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Three Pumpkin Bread Recipes | For Bread Machine and Oven

Pumpkin seed bread

Pumpkin seed bread

Introducing a Great Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This page contains three pumpkin bread recipes. Two are for yeast bread that is cooked in a bread machine. The third is for a chemically leavened quick bread baked in the oven.

Instructions are included for cooking a fresh pumpkin, if desired. Alternatively, you can use canned pumpkin for these recipes.

Often, in North America, a good pumpkin bread recipe is baked and served in the fall or autumn. Pumpkin is such a great food to serve for Thanksgiving, for Halloween and of course, at any time at all during this season.

You have to wonder, though, why we limit this wonderful bread to one season of the year. Pumpkin is available year round, and its so healthy and good for us. Not to mention, it tastes great in breads, pies, muffins and most any other baked goods.

How do You use a Pumpkin?

Pumpkin Seed Bread

Pumpkin Seed Bread

Amazon Spotlight -- Panasonic Bread Maker

Pumpkin Bread Recipe For the Bread Machine

Double Pumpkin!


2 1/4 Tsp Active Dry Yeast

1 2/3 Cup Bread Flour

1 1/2 Cup Whole-wheat Flour

3 Tbsp Powdered Milk

3 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger

1 1/2 Tsp Grated Nutmeg

1 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 1/2 Tsp Salt

1 1/2 tbsp Vegetable Oil

3/4 Cup Pumpkin, canned or cooked and pureed

3/4 Cup Water plus 3 Tbsp

3/4 Cup Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


Consult your bread machine manual and add all ingredients in the order they recommend. Do not add the pumpkin seeds just yet. Process using the basic bread cycle.

Add the pumpkin seeds at the beeper or at the end of the first kneading cycle.

When finished baking, this pumpkin bread is wonderful when served spread with cream cheese or plain butter.

Note: the quantity of ginger given could be too much for some tastes. Adjust accordingly.

Convert Recipe Ingredients to Metric

If you live in a country that uses metric measurements, please refer to the link below for cooking conversion:

The Metric Kitchen

Additional Recipes for Pumpkin Bread

Recipe for Pumpkin Pecan Spice Bread

This is another recipe for pumpkin bread that is made in the bread machine.


3 cups bread flour

1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tbsp softened butter

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 large egg

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup canned pumpkin or cooked pumpkin, pureed

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup pecan pieces

2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast


Use the basic bread settings on your bread machine. Process according to manufacturer's instructions.

When done, remove your bread to a rack to cool.

This recipe for pumpkin bread makes one 1 1/2 pound loaf.

Recipe for Pumpkin Mincemeat Bread

This loaf is great for the Christmas and Holiday Season.

This recipe calls for sourdough starter. You will find a recipe for starter at this link.


4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

4 eggs

1/2 cups sourdough starter

2/3 cups water

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups canned pumpkin

1 1/2 cups prepared mincemeat

1 cups chopped walnuts or pecans


Grease three 9 x 5 or five 7-1/2 x 4 loaf pans and set them aside.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Using a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients, spice and sugars.

Using another bowl, beat the eggs, then stir in the oil, water, sourdough starter and pumpkin.

Dump this into the flour mixture and stir to moisten.

Add mincemeat and nuts. Stir.

Put the mixture in your loaf pans and bake for one hour or until done.

This pumpkin loaf freezes well.

Festively wrapped, it makes makes a great edible food gift for your holiday gift-giving.

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Three Pumpkins on a table

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How to Cook a Pumpkin

If fresh pumpkins are available, you may want to cook your own and puree it.

To cook a pumpkin, first wash the pumpkin and then cut it in half and scrape out the seeds and the stringy pulp.

Lightly brush the inside of the pumpkin with cooking oil.

Preheat your oven to approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the pumpkin skin-side up on a cookie sheet. Put it in the oven and cook until soft when pricked with a fork.

Cooking times will vary, so start checking after about twenty minutes.

Allow the cooked pumpkin to cool, then remove the skin. Use a blender to puree the pumpkin.

To Cook the Pumpkin Seeds

Remove the stringy pulp that sticks to the seeds. Place them in a pot of boiling water and simmer for ten minutes.

Remove the seeds from the heat; drain and place seeds over a lightly oiled baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with paprika and place in preheated, 325 degree oven (Fahrenheit). Bake until brown. Watch so you do not burn the seeds or dry them out too much.

Sprinkle your seeds over a salad or eat out of hand.

Please Leave a Comment

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on October 23, 2016:

These are great recipes. I will have to try one for Thanksgiving. I think maybe the pumpkin pecan spice bread.

marsha32 on July 06, 2014:

Funny I see this. Canned pumpkin is on the ibotta for cash back for buying it. Now I really want to get it and make up some delicious bread.

anonymous on November 04, 2012:

Just don't leave it in too long! I love the taste of pumpkin. This is a great time of year for these seasonal treats.

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on October 26, 2012:

My only tips have to do with eating pumpkin bread and othe delicious pumpkin recipes. I was only kidding about tossing pumpkins out the window of a speeding car. My actual choice would be to make it into something delicious and then eat it up. :-)


tamjo5 on October 24, 2012:

Thank goodness for pumpkin bread or I never would have learned to like pumpkin.

atsikplornu1 on October 21, 2012:

Shut-up, this pumpkin bread tips lens is very eduactive.!!! thanks.

June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on October 21, 2012:

@Jogalog: I am sure you won't be sorry.

Jogalog on October 21, 2012:

I haven't made pumpkin bread but I love my breadmaker so I might try the breadmaker recipe.

MayaIxchel on September 18, 2012:

Great recipes! Thank you so much for sharing! Yummy! Greetings from 'the land of eternal spring'!

anonymous on September 10, 2012:

Krispy Kreme make a Pumpkin Spice Doughnut that is Rediculiosly Good and since Halloween and Thanksgiving are on the way, they might be making it again this Year!!

mglee2010 on July 11, 2012:

It really looks delicious....Yummy! Can't wait to try it on my bread machine

Magietha du Plessis from South Africa on June 04, 2012:

These recipes really looks very tasty. I want to use them for left over pumpkin and I am sure it will work.

June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on March 24, 2012:

@Sylvestermouse: Thanks for visiting.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on March 24, 2012:

These recipes all sound delicious!

ChrisDay LM on January 26, 2011:

Great - something else to do with all our lovely pumpkins

catbehaviors on November 23, 2010:

These recipes look delicious! Thanks for sharing.

June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on November 21, 2010:

@Judy Goldsberry: I am a great fan of anything pumpkin. If you like this flavor, you'll love pumpkin bread.

Judy Goldsberry on November 21, 2010:

mmm, I have never made pumpkin bread before, I can't wait to try.

June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on October 31, 2010:

@ElizaRayner: Pumpkin muffins are actually a favorite of mine -- especially when they contain crystallized ginger and raisins. Thanks for commenting.

Eliza Rayner from Boulder, Colorado on October 31, 2010:

mmmm.. right now I am making pumpkin muffins. These rebads sound delicious too. thanks for sharing.

June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on October 25, 2010:

@aesta1: Oh yes, It is yummy for sure. Thanks for commenting

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 25, 2010:

I felt hungry for this bread after reading your lens. Looks yummy.

June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on October 19, 2010:

@MargoPArrowsmith: Is pumpkin a cancer fighting food? I'm on my way to your lens right now.

MargoPArrowsmith on October 19, 2010:

Lensrolled to 7 Cancer Fighting Foods, go and see why!!!

June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on October 17, 2010:

@funcook: Thank you! Pumpkin scones sound like something I need to check into ASAP!

funcook on October 17, 2010:

Really nice recipe and good information. I've made you a featured lens on my Pumpkin Scones Recipe lens.

June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on October 10, 2010:

@anonymous: It makes one 1 1/2 pound loaf. Thanks for visiting.

anonymous on October 10, 2010:

I'm curious if the pumpkin spice bread is a 2lb or 1lb loaf. or even 1 1/2lb. Thank you. I can't wait to try it.

June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on October 10, 2010:

@maplesyrup59: Good to see you here. Cooking is a hobby of mine and I always enjoy it when I find a new recipe that excites me.

maplesyrup59 on October 10, 2010:

I'm glad I came across this pumpkin recipe lens. I am also looking for interesting recipes to try.

June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on September 25, 2010:

@anonymous: I'm glad you;'re gonna give it a try. It is so worth the effort. Thanks for stopping by.

anonymous on September 25, 2010:

Your Pumpkin Pecan Spice Bread sounds really yummy. I'll have to dust off my old bread making machine, but it sounds like it's worth the effort.

June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on September 14, 2010:

@CelebStyle LM: Good plan. You can never go wrong with pumpkin bread.

June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on September 14, 2010:

@CelebStyle LM: Good plan! You can never go wrong with pumpkin bread.

CelebStyle LM on September 14, 2010:

Yummy looking recipes! I may try one after Halloween or for Thanksgiving! Thanks

June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on May 31, 2010:

@puzzlerpaige: Thanks for visiting. I hope you try the bread some day.

puzzlerpaige on May 31, 2010:

I've never thought of making pumpkin bread with a bread machine. I will HAVE to give it a try this Thanksgiving. I'm saving this to my Squidoo recipes favorites folder.

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on December 20, 2009:

I'm going to have to dig out the bread machine!

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on November 27, 2009:

LOVE pumpkin bread any time of year. Thank you for the recipes.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on November 13, 2009:

I love a good slice of pumpkin bread. My favorite is pumpkin raisin bread. Thanks for the great ideas.

eccles1 on November 09, 2009:

You had me at Bundt Cake!!

MaltaMom on July 13, 2009:

In place of the water, try using coconut milk. It is very good!

LisaDH on November 11, 2008:

I love pumpkin bread, so will definitely try some of these! 5*

KathleenH on October 16, 2008:

Thanks so much for sharing these great recipes. Isn't it great that pumpkin is so good for us as well as being so very tasty?!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on September 24, 2008:

It won't be long until Halloween and we'll be carving our pumpkins so I will put this information to good use. Thanks. 5*

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on April 28, 2008:

I luv pumpkin bread. I haven't been able to find mine so will definitely try one of these!

KonaGirl from New York on April 09, 2008:

Fabulous lens. I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup. Oh, hell I love just about everything pumpkin. Really enjoyed my visit and thanks for the recipes.

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anonymous on November 24, 2007:

Great recipes! Looked at your links. Word of caution to newbies with sourdough starter: you see a recipe that uses commercial yeast, it is NOT sourdough anymore, it is now a contemporary bread. Stay away from any recipe claiming to be sourdough but contains commercial yeast. Keep it pure. ;-)

jtpratt lm on November 22, 2007:

Wow, this is an awesome lens! Not only a great recipe, but tons and tons of pumpkin facts and resources! Stop by and review me too if you can: Designer Handbag Whores.

KimberlyDawnWel1 on November 03, 2007:

Thanks for all the great recipes! I'll have to try these.

Robin S from USA on October 31, 2007:

I'm back to tell you that I'm also lensrolling this great lens onto my Tasty Turkey Day Cupcakes lens!

KimGiancaterino on October 23, 2007:

Nice variety of recipes. I've lensrolled this to my Elvira SquidBoo lens.

anonymous on October 15, 2007:

Thanks for the great recipes! I always wonder what to do with the insides of the pumpkin! I've added your lens to featured lenses on my "I love Halloween" lens :D

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 11, 2007:

How did you do that? Honestly! I can smell the pumpkin bread! (And I do love that smell!)


CJPate on September 29, 2007:

I've been searching for the perfect pumpkin bread recipe. I hope I found it here! I'll let you know.

Robin S from USA on September 20, 2007:

I'm lensrolling this on to my pumpkin carving lens. 5*

Crystal Booth from Wellston, Ok on September 14, 2007:

Great pumpkin recipes! Thanks for visiting my lens and for the lensroll. I rolled you as well ~ Crystal