Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Visiting the pumpkin patch and the corn maze was a fun fall (autumn) outing for the family. This was especially so when the boys were little. We would pack a lunch and have a picnic at the farm. The boys enjoyed the pony rides, hay rides, and petting zoo. They loved going through the pumpkin patch and selecting the roundest and most even colored pumpkins they could find. Each child was allowed to choose his own pumpkin so that mom could make a pumpkin pie and some pumpkin soup. That was then. Today, only the “older” folks think of the pumpkin patch…..sigh!

This is a recipe I have tweaked and used many times. I usually add a third of a cup each of chopped walnuts and chocolate chips into the mix for a rich and dense loaf. Today, I have decided to use a half cup of toasted pumpkin seeds instead. It is good either way. I hope you will give this Spiced Pumpkin Bread a try.

Spiced Pumpkin Bread
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Serves: 1 loaf
  • 1¼ cup (190g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp cloves
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup (160ml) oil
  • ½ cup (90g) brown sugar
  • ½ cup (120ml) sour cream
  • ¼ cup (60ml) milk
  • 1 cup (250g) pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup (70g) toasted pumpkin seeds
  1. Grease and flour a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  3. In a large bowl, beat egg, oil, and brown sugar. Blend in sour cream, milk, and pumpkin puree. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture. Stir until well combined.
  4. Fold in pumpkin seeds.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in a 350°F (180°C) oven for 60 to 65 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, remove and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

The weather the past weekend was gorgeous and so I took the opportunity to go to the nearest “pumpkin patch” in my area. Pictured below are the different varieties of miniature ornamental pumpkins. Wee Be Little are round and smooth while the Jack Be Little have ridges.

Wee Be Little

Baby Boo are the white ones and the orange ones in the background are Jack Be Little.

Baby Boo



Ornamental Gourds

Ornamental Gourds

Enjoy …..and have a wonderful day! 😎


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  1. says

    Going to the pumpkin patch is a great idea to bring the little ones and spend some quality time together. I’m going to have to try that when my littlest is a bit older, thanks for the wonderful idea Biren! By the way, did you get a new camera? Your pictures look clearer today. Now that K is starting school and they only allow healthy snacks, I’ll have to learn baking all these kinds of wonderful breads. This is a perfect healthy recipe for K to take to school, along with your zucchini bread too! Thank you for sharing! Oh, and those pumpkin names are too cute :-D. Hope you and your boys have a lovely weekend!

    • Biren says

      Yes, going to the pumpkin patch is a fun family outing. I think your kids will really enjoy it. Back in Colorado the boys had a favorite farm we visited every year. We normally spend half the day there.

      No, I did get a new camera. Must be the light colors on this page giving the pictures a nice contrast. So glad to hear that they look clearer. Thanks for the feedback. Have a lovely weekend!

  2. says

    Biren, what a lovely post today! This reminds I visited one of the pumpkin patch when I was in New England and that was amazing.
    Your mold and the tea pot are very beautiful, I love it!

    • Biren says

      Thanks Ann! I do so enjoy the pumpkin patch and every autumn I will buy some of these ornamental pumpkins and gourds to put around the house.

    • Biren says

      Thanks Cristiane! I recently purchased this loaf pan at Michael’s but I’ve also seen the same pan at Williams Sonoma. It’s made by Nordic Ware, here in Minnesota. First time using it and it released beautifully :)

    • Biren says

      I know you would just love fall, Denise – the cooler temps, the color, scents, and of course the food. A trip to the pumpkin patch or the apple orchard is a must. The colors of the maple leaves are already emerging. Perhaps one more week and they will be at their best. Fall is a great time to visit…..

  3. says

    I don’t know if Cinderellie will come for tea, but I will. I’m firing up my broom now!
    This bread looks great, Biren. I love pumpkin too-it’s such a wonderful food. Plus, the time of year that brings it is awesome (smile)…

    • Biren says

      Glad to hear that you are finally havig cooler weather. The momiji must be beautiful right now. They turn such brilliant colors in the fall. Wish I could be there to see it.

  4. says

    Hi Biren,
    Love the new look of the site. I’ve always wanted to visit a pumpkin patch, one of these years I hope. Your spiced pumpkin bread looks delicious. I make spiced pumpkin and corn bread in a similar way. Your photos are so colorful and beautiful.

  5. says

    One of my favorite things about fall is visiting the pumpkin patch! And then coming home to bake a pumpkin treat. Your pumpkin bread looks so pretty! And delicious too!

  6. says

    I love your beautiful pumkin pictures, they make my heart yearn for Fall!

    I wanted to let you know that I’ll be featuring you on my blog this week with a Lovely Blog Award…please stop by my blog to pick up your award!!

  7. says

    Hi Biren, Congratulations on your new site, it looks great.
    Your Pumpkin Bread really looks awesome. Great time to have them this time of the year.
    I’m also loving all your photos and especially your teapot it is soooo “Cinderella-ish.
    Have a great week.

  8. says

    Can’t believe it’s only 2 months away till year end. Here comes Halloween & thanksgiving next. Guess, more pumpkin gourmet coming up to the dining table soon. It’s been ages since I last make some pumpkin baked goodies. What a great reminder.
    Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend, dear.


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