Grandma's Pumpkin Bread with Raisins and Pecans

This pumpkin bread recipe with raisins and pecans has been handed down through 4 generations of my family and it makes 2 loaves. Over time, the recipe has changed a bit to accommodate more modern ingredients. It is the the best pumpkin bread recipe I have come across yet.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
2 loaves


  • 2 ⅔ cups white sugar

  • cup shortening

  • 1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin puree

  • 4 eggs

  • cup water

  • 3 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • cup pecan nuts

  • cup raisins


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

  2. Cream sugar and shortening in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Stir in pumpkin puree, eggs, and water. Mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and baking powder in a separate bowl; stir into the egg mixture. Fold in pecans and raisins. Spoon equal amounts of batter into the prepared loaf pans.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 70 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool completely.

Cook's Note:

Feel free to substitute walnuts for the pecans.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

253 Calories
9g Fat
41g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 253
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 319mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 114mg 2%

* 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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