Rich, Moist Secret Ingredient Pumpkin Bread

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

This is my favorite pumpkin bread recipe. It is very different from other pumpkin breads because it calls for some unusual ingredients that make it special. I almost always use freshly cooked and mashed pumpkin in this - I like to use a small pie pumpkin, which I cut into quarters, seed, and steam until tender, then remove the peel and mash. But I have used plain canned pumpkin as well - just don't accidentally use pumpkin pie filling - you need the plain puree. Prep time assumes you already have some pumpkin puree handy. The extra loaf freezes well. I have been making this for years, but originally found this in one of the "Best of the Best" series of US regional cookbooks.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift together first 8 ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, dry pudding mixes).
  2. Beat eggs well in another bowl.
  3. Add oil, sugar, pumpkin, and vanilla to the eggs and mix well.
  4. Combine wet mixture with flour mixture gently by hand,pressing out any large lumps with your spoon, just until ingredients are moistened- do not overmix.
  5. Pour into 2 loaf pans (greased& floured) and bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 1 hour to 1 hr 15 minutes (or when tests done with a toothpick).
  6. Cool in pan 10 minutes then let cool completely on wire racks- don't skip of your loaves will fall apart.
Most Helpful

Excellent flavor and texture. I added about 1/4 tsp cloves and baked in mini pans. I got 5 loaves and they took 45 minutes to bake. I will be making this again!

earlybird November 04, 2003

This bread has a very unique texture...kind of between cake and quick bread. It turned out very moist and tasty. I only had vanilla pudding, so that's what I used and it still was very good. Can't wait to try it with the flavors listed and maybe add some nuts. P.S. My bake time was about 65 minutes and I used canned pumpkin. Thanks for sharing!!

Karen=^..^= September 22, 2003

great and super moist! These loaves weight a ton! I would never believe somthing so dense would be so good. Fresh pumpkin only for best results. thanks

h jones April 26, 2004