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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
50 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 loaves
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 loaf pans.

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  • 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.

  • 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

197 calories; protein 3.1g 6% DV; carbohydrates 32.2g 10% DV; fat 6.7g 10% DV; cholesterol 23.3mg 8% DV; sodium 261.3mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2009
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 didn't have to tweak it at all. I took it to a potluck celebration and it went over very well. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/19/2012
This one did not work for me. Read More
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57 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2009
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 didn't have to tweak it at all. I took it to a potluck celebration and it went over very well. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2012
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 great for Beltane, substitute apple puree for love and fertility and apple pie spices instead. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2010
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 and melted butter instead of oil. (Low on oil right now.) At the last minute I added one cup of Hershey's cinnamon chips. I got 18 muffins out of one recipe medium sized. 350 for 18 minutes was just right baking time. The flavor of these muffins is wonderful made even better by the addition of cinnamon chips. And the smell while baking? Amazing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2009
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2009
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 around. I found the recipe as written was just right for one 9x5 loaf. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2009
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 again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2010
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 ingredients to account for the moisture in the pumpkin). Some recipes don't do well with flour substitutions but this one is great! My family loves it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2010
Stunning! The BEST! I added dried cranberries...it's lovely a definite keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2009
This is the best pumpkin bread I've ever had! My kids were all over this. I doubled the recipe for two gigantisaurus loaves. Perfect for Samhain perfect for Yule also! Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/19/2012
This one did not work for me. Read More
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