Make this moist quick bread all autumn long. The ginger and pumpkin flavors blend together nicely in this sweet dessert bread.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
2 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter and flour two 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch (6-cup) loaf pans (see note, below); set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugars, pumpkin, melted butter, and eggs; add flour mixture, and stir until just combined.

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  • Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of loaves comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes; invert pans and transfer loaves to a wire rack to cool completely. Glaze, if desired.

Cook's Notes

Prepare the loaf pan: when the pan is well buttered and floured, the loaf is easy to release and has neat sides. Using a pastry brush, spread room-temperature butter on the inside of the pan, including corners. Dust the pan with flour to coat butter completely. To get rid of excess flour, invert pan and tap over sink.

Reviews (52)

357 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 86
  • 4 star values: 135
  • 3 star values: 86
  • 2 star values: 41
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2017
I didn't have light-brown sugar so I used dark-brown. I used salted butter and omitted the salt. It turned out fabulous. Even my 97-year-old mother who doesn't eat quick breads had several slices.
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2017
Lovely moist cake. I also added pumpkin spice too. Made a dozen little pumpkins (cupcake size) in my nordic ware pumpkin patch pan. Everyone loved it.
Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2016
This was an easy bread to bake and came out exactly like the picture. I added on the second pair of loaves 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips at the end of mixing and I baked it if for 5 more minutes, and they tasted great. The bread was super yummy! Big hit among my small kids and my big kids and the "I DON'T EAT PUMPKIN" eaters. Yay!
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Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2014
I made this recipe as written, making two loaves. Came out perfectly and rose just like in pic. Beautiful! Made with icing glaze. I felt that the flavor was one dimensional and couldn't really taste the pumpkin at all. Maybe next time I will use pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or my own concoction to bring out the flavors more. Or maybe more pumpkin. It was perfectly proportioned in two 9"x5" nonstick pans. I used lots of butter and a little flour dusted in the pans and they popped out undamaged.
Rating: Unrated
11/10/2014
I'm am going to have to try this and compare to my favorite pumpkin bread recipe. I add FRESH grated ginger, not powdered, and the taste is fantastic.
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2014
I've made this every year since it was first published in Every Day Food. It's my favorite pumpkin bread recipe. This year I added a tsp of cinnamon in addition to the 2 tsp of ginger and was really pleased with the results. Other than that, I have never made modifications to the recipe. I also recommend using metal loaf pans as it allows the bread to brown better and rise more evenly.
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Rating: Unrated
11/03/2013
this is a wonderful recipe! I used 1 tsp pumpkin spice and 1 tsp ginger, might add a little more spice to it next time, but is still wonderful as is!
Rating: Unrated
02/03/2013
Very tasty and good texture -- crunchy outside and very moist inside. It certainly does not take 2 hours and 40 minutes total as the recipe currently says, even if you only have one loaf pan and have to bake the loaves separately.
Rating: 4 stars
11/21/2012
Just tried this recipe last night..It's simple and light in fall flavor. I added one tsp of cinnamon but would add a little more next time and a dash more nutmeg..but I love cinnamon! Served warm it's lovely with tea. I made mini-loaves, some with the glaze, some without, a very tasty touch.
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2012
I halved the recipe as I didn't need two loaves and am loving the results. This loaf comes together in minutes and it is refreshing to know you don't always need the usual pumpkin pie spice combination for a truly winning Autumnal treat. I skipped the glaze and served it warm with homemade ice cream.
Rating: Unrated
07/07/2012
This recipe makes you feel like a true homemaker and is perfect in the fall. You can even omit the icing and have it with butter for breakfast. Delicious!
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2011
Turned out great, divided into 4 small loaf pans for Holiday gifts
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2011
Love this recipe!!! Made it last year and made it again this year. Had to hide the second loaf from my husband so we would have some for Thanksgiving day!!
Rating: Unrated
11/05/2011
This recipe was not the best. I think if you added less ginger it would have been better. Will try that next time!
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2011
BEST pumpkin loaf EVER!
Rating: Unrated
10/03/2011
This is my favourite fall recipe! I love that it makes two loaves...one to give and one to keep!
Rating: Unrated
09/12/2011
I've been making this every autumn since the recipe appeared in Everyday Food. I love it! I'm looking forward to it this year -- soon I hope (summer is lingering). The best was when I had some leftover mascarpone cheese that had been mixed with a little cream, honey and orange zest for another recipe... it is delicious spread on top!
Rating: Unrated
12/30/2010
Love this recipe! As a nice addition I grated in a bit of fresh ginger then folded in rum-soaked raisins at the end. For the raisins, I soaked golden raisins in spiced rum in a mason jar for a couple of days in advance then strained them very well the day used them in the recipe. I reserved the "raisin rum" for the glaze. Heavenly!
Rating: Unrated
12/19/2010
I loved this recipe! Made it twice this weekend and the first time followed it to the letter (except I used smaller mini loaf pans) The second time I made it I only used one stick of butter and a larger can of pumpkin puree
Rating: Unrated
11/23/2010
Loved this easy recipe. I added chopped dates, walnuts and dried cranberries. Wonderful toasted for breakfast!
Rating: Unrated
10/11/2010
Great recipe. I omit 1t of ginger and add a heaping tablespoon of pumkin pie spice and it turns out great!
Rating: Unrated
12/17/2009
Delicious and so easy to make! It was even yummy without the glaze. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
Rating: Unrated
11/17/2009
This was a hit and super easy to make, too. I used one loaf pan and added a little cinnamon, and let it bake a little longer until toothpicks came out clean. I'll definitely be making this again.
Rating: Unrated
11/09/2008
I used homemade pumpkin puree for this bread. I also used just one loaf pan as opposed to two. Two is just too much for the batter. I baked it for about an hour to get the middle baked. I added a tsp of cinnamon, as well and Overall, the bread was amazing! Everyone should use this recipe!
Rating: Unrated
11/08/2008
I substituted 10 Tbsp. of olive oil for the butter. I tried this because a similar recipe that my mom gave me used oil and it was delicious. I also added a little cinnamon. It worked-the recipe was moist and flavorful without the glaze.
Rating: Unrated
10/27/2008
is there a way to find the nutritional value on this? Am I just over looking it somewhere?
Rating: Unrated
10/23/2008
great recipe. mild flavor. good with or without icing!
Rating: Unrated
10/14/2008
What a wonderful recipe! I didn't have two 8n n x 4n n pans, so instead, I used a standard bundt pan. I baked it at 350, and checked after 45 minutes. I believe it was closer to 55 minutes, but I may be wrong (just keep checking) Anyhow, it was a beautiful cake, perfectly risen, moist, and such a gorgeous color.
Rating: Unrated
10/12/2008
This bread has a wonderful flavor. I, also added about a half tsp of pumpkin pie spice in addition to the ginger. Ok, to the person who commented about their bread not rising like the picture--mine didn't either! I have come to the conclusion that this should have been baked in one pan and not two. I don't think the batter is enough for two loaf pans, and that is why we had those results. I would definitely make this again, but next time I will only use one pan. I'm sure it will be ok then.
Rating: Unrated
10/09/2008
Short storage, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it. Longer storage, I'd wrap well in plastic wrap and freeze. Many breads of this sort freeze very well. Hope this helps!
Rating: Unrated
10/09/2008
Short storage, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it. Longer storage, I'd wrap well in plastic wrap and freeze. Many breads of this sort freeze very well. Hope this helps!
Rating: Unrated
10/09/2008
Short storage, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it. Longer storage, I'd wrap well in plastic wrap and freeze. Many breads of this sort freeze very well. Hope this helps!
Rating: Unrated
10/09/2008
Short storage, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it. Longer storage, I'd wrap well in plastic wrap and freeze. Many breads of this sort freeze very well. Hope this helps!
Rating: Unrated
10/09/2008
Short storage, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it. Longer storage, I'd wrap well in plastic wrap and freeze. Many breads of this sort freeze very well. Hope this helps!
Rating: Unrated
09/21/2008
Can anyone recommend how to store the finished bread?
Rating: Unrated
09/20/2008
I tried this recipe today exactly as the instructions say, but didn't have great results. The bread didn't rise at all leaving me with bread only about 1 inch tall. Mine also seemed more cooked on the outside than the inside and I even left it in the oven 53 minutes. The flavor is ok, but not great. I did use silicone loaf pans. Could this keep my bread from rising? I probably won't try this recipe again.
Rating: Unrated
09/18/2008
I've made several pumpkin bread recipes in the past and I have to say this one is the best one so far. I did 'cheat' a bit. I added 2 tbsp of pumpkin spice and some walnuts to the mixture. It was just wonderful. I'm going to try using cupcake tins and spread cream cheese frosting with walnuts on top :-) Thanks Martha!
Rating: Unrated
09/09/2008
I have made this recipe many times now and each time it is just wonderful. I love the bright orange color and the ginger flavor is just right. I also added pecans to mine and sprinkled the top with Demerara sugar (found in baking aisle). They are golden brown sugar crystals that when sprinkled on top of baked goods produces a delightful crunchy texture with a rich aroma. You will not be disappointed by this recipe. It also doubles and triples well for gift giving.
Rating: Unrated
02/18/2008
Wonderful. Like Ernae I wanted to use up some canned pumpkin. I was hesitant that I would like it because there was not traditional cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice in it. But it is a wonderful combination of flavor! A great twist on an old fav. Also I was out of ground ginger and subsituted 1T fresh pureed ginger - awesome! Doesn't need glaze
Rating: Unrated
01/24/2008
I was desperate to use some of the cans of canned pumpkin puree in my cabinet, so I made this even though I didn't have ANY ginger in the house. I substitued alspice, cinammon, and nutmeg. It still tasted great. I skipped the glaze all together.
Rating: Unrated
01/23/2008
I made this bread today
Rating: Unrated
01/23/2008
I love this bread! I made it at least 10 times when it was originally published. It's wonderful with crystallized ginger in batter or as a topping. Also, make glaze with fresh oj - nicely compliments the pumpkin and ginger. Coming back to this recipe today, I found that I don't have ground ginger. I subbed 1 TSB of fresh grated ginger with fantastic results. Thanks Everyday Food folks for a wonderful, flexible recipe!
Rating: Unrated
01/23/2008
I made this about ten times when the recipe was originally published and it was always a big hit. Some variations I have tried are adding crystallized ginger to batter or to glaze, glaze made with fresh oj, no glaze - nuts and crystallized ginger sprinkled on before baking. Today I have come back to this recipe and have found I have no ground ginger. As I had fresh I used 1 TBSP. fresh grated ginger (added to wet ingredients) with fantastic results! What a great, flexible recipe!! Thanks Everyday Food folks!
Rating: Unrated
01/18/2008
Molto delicioso! Great for desert or breakfast especially if you don't use the glaze.
Rating: Unrated
01/07/2008
Excellent dessert. One of the moistest breads I've ever tasted. I didn't have any ginger so I used a dash of allspice- and it was great. I also used a bundt pan instead of loaf pans and cooked it for the same amount of time and it turned out wonderful. Didn't really like the sugar glaze- it was okay, but a dab of butter would do just fine! :-)
Rating: Unrated
12/18/2007
Alright, it's out, cooled, and glazed....and it's delicious! Very moist and with only a hint of ginger and lightly sweet. Very good!I had to bake them longer than instructed. I made a 6-cup loaf pan and a smaller 3-cup loaf pan (told you that batter was good!!). The 6-cup needed another 15 minutes. The 3-cup was fine at 45 minutes.
Rating: Unrated
12/18/2007
Oh my...I might have to make a second batch...my first one only JUST went in the oven and I can't stop snacking on the batter for the second. It's so-o-o-o good even before it's baked!! (Is this pathetic or what?) I'll let y'all know how it turns out when it's finally out of the oven.
Rating: Unrated
11/26/2007
If you use frozen pumkin besure to drain it. Pumkin contains a good deal of water
Rating: Unrated
11/22/2007
i subsitute 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice for the 2 tsp of ginger, add semi-sweet chocholate chips [or crushed walnuts] and make it into one bread and one tray of muffins.
Rating: Unrated
11/20/2007
To change this to a pumpkin pie flavored bread, change spices to 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp clove. Excellent flavor.
Rating: Unrated
11/18/2007
I tried this recipe and, although the flavor was great, It did not cook well--overdone on the outside, underdone on the inside. The temperature on my oven is accurate. I think the temp should be at 350, not 375.
Rating: Unrated
11/06/2007
add nuts