cloves: The must have perfect trio of spices to go with pumpkin
  • Baking Soda & Baking Powder:  These are your leavening agents to help the bread rise and make it light and airy.

How to Make Easy Pumpkin Bread:

  1. Prepare: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take a 9×5 loaf pan and line it with parchment paper and spray with non stick spray.
  2. Wet Ingredients: In a medium bowl you’ll beat butter, sugar together till combined well. Add eggs, pumpkin puree, sour cream and vanilla and beat well.
  3. Dry Ingredients: In another bowl whisk the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda and baking powder.
  4. Combine: Gently fold in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients till combined.
  5. Bake: Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 45-60 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clean.

The process of making pumpkin bread.

Tips and Variations for the Perfect Bread:

  • Pumpkin: Make sure you buy canned pumpkin puree and don’t confuse it with canned pumpkin pie filling. They are two very different things. The pie filling will have sugar and spices already added, you just want plain pumpkin so make sure you double check your can.
  • Add-ins: Make variations to this recipe by adding a half of cup of chopped pecans, or walnuts. Chocolate chips, cranberries or raisins.
  • Muffins: You can easily turn these into muffins, just pour into greased muffin tin filling each about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes or till an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Should make roughly 24 muffins.
  • Double: This is simple to double and make two loaves. One to eat right away and one to save for later.

Perfectly spiced moist and tender pumpkin bread in a loaf pan.

Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree:

Super simple and fun to do, fresh puree will anything made with pumpkin that much more amazing.

  1. Prep: Take a small 4-6 pound pumpkin, often called a sugar or pie pumpkin and cut off the stem with a sharp knife. Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds and strings. Keep the seeds if you want to roast them later.
  2. Roast: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay the pumpkin cut side down on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Roast until a knife can easily be inserted and the flesh feels soft. Should take about 35-45 minutes depending on the size.
  3. Scrape: Once the pumpkin has cooled scrape the insides from the shell and place in a food processor.
  4. Puree: Blend until smooth and creamy. The puree can then be stored in your fridge for a few days or in the freezer for a few months.

Perfectly spiced moist and tender pumpkin bread sliced up.

Storing Moist Pumpkin Bread:

Everyone will love this so much, there may not be leftovers but if there are, it’s easy to store:

  • Storage: Pumpkin bread does not need to be refrigerated. Make sure it’s cooled completely and store tightly wrapped in a cool dry place for up to 4 days. If it lasts longer than that, put in the fridge for up to 7 days.
  • Freeze: This freezes beautifully. Once the loaf is completely cooled wrap in plastic wrap, at least two layers to prevent freezer burn. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter top overnight.

Perfectly spiced moist and tender pumpkin bread stacked on top of each other.

More Perfect Quick Breads:

I love quick breads, they don’t take extra time to rise and the flavors are amazing.

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Pumpkin Bread

By: Alyssa Rivers
This Absolutely Perfect Pumpkin Bread is moist, spiced and will fill your home with the most amazing aroma.  Your friends and family will devour this flavorful bread that screams it's time for fall.  This is such an easy quick bread, you'll make it all the time.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 Slices



  • Preheat the oven to the 350 degrees. Line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with parchment and spray with non stick spray. In a medium sized bowl beat the melted butter and sugar together. Add eggs, pumpkin puree, sour cream, and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • In a small bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Pour into the prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes clean.


Calories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 175mgPotassium: 88mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 2689IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Bread, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. This recipe was a huge disappointment. The pumpkin bread was very bland and dry. It was a waste of time and a waste of ingredients. I’ve tried many of your recipes, and love many of them, but this recipe was not good at all, and my husband agreed.

    1. Hey Brenda, I’m so sorry the bread didn’t work out. If you ever decide to give it a second chance I’m here to help troubleshoot!!

  2. I specifically looked for a recipe with butter not oil and also sour cream. Unfortunately this bread, although moist and good textured, didn’t have enough pumpkin or enough spice

  3. Hi! This looks tasty! I am wondering if it will work well if I substitute white whole wheat for the flour and Greek yogurt for the sour cream? Thanks!!

  4. Alyssa, This bread is delicious, very moist, and makes your house smell like autumn. I used unsalted butter so I added 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

  5. I like to use mini loaf pans so I can give them to others. Could you recommend how long I should cook this bread in these smaller pans? Thanks. Looking forward to making this recipe.