Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin Bread

Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

I love pumpkin spice bread, walnuts, and cranberries, and found this fantastic recipe at It was published in Gourmet magazine in October 2003.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter 9 1/4x5 1/4x3-inch loaf pan.
  3. Line bottom and 2 long sides with waxed paper.
  4. Whisk flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in medium bowl to blend.
  5. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until fluffy.
  6. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating until blended.
  7. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.
  8. Beat in pumpkin, then vanilla.
  9. Beat in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk in 2 additions each.
  10. Fold in cranberries and nuts.
  11. Transfer batter to pan.
  12. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.
  13. Bake bread until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes.
  14. Cool bread in pan on rack 15 minutes.
  15. Cut around bread at short ends to loosen from pan.
  16. Turn bread out onto rack; peel off waxed paper.
  17. Cool bread completely.
  18. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Wrap and store at room temperature.).
Most Helpful

Very good. The crust is fabulous! I used the cranberrys from Cranberry Liqueur. I saw where this recipe says that it makes 1 loaf. As I was mixing the ingredients I realized there was much more batter than for 1 loaf. Then I looked at the size loaf pan to use. This makes a lot! Well worth it. I made 1 large loaf and 2 of the small. Watch the cooking times.

-Sheri- November 20, 2005

Very good -- I made 20 muffins, cooking time adjusted to 25 minutes. I didn't have any pumpkin pie spice so used 1 t cinnamon, 1/2 t nutmeg and 1/2 t allspice to make up the 2 t pumpkin pie spice and I used about 1 cup fresh cranberries. Delish! Thanks for sharing!

ellie_ December 21, 2010