Sugar and spice, Jennifer's "indestructible" pumpkin bread is so nice.
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 19: Jennifer Garner attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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On the latest episode of her "Pretend Cooking Show," endearingly sweet and joyous Jennifer Garner rose bright and early (5:37 a.m.!) to make her "favorite" pumpkin bread for, what we assume, is a house full of equally sweet and joyous friends and family. Before her more than eight million Instagram followers, Garner measured, poured, divided, added, and subtracted her way to a perfectly fluffy loaf of our top-rated Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread. (There was a lot of math. Garner reduced the recipe from three loaves to just one. Don't worry, she shares her calculations on screen so you can make just one loaf, too.)

Jennifer Garner
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Between all the fractions and math speak, Garner shares that she loves this recipe because it's "indestructible." More than 7,000 Allrecipes users agree, giving the bread a nearly-perfect 4.8 stars.

Despite a little sticky situation with the loaf pan — it happens to the best of us, Jennifer — the pumpkin bread looked positively perfect. We couldn't help but admire the details of her Santa's Sleigh Loaf Pan ($32; Another great pan option, and a perfect pair to the pumpkin bread, is a Harvest Bounty Loaf Pan $22; When in doubt, give it a little more grease. And yes, let it rest for a bit before turning it out onto your cooling rack.

a loaf of pumpkin bread, partially sliced, on a white dish with fall decor in the background
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Jennifer Garner's Favorite Pumpkin Bread Recipe

The original recipe for Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread makes three 3-x-7-inch loaves. Jennifer shared her scaled down version in her Instagram caption, below

Ingredients (after I cut it down to one loaf):

Rounded 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 egg + 1 Tbsp egg ?

3 1/2 Tbsp water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/8 tsp ginger


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, egg(s), oil, water and sugar until well combined.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.

4. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended.

5. Pour into prepared loaf pan.

6. Bake for about 50 minutes, until a toothpick (or knife ???‍♀️?) comes out clean.

7. Yum."