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Perfect Spiced Pumpkin Bread for Fall Comfort

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Divinely pumpkin-y & subtly sweet, this spiced pumpkin bread calls for little more than a pat butter and a cozy blanket with a fire on a crisp morning!

Perfect Spiced Pumpkin Bread for Fall Comfort

Devon 3 Comments

Divinely pumpkin-y & subtly sweet, this spiced pumpkin bread calls for little more than a pat butter and a cozy blanket with a fire on a crisp morning!

I have never really been on the “pumpkin spice” bandwagon.

Most “pumpkin spice” food items are insipidly sweet and taste little if any of actually pumpkin.  Due to this utter ambivalence for all things “pumpkin spice” (no knocks to those that live for pumpkin spice season, really),  I rather surprised myself when I bought a loaf of pumpkin bread at the grocery store on a whim.  It was really pretty – all streusel topped and with its wrapping boosting a lovely autumnal scene.  I really wanted it to be good.  It didn’t even have to be great.  It did however need to taste like pumpkin and spices, not apple and raisins.



Yep, folks, APPLES and RAISINSI am not sure that I even like raisins on a good day.  And the flavor of apple most certainly does not translate to pumpkin on my taste buds.  What’s an earthy, crunchy, irritated mama to do?  Make her own spiced pumpkin bread, I guess.

First, goals:

  1. To create pumpkin bread that actually tastes like PUMPKIN.
  2. To spice it just enough to give it interest and depth, without tasting like a pumpkin pie.
  3. To have a classic, yeasted bread loaf – not a cake-y or, conversely, overly dense quick bread.
  4. To a have the streusel topping stick (a difficult feat considering the smooth dough texture of goal #3)
  5. To create a recipe that made two full sized loaves.
  6. To have it be really freaking good. Like toast it, smother it in butter and forget about the world good.

Folks, I did it.  Like first try.  I am that good, if I do say so myself.

I did find that I had to invite a bit more sugar to the party than I would normally, but I tried to offset that sin with the inclusion of some whole grains.  First, I ground some organic rolled oats for the bread dough, and then I decided to also include a blend of hemp, flax and coconut that I keep around for smoothies, granola and other baking.  Sugar sin somewhat atoned for.   I also utilized some of the vast quantities of Cinderella pumpkin that I cut , cubed and froze last year by making my own pumpkin puree (the canned variety is totally acceptable).   I also ground all the spices fresh – believe me it is worth the effort, but again, if this is not your regular M.O., use what you have.  It will still be delicious.  A good stand mixer makes quick work of needing this dough, but kneading by hand is a delightful upper body work out.  Careful to not overly flour your work surface.  Your spiced pumpkin bread do should be soft, with just enough flour to keep if from being sticky! Finally I brushed the top of both pumpkin bread loaves with a bit of egg was before firmly applying the streusel topping prior to the second rise.

spiced pumpkin bread

The results of this spiced pumpkin bread are pretty darn good, folks.   Pumpkin-y, perfectly spiced, not too sweet, rich and moist.  I am so pleased that I think I will be making several batches to give as Christmas presents this year.  I will also be making pumpkin bread to serve to the kids while I am harried and crazy setting about Thanksgiving dinner while they watch the Macy’s parade. The only topping this pumpkin spiced bread needs is a generous smear of homemade  butter.

Spiced Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Divinely pumpkin-y, spicy and subtly sweet, this spiced pumpkin bread calls for little more that a pat of good butter, and a blanket in front of the fire on a cold crisp morning! Makes two loaves.
Servings: 2 loaves
Author: Devon



  • 1 cup milk warm to about 110F
  • 2 teaspoons active rise yeast
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon flour


  • 10 oz pumpkin puree
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground clove
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup ground rolled oats
  • ½ cup whole grain blend or whole wheat flour
  • 4-5 cups bread flour

Streusel topping

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds optional
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 beaten egg


  • Combine the first four ingredients in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, or in a large bowl if mixing by hand. Stir briefly to combine. Although to proof for 20 minutes until it smells yeast-y and starts to bubble.
  • Add pumpkin puree, melted butter, spices, salt and sugar, stirring to combine. Add rolled oats, whole grain/flour, and 2 cups of bread flour and mix/knead at low to medium speed until it is all incorporated. Add the remaining flour in increments until the dough pulls away from sides of bowl and is somewhat dry and springy to the touch. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and continue to knead for a about 3-5 minutes onto the dough is smooth and even.
  • Return to a greased bowl , cover with plastic wrap and although to rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1.5 hours.
  • Meanwhile, make the streusel topping by combining the flour, oats, brown sugar, nuts and butter in the bowl of a food processer with a few pulses, until well combined.
  • After the dough has completed its first rise, turn out again onto a floured surface and shape into two loaves. Place into two well greased loaf pans, pressing the dough so that it fill to the edges. Brush with beaten egg. Firmly press the streusel topping into the top of each loaf. Don’t be afraid to use some force.
  • Loosely cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled, approximately 1-1.5 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. When the oven is up to temperature place loaves on middle rack and bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden, fragrant and an internal read thermometer inserted into the center of a loaf reads about 200 degrees F.
  • Allow to cool and remove from pans. Wrap tightly if not eating immediately. Awww, who are we kidding – fresh baked pumpkin bread… where’s the butter.

Spiced Pumpkin Bread


Devon is a writer and author on subjects of holistic and sustainable living. She has a degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, and her first book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary, was published by Page Street Publishing in Spring 2019. Devon's work outside of can be seen at,,, and in the magazine The Backwoods Home. Devon's second book, The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen, will be published Fall 2019.

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  • Donna West-Yordanov December 7, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Definitely will have to try it!!

    • Devon December 7, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks Donna! I think I might have to make a couple loaves today!

  • Daan Timmers September 30, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Devon, can the flour be something else than wheat? We try to eat without gluten. Thank you!

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