This is the Best Ever Pumpkin Bread recipe, with pumpkins in the background.

Hi Bold Bakers!

As the nights start to feel a little crisper and the leaves begin to change their coloring, all I can think about is my pumpkin bread recipe. It’s one of my favorite quick bread recipes because my best pumpkin bread is full of my favorite fall spices and flavors, and so incredibly moist. 

This recipe also uses my Homemade Pumpkin Puree, but you can use canned pumpkin in this pumpkin bread. With this puree, plus the oil and milk this recipe calls for, you are guaranteed to have a loaf of perfectly moist pumpkin bread. 

Can you believe that even after being a professional chef in Ireland, I had never had pumpkin bread before as it’s more of an American treat? After moving to California, I fell in love with the pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin spice is now essential to my and my family’s fall traditions. I couldn’t help but create my Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte and single-serving pumpkin desserts like my Pumpkin Mug Cake

But the icing on top of the cake (or should I say the icing on top of this bread?) is a fabulous brown butter and maple glaze. Pumpkin bread is good, but pumpkin bread with maple glaze? It’s a must for your fall and holiday baking!

Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Puree VS. Canned Pumpkin

Here’s the thing. If you take a spoonful of pumpkin puree and a spoonful of canned pumpkin puree, you’ll come to one ultimate conclusion: pumpkin tastes like pumpkin. You really can’t tell the difference between the two until you add some sugar and bake with it. 

Sliced pumpkin bread with a glaze on top.

What’s better: fresh pumpkin or canned pumpkin?

The answer is — it really depends! Canned pumpkin is very convenient, all you have to do is crack open a can, and you’re good to go. Homemade pumpkin puree is also very simple, but there are a few more steps. (It’s very similar to roasting a typical squash. Here’s my recipe.)

The big difference between canned and fresh pumpkin puree is texture. I find homemade pumpkin puree to be more velvety, but both work wonderfully in this recipe. 

What You Need To Make Pumpkin Bread

How To Make Pumpkin Bread With Maple Glaze

This delicious bread and maple glaze come together in about an hour, and most of it is spent hands-off in the oven. Here’s how you make it(and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix pumpkin puree, sugar, oil, milk, and eggs until well combined.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients of flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir well and then gradually pour this mixture into your mixture of wet ingredients. Stir until combined completely. 
  3. Pour the mixture into a prepared buttered and parchment paper-lined 9″x5″ loaf pan.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for 55-65 minutes. You will know the pumpkin bread is done by inserting a toothpick into the center, and it comes out clean.

You can start to make the maple glaze as the bread cools.

  1. In a small saucepan or the microwave, gently melt your butter.
  2. Remove butter from heat and allow it to cool slightly. Then, stir in the powdered sugar and maple syrup until the glaze has formed. If it is too thick, thin it out with a little milk. 
  3. Once the loaf has cooled, but still warm in the pan, pour the glaze over it and let it set for about 30 minutes. 

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Pumpkin Bread

  • Use my Homemade Pumpkin Puree to ensure a great pumpkin flavor and moist pumpkin bread!
  • DON’T over mix your batter. You want it to be just combined, otherwise, the bread will be too dense. 
  • Let your eggs, butter, and pumpkin puree come to room temperature before using. It will ensure your bread is light and prevent the batter from forming clumps. 
  • Instead of white sugar, use brown sugar. This will make the bread taste more caramel-y.
  • You can replace the eggs in this recipe by following my Egg Substitutes Chart.
  • For an added treat, add mini bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped nuts. Instead of the maple glaze in this recipe, try topping pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting.

My easy pumpkin bread is the best-ever, and this picture shows a loaf sliced and ready to serve.

How To Store Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the pumpkin bread, without the glaze, in plastic wrap and a ziplock bag. Allow it to thaw on the counter for at least 2 hours before serving.

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