Preheat your oven for a fall classic with this family favorite recipe for The Best Pumpkin Bread.

The Best Pumpkin Bread sliced

I don’t know if there’s ever been a more tried and tested recipe in the 800+ creations that have graced these pages over the past decade (!). In order for something to earn the title of “The Best,” it has to be undoubtedly, positively, without hesitation or question… PERFECTION.

The Best Pumpkin Bread batter in clear stand mixer bowl

That’s what we have here, folks. Absolutely, positively The Best Pumpkin Bread ever to hit your lips.

It puts all of those store-bought coffee shop slices to shame. And with good reason: This recipe has been in our family since 1992, when it first appeared in one of my preschool cookbooks.

The Best Pumpkin Bread batter in a parchment paper-lined bread pan

That’s 26 years of baking prowess behind this moist, spiced and easy-to-slice loaf. The best part is, there’s absolutely nothing fancy about it. It’s just a good ol’ classic recipe passed on to me by my #1 inspiration: my mom.

After it’s done baking, not only will you have the best pumpkin loaf in town, but your entire home will smell like holiday goodness. Part recipe, part air freshener. Don’t ever let anyone say you can’t multitask.

The Best Pumpkin Bread topped with pecans and sliced

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The Best Pumpkin Bread

Preheat your oven for an autumnal classic with this family favorite recipe for The Best Pumpkin Bread.
5 from 6 votes
The Best Pumpkin Bread sliced
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin purée
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and lightly flour a 9x5" loaf pan.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Set it aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla.
  • Add the eggs to the stand mixer, one at a time, beating between each addition, then add the pumpkin.
  • Alternate adding in the dry and wet ingredients by adding one-third of the dry, then half of the water, one-third of the dry, the other half of the water, and the final one-third of the dry. Blend well, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  • Fold in the pecans then bake the bread for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
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Recipe adapted from Judy Mahaffa of The St. Margaret's Episcopal School 1992 Home Cookin' Cookbook.

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Calories: 400kcal, Carbohydrates: 57g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 230mg, Potassium: 159mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 5180IU, Vitamin C: 1.3mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    WOW! This really is THE BEST pumpkin bread recipe!! It’s moist and perfectly spiced. I live at high elevation so I reduced the sugar to just 1 cup and the bread came out perfectly moist. I also left out the pecans because I didn’t have any on hand. You won’t be disappointed if you make this recipe!

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