This is an all time, excellent, every time recipe. It is very simple, and so well loved by many. I make these for family, friends, school functions, work functions, for gifts etc. It has always been raved about - even by kids! I recommend bringing this to your Thanksgiving function; you will be thanked many times for this delicious taste treat. This is a large quantity, but you will end up making this size batch more than once. You can also make muffins and small loaves using this recipe; bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
3 - 9x5 inch loaves
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9x5 inch loaf pans.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, oil, sugar, and eggs. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; stir into the pumpkin mixture until well blended. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The top of the loaf should spring back when lightly pressed.

Variations

Add raisins, mini chocolate chips (the best), pecans, or walnuts.

Nutrition Facts

247 calories; protein 3g 6% DV; carbohydrates 36.8g 12% DV; fat 10.3g 16% DV; cholesterol 31mg 10% DV; sodium 231.1mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2008
Your mouth will start to water 40 min. into the baking time as the aroma invades your home!!! Since this makes 3 loaves, it is a great gift to bring over to neighbors and relatives, also great to freeze and have on hand. I will definetly use only half of the oil, and substitute the rest for unsweetened applesauce since it is 10g fat per slice. It stays fresh in the fridge for a little over a week. I had to cook mine for 70-75 min. but that is probably due to my oven.********So I tried this recipe again and put only applesauce and no oil. The result? Better! It is so moist and delicious and healthier! I have made it this way 10 plus times now and I will never go back to putting oil in it! ********This lightened version is: 168 calories, 1 g fat per serving (36 servings). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/26/2010
Scaled this recipe to make 1 9X5 loaf; maybe that was the beginning of the end. I found this bread to be very dry & there was no "pumpkin" flavor at all. I will not make this again it was very disappointing. Sorry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2008
Your mouth will start to water 40 min. into the baking time as the aroma invades your home!!! Since this makes 3 loaves, it is a great gift to bring over to neighbors and relatives, also great to freeze and have on hand. I will definetly use only half of the oil, and substitute the rest for unsweetened applesauce since it is 10g fat per slice. It stays fresh in the fridge for a little over a week. I had to cook mine for 70-75 min. but that is probably due to my oven.********So I tried this recipe again and put only applesauce and no oil. The result? Better! It is so moist and delicious and healthier! I have made it this way 10 plus times now and I will never go back to putting oil in it! ********This lightened version is: 168 calories, 1 g fat per serving (36 servings). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2003
This is really great. The only thing I did differently was I didn't measure out 3 cups of pumpkin. I just used a 28 oz can. You get about a half cup more pumpkin than called for, but it sure doesn't hurt it any, and I have no recipe that only calls for a half cup pumpkin. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2003
Very good for gifts! I even cut back on the sugar and oil slightly for health reasons and no one notices the difference! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2003
This is the best pumpkin bread! I added rum soaked raisins to the batter and I also doubled the spices which really brought out the flavor. Delicious!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2003
I made this recipe for muffins and mini muffins and they were wonderful! I tried a small loaf pan of bread but it seemed to get too done on top before the middle. A dense bread! Excellent for muffins....I took them to preschool for snack and kept some for home! I'll use this one again!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2003
I've made 2 batches of this yummy bread for the holidays as gifts. Of course we taste-tested 1st...really, really good! I added chopped pecans to one batch. ONLY PROBLEM I ENCOUNTERED WAS: had to cook for at least 15 mins longer than recommended for 1st batch...it made 7 mini loaves. 2nd batch I made 3 minis and 1 reg. sz. loaf...cooked 20 mins longer for the lg., 10 mins longer for the minis. Otherwise...GREAT! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2003
I discovered this recipe about a year ago and have made it at least 20 times. Everyone raves about it it is simply delicious! My daughter likes to eat a slice of this bread with a dallop of whipped cream on top- it tastes just like pumpkin pie only better. Highly recommended!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2003
MMMM MMMM MMMMMMMMMMMM!!!! This pumpkin bread recipe is the best ever! I made it last year for the first time and it's wonderful, only change I made is I added more spices and added Craisins to one loaf, chocolate chips to one, raisins to one, and left the rest plain (made a lot). I actually think it's best plain! Oh and the bread has a gorgeous color and TASTE, even my four and five year old cousins loved it! :o) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2003
I've been asked to make this again and again. We added walnuts and/or raisins with yummy results. Little loafs make great winter-holiday gifts. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/26/2010
Scaled this recipe to make 1 9X5 loaf; maybe that was the beginning of the end. I found this bread to be very dry & there was no "pumpkin" flavor at all. I will not make this again it was very disappointing. Sorry. Read More
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