Pumpkin Bread Two Ways

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    Pumpkin bread two ways. Make them both and decide your favorite

    Christmas time stresses me out. How many of you are already done shopping and wrapping gifts? I know some of you are and for that, I’m envious. I’m typically really good about getting everyone’s gifts early but I feel like this year, it’s impossible to figure out what everyone wants. I always second guess myself. I’ll buy something for someone but then wonder if they’ll really use it or if they’ll like it. It’s like an eternal debate every day until they open it, and then more than 90% of the time, I say, “if you don’t like it, you can go exchange it.” Haha, I’m sure family members think the same of me, though, when it comes to buying me a present. I’m very impulsive. It’s nearly impossible to buy me a gift because typically, if I want something, I’ll just get it myself. I hate waiting.

    The last few years, I’ve started just ordering everything on the Internet for everyone. I can’t stand the mall during this time of year. The parking lots are ridiculous and people are seriously crazy when you go into the stores. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime ;)

    If I had the time, I’d bake loaves of this pumpkin bread and gift them to people. It’s worth all the calories and I’m sure they’d enjoy it as much as I did. It’s so warm and moist and I love the cinnamon & nutmeg all throughout the bread. I know we might be “over” pumpkin since we’re already heading into December, but I still think that this is a great wintertime bread. I love the cream cheese icing and the optional chocolate chips you can throw into one loaf. The batter makes two loaves, one for you, one for a friend :)

    Pumpkin Bread

    There's always more than one way to make anything, including this pumpkin bread!
    Prep Time: 20 mins
    Cook Time: 55 mins
    Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2 loaves
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 3 cups granulated sugar
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 4 eggs
    • 3 1/3 cup all purpose flour
    • 2 tsp baking soda
    • 1 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
    • 2/3 cup water
    • 1: 15- oz can of pumpkin puree
    • 1-2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional (for one loaf use 1 cup, if two loaves are going to be chocolate chips, use 2 cups)

    For the cream cheese icing

    • 1: 8- oz package of cream cheese, room temperature
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 tbsp milk


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 9x5 loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together sugar and vegetable oil. This is going to look odd, but just keep going. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition.
    • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk to incorporate.
    • Alternate adding the flour mixture and water to the stand mixer, beating well after each addition. Finally, add in the pumpkin puree and beat well.
    • If you're making one loaf without chocolate chips, pour half the batter into a prepared loaf pan then add the chocolate chips to the other half of the batter and stir well to combine, then pour the chocolate chipped batter to the other loaf pan. If you're making both with chocolate chips, then add the chocolate chips in after the pumpkin puree and divide batter evenly. If you're making both without chocolate chips, after the pumpkin puree has been incorporated into the batter, divide it evenly amongst the loaf pans.
    • Bake loaves for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning them onto wire racks to cool completely, preferably overnight.
    • To make the cream cheese icing, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and milk until a thick consistency forms. If it's too runny, add more powdered sugar. If it's too thick, add more milk.
    • Pour over cooled pumpkin loaves. Slice and serve.
    • Store in airtight container for up to 5 days.



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  • Kathryn says:

    This bread looks so great, especially with those chocolate chips and that luscious icing!

  • [email protected] Food Ramblings says:

    I bake when I’m stressed, so lots of goodies have been made but our Christmas tress still isn’t up…whoops :) I want to bake these breads next!

  • Jenny @ BAKE says:

    This pumpkin bread looks amazing! I could not deal with shopping at this time of year, mines all done, but I now have to drag my OH round to do his! amazon it is then!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    Ohhh decisions, decisions! I’ll take both please and thank you!!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    I’ll take both, wrapped up and delivered to my door PALLUZZZ. Can’t wait to see you next week lovey!!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    I am never “over” pumpkin bread! It’s good all year round. :)

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    Julie, I will NEVER be over pumpkin bread.
    And three cheers for online shopping. The parking lot alone is enough to scare me away! I’m done with the easy people (aka girly girls), but am lost on what to get my step dad. Seriously, most middle aged men are impossible to shop for!

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    I definitely do the majority of my xmas shopping online too..no crowds, no lines, no angry holiday shoppers, I can take my time and read reviews…thats the way to go! Though it would be easier if everyone just wanted cookies. haha

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Amazon prime is where it’s at yo! I hate the mall too. So many crazies! I would rather stay home and sip some champagne while eating this pumpkin bread. Amen.

  • Jaclyn says:

    Julie – this looks incredible! I love your photos, close ups are my favorite – so close I can see the spices in that amazing pumpkin bread! And that icing looks like heaven. Now I know what to do with the left over pumpkin in my fridge, thanks so much!

  • carrian says:

    I am totally with you. I hate shopping this time of year.

  • Jessica says:

    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe! Looks amazing!

  • Eman says:

    These look amazing!! But I had a quick question. Does the icing harden upon standing? Because I wanted to wrap them up to give as gifts but I didnt want the icing to get all over the plastic wrap. Thanks! :)

    • Julie says:

      Yes, it does harden up!

  • Tracey says:

    Amazon Prime is the best, that’s my favorite way to Christmas shop too! Love the icing on your bread – such an awesome combo.

  • Gaby says:

    shopping for people stresses me out too!! So I set aside 1 day and bake a billion things and give those as gifts :) My kitchen is a disaster – but at least I dont have to deal with the crowd!! And pumpkin bread is totes the perfect idea to gift!

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says:

    Fantastic sounding bread! I also hate the malls and especially the parking lots but…….I always leave it to around the 18th to start my shopping :/ Good luck!

  • Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    Thank God I’m done all my shopping or I’d be so stressed! I’m totally OCD about the holidays and usually am done all my wrapping by halloween (hides face). Hope you’re having a blast a MIXED! This pumpkin bread looks fabulous!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love pumpkin bread, a perfect holiday gift!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I hate Christmas shopping too. I hate crowds, especially this time of year!

    I would be perfectly happy if someone gave me some of this pumpkin bread!

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    Shopping only stresses me out when I feel like I HAVE to find something. It’s much better when I go with the ‘check and see what’s out there’ attitude.

    I hardly have any gifts, but a few of the harder ones I have figured out at least.

    I love that massive slice of pumpkin bread with the icing!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    I live for pumpkin bread every late fall/early winter :) mmmm

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Gorgeous! I’d definitely love to get a loaf of this for Christmas!

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    Everyone I have to get presents for has everything they want so I’m just making everything homemade. It’s fun. :D

    And this bread looks awesome! Can never get enough pumpkin.

  • Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} says:

    Julie, this looks so bomb!! I’m going to need this!

    My hubby and I gave up giving Christmas gifts a couple of years ago. We just give cash to the nieces and nephew… so the only thing I have to get out to buy is tiny gift bags and tissue paper. It’s quite nice!!! :)

  • Nikki @Pennies on a Platter says:

    Stop debating on what to get me for Christmas and just come visit me with a loaf of this pumpkin bread! ;) heehee! I’m a lover of Amazon Prime, too. And, Amazon wish lists are THE best when the people I buy for actually make one. Otherwise, yep, it’s so hard to decide!

  • Jess Gonzalez says:

    Your photos are so pretty it makes me hungry immediately. I am so done with pumpkin but now…I’m not so sure. ;) Too delicious to resist.

    ~Jess @ feast-with-me.com / onsugarmountain.com

  • Ashton @ Something Swanky says:

    This bread looks SO great! Like, completely perfect. And just so you know– I’m totally giving you props for doing your shopping online! I’m the WORST! I put my shopping off FOREVER, and then decide that I’m going to try making something instead of buying it. And it’ always awful because I’m a sloppy crafter. Everyone hates getting gifts from me! ;)

  • Stephanie says:

    I’ve been told I’m hard to shop for as well. I’m just as impulsive as you are! I don’t see why if I want something, I can’t do the research and buy exactly what I want instead. And yay for pumpkin bread!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I’m totally not over pumpkin! In fact, I could totally go for a slice right now. Oh and… I have the kids presents nearly done. yay amazon!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    I agree. I think this should be everyones gift. This bread looks amazing and it would be a great gift if you ask me ;) So much easier than searching for gifts for people!

  • Andrea says:

    Just ate a slice of this bread- found the recipe on Pinterest. The bread looks beautiful. The texture is perfection- very moist. However, it’s almost like there isn’t enough pumpkin in the recipe for both loaves ): my house never had that lovely pumpkin smell while baking, and the pumpkin taste is lacking. So sad. I added pecans instead of chocolate chips. Overall, the bread is still good- but as far as pumpkin bread, this recipe needs tweaking only because the pumpkin flavor is not very strong. I found crockpot chicken tortilla soup on this site today, I won’t be discouraged! (: hope to try that this weekend!!

    • Julie says:

      Aw such a bummer you couldn’t taste much of the pumpkin! The cinnamon and nutmeg should’ve given that Fall smell! Well, thanks for letting me know, sorry it didn’t turn out the way you envisioned, but I do hope you enjoy the crockpot chicken tortilla soup :)

  • Amber says:

    Can you make this into muffins and they turn out OK?

    • Julie says:

      I’ve never made them into my muffins myself so I can’t tell you if they’ll turn out OK or not, but with my experience, I believe you’d be ok making these into muffins – just keep in mind, since this recipe is for TWO loaves of bread, you will end up with a lot of muffins!

  • TERESA says:

    Sorry, but I’m Spanish and I’m not used to US or UK measurement units… I’m not sure to understand… “1: 15- oz can of pumpkin puree” is about 450 grams, right?
    Thank you! And congratulations for your great blog… and for your new kitchen!

    • Julie says:

      It says on the can 425grams…and thank you for the comment about the kitchen!

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