I make a lot of pumpkin bread in the fall and winter, and wanted to try out a new recipe. So I decided to try the Pumpkin Loaf from Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins & More by Carole Walter (I made a few small changes, noted in the recipe below). It’s a great basic pumpkin bread recipe–the loaf rises nicely and has a great texture and taste. It’s very good, even without any spread or glaze…
but I also thought it would be yummy with buttercream frosting. And, even better, Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting! So I came up with my own recipe for that and heaped it on the pumpkin bread. The frosting turns this tasty basic loaf of pumpkin bread into a delicious dessert! If you don’t like quite so much frosting, you can halve the frosting recipe. But I like frosting, so I put every last bit of it on the pumpkin loaf!
Here are the recipes for the Pumpkin Loaf and Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting. Makes one 9 x 5″ loaf.
PUMPKIN BREAD by NancyCreative, adapted from Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins and More
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar (I substituted light brown sugar)
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest (I omitted this)
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest (I left this out, too)
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 1/4 cups canned pure pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans or walnuts, optional (I didn’t add the nuts to the batter, but sprinkled them on top of the frosted loaf instead)
Position your oven rack in the middle of the oven, and preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5″ loaf pan; set aside.
Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and allspice in a medium bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined; set aside.
In another bowl, or bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs on medium-high speed for two minutes or until lightened in color. Add the brown sugar, mixing for about 2 minutes, then the granulated sugar, mixing for about 1 minute. Add the orange and lemon zests, if using, and beat for another minute. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
Drizzle in the canola oil with beater on medium-low. Reduce speed to low and add the pumpkin puree. Mix until thoroughly combined. Add the dry ingredients in two additions and blend for 10-15 seconds just until incorporated. Fold in the pecans using a rubber spatula.
Spoon the batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool loaf in pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
If you’re going to frost the loaf, you can make the frosting while the loaf is cooling…
PUMPKIN BUTTERCREAM FROSTING by NancyCreative
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 Tablespoons canned pure pumpkin puree
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons half & half or milk
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional, for sprinkling on top
Cream the butter, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and vanilla, blending well. Add powdered sugar a cup at a time, blending well after each addition. Add half & half or milk and blend well. NOTE: This makes a very thick buttercream frosting. If you want a thinner, creamier frosting, add more half & half or milk until you get the desired consistency.
After frosting the cooled pumpkin loaf, sprinkle with chopped pecans or walnuts if desired.
Frosted or unfrosted, I think you’ll love this pumpkin bread!