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Samhain Pumpkin Bread


"This recipe was shared with me years ago by a friend. Since then it's been tweaked and modified to its current form. Perfect for Samhain celebrations. The spices in this pumpkin bread blend together nicely, representing all things desired with the promise of new beginnings."
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1 h 30 m servings 197 cals
Original recipe yields 16 servings (2 loaves)

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  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 loaf pans.
  2. Stir the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves together in a large bowl. Whisk together the pumpkin, water, eggs, vanilla, and vegetable oil together in a separate bowl. Gradually pour the wet mixture into the dry while whisking until everything is well mixed. Fold the walnuts into the batter. Divide the batter between the two prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden and springs back when lightly pressed, 50 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool 20 minutes before removing from the pans.


  • Cook's Note:
  • The flour represents fertility and prosperity, the sugar love and passion. Salt stands for protection; the spices for protection, luck, healing, and health. Pumpkin represents abundance, while water is cleansing and eggs symbolize fertility. Vanilla is for love and mental prowess, while nuts represent health and wishes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 197 calories; 6.7 g fat; 32.2 g carbohydrates; 3.1 g protein; 23 mg cholesterol; 261 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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In case you're wondering, Samhain (pronounced Sow-en) is a high holiday for Pagans and is known as Halloween to most everyone. As for the recipe, it rocks! Very moist and just really flavorful;...

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In case you're wondering, Samhain (pronounced Sow-en) is a high holiday for Pagans and is known as Halloween to most everyone. As for the recipe, it rocks! Very moist and just really flavorful;...

I made a few small changes, just to make it a little healthier. I used whole wheat white flour, cut the sugar by half, used homemade organic pumpkin mash, brewed/cooled chai tea instead of water...

Awesome! Coven kids were all over it! Stole one whole loaf before we caught them, and they are picky eaters. Definitely a keeper! With the amount of fertility magick in here, too, it would be gr...

Only small change: I used 1 C. white sugar and 1/2 C. brown. Bread doesn't rise much, and was done in about 45 min. Great flavor!

I LOVE this bread! Have made this several times now and it's been perfect every time. My only modification was skipping the cloves and adding more cinnamon, because I didn't have any cloves arou...

I have no idea what Samhaine means... but.. very good pumpkin bread. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was that the top was sticky (and I just so happen to like a crunchy top). Would make agai...

I used frozen pumpkin puree but didn't quite have enough so I substituted mashed banana. I also used 3/4c white flour, 3/4 c whole wheat flour, 1/4c wheat bran and 1/4c oat bran (extra dry ingr...

Stunning! The BEST! I added dried's lovely, a definite keeper!

Just truly fantastic! Made the house smell wonderful, and the taste was terrific. Husband and two-year-old daughter loved it. Will definitely make this again! Thanks :)