Traditional Pumpkin-Nut Bread

"My mother has made this pumpkin bread recipe each year around Thanksgiving since I was a little girl. I often make loaves and give as gifts to friends and teachers. This bread is very moist and dense with a lovely spiced pumpkin flavor."
photo by melting pot photo by melting pot
photo by melting pot
Ready In:
1hr 20mins
3 9x5x3-inch loaves




  • Grease three 9x5x3-inch loaf pans.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Sift together dry ingredients; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add pumpkin; mix well.
  • Sift in dry ingredients alternating with water.
  • Mix until smooth.
  • Fold in nuts.
  • Turn batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake for 45 to 55 minutes.

Questions & Replies

default avatar
Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Karen=^..^=
    Excellent pumpkin bread. I scaled the recipe down and made only one loaf, but now I wished I made the whole recipe! I used butter instead of shortening, but otherwise followed to a "T". Loved the texture and the flavor...thanks for sharing! P.S. I needed about 60 minutes bake time.
  2. kimberli
    Fanstastic!! Great flavor and texture, my family loved it, it froze like a charm. This is going in our family favorites binder. I added raisins to 1 loaf, since my husband doesn't like nuts. Next time I'm going to try addding chocolate chips in one loaf, or an orange glaze on top of another - there's a lot you can do with this recipe - thanks for posting it!
  3. integrity1st
    YUMMY!!! i can not stop eatting this!! I followed recipe exactly other than adding some raisins. Definately will be making more..
  4. luckycloud29
    Great recipe for gifts since it makes 3 loaves at a time (I have a lot of in-laws!). Very moist and a lovely smell of autumn spices. I used two teaspoons of vanilla and added a cup of raisins.
  5. Akikobay
    Great recipe. As Caryn describes, it is a dense, very moist pumpkin bread almost overflowing with nice pumpkin flavor and good spice. The finished breads were really a lovely brown color and held together nicely. Because I ran out of white sugar (a first in my home), I used only brown sugar. To account for this, I also added a bit more cinnamon and nutmeg. We don't use shortening, so I used butter and it came out beautifully. Although I was concerned that it would be too sweet, it was just perfect. I made one loaf pan and 16 mini loaves. Thank you for posting this recipe. It'll be well-used and is already well-loved.


  1. Martine in Tremelo
    Made this recipe with fresh pumpkin and replaced the shortening with butter - other than that I used the same ingredients and quantities - it resulted in two nice loafs and several muffins that taste awesome!<br/>Thanks for the recipe!
  2. oldbern
    This will go down in history as the greatest bread ever to be eaten! It was wonderfully amazing in every way. I replaced the nuts with chocolate chips and used fresh pumpkin, but other than that, followed exactly as written. A man at my husband's work said "There is no way that is pumpkin, because pumpkin has never tasted so good."
  3. karbkr
    Excellent recipe! I substituted butter for the shortening. It was awesome! I will keep this one close by & use it often.
  4. 3boys4mom
    This pumpkin bread was absolutely delicious! I made 2 loaves for my son's preschool class and one for us--with raisins instead of nuts. The class LOVED it and my 2, 4 and 6 year olds cannot stop eating the bread. It did require about 60 minutes to bake, but it is still moist 2 days later (and almost gone)! Thanks for a great recipe.
  5. DaMommyChef
    This has become a staple at our house. I use three cups of sugar instead of four, and add an entire bag of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of the nuts. It is always moist and delicious. It's not even funny how fast we can devour all three loaves (I have four kids--one of whom is a big strapping teenage boy!)


I live in to Jacksonville, FL with my husband, 2 daughters (17 and 11), 4 cats, and 2 dogs. My favorite things to make are cookies/bars and pound cakes. I have had a great time cooking since discovering Recipezaar January 2002. This is a picture of my youngest cat, Lily. She is my sweet sweet little baby.
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes