“Holy Crap This is Good” Pumpkin Bread

This pumpkin bread earned me the following unsolicited tweet from my boyfriend: “You can all stop making pumpkin bread now, @penneysage just won. Holy crap this is good.”

Combining recipes from My Baking Addiction and Allrecipe’s  with a desire to make the bread a tad bit healthier so I could feel better about eating multiple servings a day, I may have stumbled upon the perfect pumpkin bread:


1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1/3  cup vegetable oil (I used peanut oil)
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2/3 cup water
2 tsps pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsps baking soda
1 1/2 tsps kosher salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp + ground ginger
1 TBS butter (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8.5 x 4 x 2.5 inch loaf pans. Or, since I only own one loaf pan I substituted a second glass pie pan. This was perhaps the best decision I made all day. Not only did the pie pan version cook faster, but there were no burned edges or a raw center that sometimes happens with loaf breads. It’s like a cross between cornbread and gingerbread and pumpkin pie. {Pause for a moment and take that in.}

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine pumpkin, eggs, oil, water, vanilla, applesauce and sugar until well blended.

3. Add all the dry ingredients, layering in the order listed, then mix until just blended. Pour batter into the prepared pans. It will be a thin batter; don’t worry.

5. Bake in preheated oven. For the circular pie pan, bake ~45 minutes. For the loaf, bake 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the center doesn’t jiggle. As soon as the bread emerges from the oven, melt 1/2 TBS butter over the top.

I’ll likely enjoy this toasted and topped with cream cheese in the morning, but whipped cream or ice cream or butter would rock too. Perhaps I’ll have another wedge with tea a a night cap.

One thought on ““Holy Crap This is Good” Pumpkin Bread

  1. While making this again, I realized I didn’t mention in the instructions when to add the applesauce. My apologies! It goes in with the pumpkin and other wet stuff. Also, if you’re out of cloves, 1 tsp of allspice suffices.

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