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Gigi's Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Bread

COOK TIME
45 mins
PREP TIME
20 mins
RATE THIS RECIPE
(28)
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Gigi Butler's Banana Bread, Banana Bread Cupcakes, Pumpkin BreadNathan Congleton / TODAY
COOK TIME
45 mins
PREP TIME
20 mins
RATE THIS RECIPE
(28)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin puree (or cubed, cooked fresh)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • Chef notes

    This recipe has been in my family since the late 1800s, passed down from my great-great-grandmother. This bread also inspired the pumpkin spice latte cupcake that’s added to the menu at Gigi’s Cupcakes every fall; it’s one of our most beloved recipes. When I slice this bread it brings back many warm memories—of working at my aunt’s elbow, of making my way through recipes with my mom, of laying out a Thanksgiving spread for the whole family. I love it so much I can eat almost a whole loaf in one sitting! (Seriously, I can!) Put a slab of butter on it and… PERFECTION!

    Technique tip: Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick or knife into the bread—if it comes out clean, the bread is done. 

    Preparation

    1.

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease 2 standard loaf pans.

    2.

    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and spices.

    3.

    Add the pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, and 2/3 cup water.

    4.

    Fold in the pecans, vanilla, and raisins (if desired).

    5.

    Pour the batter into the prepared pans.

    6.

    Bake for 1 hour. When a toothpick comes out clean, it's done.