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Libby’s Pumpkin Bread

Libby’s pumpkin bread recipe is the perfect fall treat. Moist, sweet, and soft, it’s made with canned pumpkin and a delicious blend of spices. This 1 loaf pumpkin bread is so delicious and easy to throw together!

slices of Libby's pumpkin bread on a white plate with cinnamon sticks.

Single loaf pumpkin bread with canned pumpkin

Nothing tastes quite like homemade pumpkin bread as the months grow colder. Over the years, I’ve tried many pumpkin bread recipes. Some were great, others not so much.

But Libby’s pumpkin bread, together with our condensed milk pumpkin bread and Downeast Maine pumpkin bread, has become a favorite.

This moist pumpkin bread is simply irresistible! It has a tender crumb, rich texture, and is infused with the delicious flavors of pumpkin and cozy spices in every bite.

You can double the recipe to share this pumpkin goodness with your family, friends, and neighbors. It makes great holiday gifts!

And for more pumpkin recipes, try Libby’s pumpkin roll, Libby’s pumpkin muffins, and Libby’s pumpkin cookies.

Libby's pumpkin bread ingredients.

Ingredients

This Libby’s pumpkin bread is made with easy-to-find ingredients, most of which are common pantry and fridge staples. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full amounts.

  • Canned pumpkin: You probably already guessed it, the recipe calls for Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin. Libby’s really is the best canned pumpkin. It’s thick and flavorful, and not watery or dull like some other brands. We’ll use only 1 cup of pumpkin puree, not the whole can.
  • All-purpose flour gives structure to the bread.
  • Sugar: White granulated sugar provides sweetness.
  • Vegetable oil keeps the bread moist for days.
  • Eggs help to bind everything together.
  • Spices: Libby’s recipe includes pumpkin pie spice and extra nutmeg. To whip up your own pumpkin pie spice, combine 1 tsp ground cinnamon + 1/2 tsp ground ginger + 1/4 tsp ground cloves.
  • Salt helps to balance out the sweetness.
  • Baking powder is the leavening agent and gives the pumpkin bread a rise.

Best loaf pan for Libby’s pumpkin bread recipe

You can bake the simple pumpkin bread in one of the following options:

  • Wide loaf: 9 in x 5 in / 23 cm x 13 cm loaf pan
  • Tall loaf: 8 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in / 22 cm x 11 cm loaf pan
  • Muffin pan: If you don’t have a loaf pan, bake the recipe in a lined muffin pan at 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4 for 20 to 25 minutes.

How to make Libby’s pumpkin bread

If you’re looking for a delicious pumpkin bread with canned pumpkin, you have come to the right place! This 1 loaf pumpkin bread recipe is so simple, you’ll be able to prep it in just 10 minutes. Let’s bake!

#1: Prep

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4.
  • Lightly grease a 9 in x 5 in / 23 cm x 13 cm loaf baking pan with vegetable oil and line with a piece of parchment (baking) paper. Let the paper overhang on 2 sides so it is easier to lift the bread out of the pan later on.
step 2 combine dry ingredients.

#2: Combine dry ingredients

  • Stir together the flour, spices, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
step 3 mix wet ingredients.

#3: Mix wet ingredients

  • Whisk together the sugar, pumpkin, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
step 4 create batter.

#4: Create batter

  • Then stir in the flour mixture alternating with the water in 2 installments.
step 5 bake pumpkin bread.

#5: Bake pumpkin bread

  • Pour the bread batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake the bread for 60 to 75 minutes, or until the bread is fully cooked through.
  • To test the doneness, insert a toothpick or skewer into the thickest part of the bread. The bread is ready if it comes out clean (no liquid batter).

#6: Cool

  • Allow the pumpkin bread to cool completely on a cooling rack before removing it from the pan.
Pumpkin bread with canned pumpkin.

Baking tips

Homemade pumpkin bread is one of the best fall bakes you’ll ever make! My baking tips will help you achieve success with Libby’s pumpkin bread recipe.

Mixing the batter

  • Measure the flour correctly: Too much flour can result in dry pumpkin bread. Never scoop flour directly from the bag as this compacts the flour. Instead, use a spoon to fluff up the flour inside the container. Then spoon it into your measuring cup and level off the excess with a knife.
  • Sift dry ingredients: For moist, tender bread without clumps of dryness, sift your dry ingredients before adding them to the batter.
  • Use room temperature eggs: Leave your eggs sit on the counter for 30 minutes to an hour to warm up. Room temperature eggs incorporate better and create a more even batter.
  • Avoid overmixing: Overmixing activates gluten, which produces tough, dense bread. Instead, mix the liquid and dry ingredients just until you no longer see streaks of flour.
  • Less sweet: As written, Libby’s pumpkin bread turns out relatively sweet. If you prefer less sweet, prepare the recipe with only 1 cup sugar.

Baking pumpkin bread

  • Parchment paper sling: I recommend lining the loaf pan with an oversized piece of parchment paper. Doing so will allow you to lift the baked bread out of the pan by pulling up the paper flaps.
  • Baking time: Bake times can vary based on the oven calibration and will be between 60 to 80 minutes. For me, the sweet spot is 75 minutes.
  • Tent the loaf: To prevent over-browning, tent the loaf pan with tin foil after 35 minutes of baking. This will protect the top of the pumpkin bread from burning.
  • How to know when the bread is done: Libby’s pumpkin bread is done when the top domes and the crack down the middle no longer looks moist. A toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf should come out clean.
1 loaf pumpkin bread recipe.

Variations

You can’t go wrong with this 1 loaf pumpkin bread recipe. But switching things up is always fun! Let’s have a look at some ways you can customize this recipe:

  • Brown sugar: Swap out the white sugar for brown sugar. Brown sugar adds more moisture and a slight toffee aroma, which is so delicious with pumpkin.
  • Melted butter: Feel free to swap out the vegetable oil for 1/2 cup melted butter. Butter lends the bread a rich, buttery taste.
  • Spices: If you’re not a fan of nutmeg, simply add more pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon.
  • Nuts: For a bit of crunch, stir 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts into the batter.
  • Dried fruit: Enrich Libby’s pumpkin bread with 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins. If adding dried fruit, use only 1 cup of sugar – otherwise, your pumpkin bread might turn out a bit too sweet.
  • Chocolate chips: For extra sweetness, add 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips to the bread. They will melt and create a gooey chocolate chip pumpkin bread.
  • Icing: For a simple icing, whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar + 2-3 tbsp milk + 1 tsp vanilla extract. Drizzle over the cake and let set before serving. Or try my pumpkin bread cream cheese frosting instead!

Serving suggestions

Enjoy Libby’s pumpkin bread at room temperature or warmed. To reheat, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds. It goes great with coffee or tea for breakfast and snacking.

We love it with a pat of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. You could also enjoy it with lingonberry butter, maple butter, or pumpkin butter.

The scrumptious loaf is also delicious for dessert. Serve it with a scoop of praline pecan ice cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup, and you’ve got a tasty fall treat.

Storage instructions

How to store Libby’s pumpkin bread

Once cooled, store the easy pumpkin bread in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic. It will stay fresh at room temperature for 3 to 4 days or in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days.

Leftovers can also be turned into pumpkin bread French toast, the most delicious fall breakfast treat!

Freeze pumpkin bread

After the bread has fully cooled, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-friendly container or large freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

More pumpkin recipes

The best part of the cool weather season is the abundance of pumpkin recipes that warm the body and soul. If you loved this Libby’s pumpkin bread recipe, you’ll enjoy our other autumn favorites too!

Other tasty quick breads

Want more easy bread recipes? Of course, you do! For more inspiration, check out our other quick breads. They are all simple and delicious, and will be a hit with your family!

Libby's pumpkin bread

Libby's Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Libby's pumpkin bread recipe is the perfect fall treat. Moist, sweet, and soft, it's made with canned pumpkin and a delicious blend of spices. This 1 loaf pumpkin bread is so delicious and easy to throw together!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups / 250 g / 9 oz all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups / 300 g / 10.5 oz white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup / 200 g / 7 oz Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup / 80 ml / 2.6 fl oz water

Instructions

  1. Prep. Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4. Lightly grease a 9 in x 5 in / 23 cm x 13 cm loaf baking pan with vegetable oil and line with a piece of parchment (baking) paper. Let the paper overhang on 2 sides so it is easier to lift the bread out of the pan later on.
  2. Combine dry ingredients. Stir together the flour, spices, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. Mix wet ingredients. Whisk together the sugar, pumpkin, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Create batter. Then stir in the flour mixture alternating with the water in 2 installments.
  5. Bake pumpkin bread. Pour the bread batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake the bread for 60 to 75 minutes, or until the bread is fully cooked through. To test the doneness, insert a toothpick or skewer into the thickest part of the bread. The bread is ready if it comes out clean (no liquid batter).
  6. Cool. Allow the pumpkin bread to cool completely on a cooling rack before removing it from the pan.
  7. Serve. Cut the bread into thick slices. Serve the bread slightly warmed or at room temperature. It tastes delicious with a pat of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 142mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 3g

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