Pumpkin Bread


Every year at this time, I help Georgia bake dozens of mini-loaves of pumpkin bread for the church’s gift baskets for the elderly in the community. You’d think I’d get tired of it, but it just makes me want to bake some more–for me! Whether you’re fixing holiday gift baskets to share, or just a sweet, warm treat to enjoy at home, pumpkin bread, especially with fresh pumpkin puree, is irresistible.

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How to make Pumpkin Bread:

2-2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup shortening
3-1/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup nuts
4 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin or fresh pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup water
2 cups raisins

Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, pumpkin, and water. Mix thoroughly. Stir in flour and the rest of the dry ingredients then add the nuts and raisins. Spoon into greased loaf pans. Bake at 350-degrees, one hour for standard-size loaves or twenty-five minutes for mini-loaves. Makes two standard-size loaves or fifteen mini-loaves.

*For holiday pumpkin bread, press a candied cherry into the top of each loaf before baking, and use 2 cups raisins and candied fruit, mixed, to the batter, instead of just raisins.

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  1. Estella says:

    I love pumpkin bread and this looks yoummy!

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  4. Suzanne McMinn says:

    I don’t have 15 mini-loaf pans, but my cousin’s mother does! I’m sure she got them at Wal-Mart. :biggrin:

  5. citalk2much says:

    Sounds yummy

  6. Sheila says:

    I was looking for a pumpkin recipe to take to our quilters guild meeting in Nov , I think I might try this and see how it goes over. I gotta admit it sounds good :). I’m also gonna try and make your grandmother bread to as well as the poptarts :). :hungry:

  7. Sheila says:

    LOVE your pumpkin bread , I made one big loaf and 4 small loaves , the only thing thats keeping me from eating it all is the fact that I’m giving two of the mini loaves away as xmas gifts , otherwise they would have been gone already , and the big loaf I’m saving for after xmas dinner desert (along with pumpkin pie of course LOL) :).

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