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I Have Made This Pumpkin Bread Recipe Approximately 231,945 Times. Still Awesome.

Yesterday I attended my first Chicago Food Swap since April because my crazy schedule prohibited me from attending the summer swaps. I was doubly excited for this one because our host (who generously donated the space!) was Dave at the new Savory Spice Shop in Lincoln Square. Lincoln Square is a German neighborhood in Chicago so I bet you can imagine how happy I was to make the drive. I asked Jim if he wanted to tag along and then grab dinner at the Chicago Brauhaus, where they’re currently celebrating Oktoberfest*, and he was all in.

The swap was as fun as it always is, and we returned home with peanut butter cups, homemade Garam Masala (an Indian spice mix: thanks, Emily!), applesauce, apple pie filling, spicy chickpeas, goat cheese and black bean dip, blueberry syrup, freshly picked herbs, and a few other goodies!

What did I swap? I brought loaves of my famous chocolate chip banana bread as well as some pumpkin bread, another family favorite. I have literally made this pumpkin bread since kindergarten when my mom came in and helped my class bake it.

In my quest to not actually become a food blogger while I, at the same time, try out food blogger-ish things in my now-occasionally regular posts about food, I got myself a recipe plug-in to make the recipe look all attractive for you and such, not to mention easy to print. But first, look at this adorable recipe card I handwrote for my Grandma back in the day:

And now, the updated, legible (and not as cute but pretty close) version. Make this for your family and they will follow you anywhere. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread
I have been making this pumpkin bread, a family favorite, since kindergarten. Literally. (My class made it together!) I am giving credit for the recipe to my mom even though I'm not 100% sure it's her recipe, but it she was my room mom that year and she's always had mad baking skillz so I think that makes sense, don't you?
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
  1. 3/4 cup butter
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 cups flour
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  9. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  11. 1 (16 oz.) can of pumpkin
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg together and set aside.
  3. Mix sugar and butter.
  4. Add eggs.
  5. Beat in pumpkin.
  6. Add flour mixture and beat *only* until combined.
  7. Pour into two lightly greased loaf pans and bake for one hour, fifteen minutes at 325 degrees. (Test with a toothpick, which should come out clean.)
  1. This pumpkin bread can be frozen; I often double the recipe so I've got some backups on hand!
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*Remind me sometime to tell you about how, at the Chicago Brauhaus, our group became contestants in a yodeling contest, how Tracey and Jim won that contest, and how we think Michelle might have gotten engaged to the guitar player in the oompa band after he played her request. It’s a great story.

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  • Shannon October 7, 2013, 7:44 am

    Sounds like delicious bread and a great time at the Brauhaus. Why am I not surprised that Tracey won the yodeling contest?

    • Melisa Wells October 7, 2013, 10:16 am

      Right? She seems like she’d be a natural but we were all shocked at how good she was at it! I started screaming like crazy, just like I did at the BlogHer Fashion Show. So exciting. LOL!

  • Liz October 7, 2013, 8:19 am

    Love that you still have your handwritten recipe card, totally frame-worthy!

    • Melisa Wells October 7, 2013, 10:15 am

      Agreed! Also, my handwriting was way better back then than it is now. I usually blame it on computers but now that I’ve seen your handwriting I don’t think I can use that excuse anymore. Guess I need to write “I will have nice handwriting” 1000 times or something, to practice. πŸ™‚

  • Grandma W October 7, 2013, 9:24 am

    I love it. Just so you may have forgotten I have the original copy that each one of the students had to write to take home after we made it. On that special lined paper ( when you first learn to write.)
    I was just getting ready to make them myself, also the chocolate chip banana cake. I have 12 people coming for dinner Saturday so I wanted to get ahead start. Main item is the Julie & Irv burgers. I can’t wait.
    Grandma W

    • Melisa Wells October 7, 2013, 10:15 am

      I did forget that! That’s really cool!

  • Emily October 7, 2013, 10:19 am

    So glad I got some of this bread. Zoe and I gobbled it up at breakfast.

  • Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian October 7, 2013, 11:30 am

    Nice meeting you yesterday!

  • Patty October 7, 2013, 2:20 pm

    I am so making this! Love the recipe plugin to make it look pretty. I know there is something else you made that I pinned. Keep the food post coming! πŸ™‚

    • Melisa Wells October 7, 2013, 2:25 pm

      Uh…HOW was I not following you on Pinterest????? Fixed!

  • mags October 7, 2013, 8:17 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture of the recipe, Missy. πŸ™‚

  • Mom24_4evermom October 22, 2013, 8:41 am

    Thanks for sharing. Jacob and Julianna LOVE pumpkin bread.