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Perfectly Moist Pumpkin Bread

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4.9 from 77 reviews


This is my mother’s recipe for pumpkin bread (or pumpkin loaf). Using canned pumpkin, it comes together in one bowl in minutes and is nicely spiced and full of fall flavors.

Loaf Pans: I love this Chicago Metallic 8.5 x 4.5 – inch loaf pan for this recipe. You need two pans for this recipe.

Mini loaf pans can be purchased here. Disposable loaf pans can be purchased here, too.

Canned Pumpkin: Some cans are 15 ounces; others are 16 ounces. It doesn’t matter – use the full can of whichever you purchase. 


  • 2 cups (424 g) sugar
  • 1 cup (215 g) grapeseed oil or organic canola oil or other neutral oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 to 16 ounces (454 g) canned pumpkin (not pie filling), see notes above
  • 3/4 cup (177 g) water
  • 3 cups (384 g) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 to 1.5 teaspoon (5 to 7 grams) fine sea salt or kosher salt … I use 1.5 teaspoons salt now
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (or less)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves (optional… I never use)
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice (optional… I never use)


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 2 standard (8.5 x 4.5-inch) loaf pans (or 4 to 5 mini loaf pans depending on what size you are using — don’t fill pans higher than 2/3 full) with butter or non-stick spray.
  2. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer or simply a whisk (my preference!) beat sugar and oil together until blended. Add eggs one at a time mixing after each addition. Add pumpkin purée and water and mix until blended.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves (if using), and allspice (if using). Whisk only until just incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for about an hour (if using standard loaf pans) but start checking for doneness after 45 minutes — the loaves are done when the center springs back when touched. Note: When using the small pans, the loaves should be done in under 45 minutes. Start checking after 30 minutes.
  5. Let cool 15-20 minutes in pan; then transfer to a cooling rack to continue cooling before cutting and serving. 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Quick Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American