Holiday Pumpkin Bread with Orange Glaze

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My grandmother and I always make tons of these at Christmas time to give as gifts. It isn't the holidays without this dessert. Not only are they delicious, they're freezer-friendly! I would classify these in the same family as banana bread (sweet loaf) rather than 'bread.'

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
2 loaves


  • 1 serving nonstick cooking spray


  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 1 (15 ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin puree

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 cup raisins

Orange Glaze:

  • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • 6 teaspoons orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts, or as desired


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray two 9x5-inch loaf pans with cooking spray.

  2. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  3. Mix sugar, pumpkin, oil, and eggs together using an electric mixer in a large bowl until well blended. Mix in flour mixture until well combined. Stir in walnuts and raisins by hand. Divide batter between the prepared pans.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaves comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove loaves from the pans and let cool completely, about 15 minutes more.

  5. Combine confectioners' sugar, orange juice, and orange zest in a small bowl. Stir using a spoon to blend well. Spoon glaze over the top of cooled loaves, letting excess run down the sides. Sprinkle with additional 1 tablespoon walnuts before glaze hardens.

Cook's Note:

Be sure not to get canned pumpkin pie filling. Solid-packed pumpkin is also labeled as pumpkin puree or "100% pumpkin."

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

343 Calories
13g Fat
54g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 343
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 227mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 138mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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