This year we are spending our first Thanksgiving with our immediate family on the west coast. It’s wonderful to be here, while at the same time we miss all of our friends and extended family on the east coast. Cooking favorite Thanksgiving recipes can help bring back memories of past Thanksgivings and helps make the extended family seem not so far away. One of the favorite recipes in the family is Aunti M’s Autumn Pumpkin Bread. You can be sure this delicious bread will be on our Thanksgiving table this year.autumn pumpkin bread

Aunti M always made two small loaves and used foil pans. This made the bread easy to travel with and you didn’t need to worry about remembering any pans if you were bringing the bread to another house for the Thanksgiving meal. I’ve made this recipe using large pans and small pans, if you use the larger size bread pans you will need to cook it longer.autumn pumpkin bread

We will have a large gathering this year so I may have to double the recipe and make four small loaves. This bread can be made with or without nuts. I’ve made it with both walnuts and pecans. We have a granddaughter with nut allergies so I will be making the bread without any nuts.autumn pumpkin bread

Autumn Pumpkin Bread


1/3 cup butter

1 1/3 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 2/3 cup sifted flour

¼ tsp. Baking powder

1 tsp. Baking soda

¾ tsp. Salt

½ tsp. Cinnamon

¼ tsp. Cloves

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/3 cup water

1 cup nuts (optional)


Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs. Sift the dry ingredients in another bowl and add to the creamed mixture alternately with the pumpkin and water. Pour the mixture into 2 small greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes.autumn pumpkin bread

Aunti M’s notes: I always use foil pans (4 ½ x 3 ½) since you are left with ½ can of pumpkin, I have doubled the recipe and it came out fine. Freezes well and is delicious with cream cheese.autumn pumpkin bread

12 comments on “Autumn Pumpkin Bread

Almas.nathoo on November 16, 2018 8:18 pm

Hi Nancy,
Nice to see your pumpkin cake. I am baking my pumpkins so that I can make cakes and save some pumpkins for my soup in coming days.
I would like to ask as why do we have to put water because reason being the water make your cake not “rise” just a banana cake does.
I will happy to get your explanation dear. I hope you remember me because I get your emails on yahoo .com.
Almas Nathoo

Nancy Wolff on November 16, 2018 9:07 pm

I never questioned why you added the water, the recipe came from my husband’s aunt. I suspect it was perhaps to lighten up the batter just a bit so the bread would not be too dense? I’ll bet your house must smell wonderful. I am cooking my last pumpkin today! More Autumn Pumpkin Bread to come! 🙂

Alice V on November 19, 2018 12:08 am

I love anything with pumpkin in it. I have yet to try and make a bread. Your recipe looks great though.

Amy on November 19, 2018 12:23 am

This bread looks fabulous. Food and memories go together and make more memories. Found you at Over the Moon. Happy Thanksgiving.

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome on November 19, 2018 4:07 am

Thanks for sharing at the What’s for dinner party. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving.

Nancy Wolff on November 19, 2018 7:51 pm

I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving as well!

Marilyn on November 25, 2018 8:15 pm

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Nancy Wolff on November 26, 2018 1:16 am

Thank you so much for featuring my Autumn Pumpkin Bread!

April J Harris on November 26, 2018 1:04 pm

It’s so lovely you are still using this treasured family recipe. What a wonderful way to include those who have gone before in our celebrations! your Pumpkin Bread looks delicious, Nancy. Sharing on the H&S Facebook page. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! Hope to see you again this week!

Nancy Wolff on November 26, 2018 3:50 pm

I love the family treasured recipes! Some of them I make every year! 🙂

Miz Helen on November 27, 2018 8:27 pm

I would love to have a slice of your Autumn Pumpkin Bread! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and don’t forget to bring your Cookie Recipes to the Holiday Cookie Exchange Link Party!
Miz Helen

Dee | Grammy's Grid on December 2, 2018 10:48 pm

Thank you Nancy for linking up with us at the #BloggingGrandmothers End of the Year Link Party 2018! Party ends January 5, links are unlimited so feel free to add more!

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