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Pumpkin Bread Recipe: An Autumn Delight with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

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As the crisp autumn air rolls in, there’s nothing I look forward to more than baking up a batch of my homemade Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Crumb Topping. This delightful pumpkin bread recipe combines the earthy warmth of pumpkin with the comforting sweetness of cinnamon and brown sugar, making it a perfect treat for the fall season. Whether you’re using fresh pumpkin purée from your own homegrown pumpkins or trusty canned pumpkin, this pumpkin bread recipe will fill your home with the irresistible aroma of autumn.

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Fresh Pumpkin Purée or Canned – The Choice is Yours

One of the most rewarding aspects of this pumpkin bread recipe is the flexibility it offers when it comes to the star ingredient: pumpkin purée. I have a pumpkin patch in my backyard, and each year, I eagerly await the harvest season. When it’s time, I pluck those beautiful pumpkins and transform them into velvety, golden purée. There’s something incredibly satisfying about using ingredients I’ve grown with my own hands.

However, I understand that not everyone has the luxury of a pumpkin patch at their disposal, and that’s perfectly fine. Canned pumpkin purée works just as well for this pumpkin bread recipe. It’s convenient, consistent, and available year-round. So, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or simply looking for an easy fall treat, you can confidently proceed with this recipe using either option.

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The Magic of the Crumb Topping

What truly sets this pumpkin bread recipe apart is the delectable crumb topping. As I mix the cold, cubed butter with brown sugar, flour, and a generous helping of cinnamon, I can’t help but anticipate the heavenly result. The streusel-like topping adds a delightful crunch and a rich, caramelized sweetness to each bite, making this pumpkin bread an absolute must-try.

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Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

Creating the Perfect Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Now, let’s dive into the process of creating this scrumptious pumpkin bread. First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare two 8×4-inch bread pans by greasing them or using parchment paper, like I prefer to do for easy removal.

In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, and a medley of warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger. Then, add granulated sugar and brown sugar to the mix and combine thoroughly. You’ll notice the fragrance of these spices blending together, creating a delightful anticipation of the final product.

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Next, it’s time to create a well in the center of your dry mixture and pour in the canola or vegetable oil. Mix until the oil is well incorporated, even though the mixture may still appear somewhat dry at this stage.

Now, add the eggs, two at a time, ensuring you mix well after each addition. The batter might still seem a little dry, but don’t worry – the magic is about to happen. Add in the star of the show, the pumpkin purée, followed by water and a hint of vanilla extract. Mix until the batter comes together beautifully, and that distinct pumpkin aroma fills the room.

Divide this luscious batter evenly between your two prepared pans. Then, it’s time to sprinkle the crumb topping generously over both batters. As the bread bakes, the crumb topping will transform into a golden, crispy layer that perfectly complements the moist, pumpkin-infused bread beneath.

Bake your pumpkin bread for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. If you notice the top is browning too quickly, simply tent a piece of foil over it to prevent over-browning while the center continues to bake to perfection.

Once your bread is done, let it cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before removing them and transferring to a wire rack. This step is crucial to ensure your bread sets properly and maintains its delightful texture.

Finally, when the loaves are completely cooled, slice into generous portions, serve, and savor the irresistible blend of pumpkin, spice, and the delightful crumb topping. Each bite is a warm hug from the season itself.

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Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

Whether you use fresh pumpkin from your garden or canned pumpkin from the store, this Pumpkin Bread recipe with Cinnamon crumb Topping is a true celebration of autumn’s flavors. As you enjoy each slice, you’ll find yourself transported to a cozy, fall-filled paradise where the simple pleasures of baking and sharing warm, delicious food bring people together in the spirit of the season.

pumpkin bread recipe

Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

Barbi Gardiner
Indulge in the flavors of fall with our Pumpkin Bread recipe! Whether you use fresh pumpkin from your garden or canned puree, this moist and spiced bread, topped with a delectable cinnamon streusel, is a seasonal must-try. Perfect for cozy gatherings or a comforting treat, savor the essence of autumn with every bite
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


Pumpkin Bread

  • 3 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs large
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Crumb Topping

  • 1/2 cup butter cold and cubed
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare two 8x4-inch bread pans. To prevent sticking, I recommend lining the bottom with parchment paper and lightly greasing with baking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger. Mix well.
  • Add both granulated sugar and brown sugar to your dry mixture, and mix until they are fully integrated.
  • Create a well in the center of your mixture and introduce the canola or vegetable oil. Stir until the oil is well incorporated, even though the mixture might still seem somewhat dry at this point.
  • Gradually add your eggs, ensuring thorough mixing after each addition. The batter may continue to appear dry, but that's okay.
  • Now, add the pumpkin purée along with the water and vanilla extract. Continue mixing until everything is well combined.
  • Divide the batter equally between your two prepared bread pans. Set them aside momentarily.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. To create the delightful crumb topping, use a fork or pastry cutter to incorporate cold, cubed butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the batter in both pans.
  • Place your bread pans in the preheated oven and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a cake tester emerges clean when inserted.
  • Once the baking is complete, allow your loaves to cool for about 10 minutes inside the pans. After this brief resting period, carefully remove them from the pans and place them on a wire rack to complete the cooling process.
  • With your pumpkin bread now perfectly cooled, it's time to slice, serve, and relish in the delightful flavors of the season. Enjoy!
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2 thoughts on “Pumpkin Bread Recipe: An Autumn Delight with Cinnamon Crumb Topping”

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