If you’ve ever tasted my mother’s pumpkin bread then it’s likely you’ve never forgotten it. She’s been asked many times over the years if she would make it and sell it. She has never made it to sell but she’s stayed busy through the years just making it for family and friends.
I asked mom recently if she would mind if I shared this much-loved recipe and she happily agreed. I never remember this recipe being new in our family, I’ve been eating it all of my life. So I asked her if she remembered where and when she had received this recipe. She told me that she had received this pumpkin bread recipe tucked inside of a Christmas card. She said that the Christmas card was given to her sometime during the 60’s, at church, from an older woman. This woman had said that she had raised her own children while often feeding them this pumpkin bread, and encouraged my mother, who was then the mother of young children, to give this recipe a try. My mom did and the rest is history in our family.
If a woman who was considered older in the 60s, raised her children on this pumpkin bread recipe, then I would guess that this recipe is close to a hundred years old now, and possibly older.
This recipe has what I would consider to be an old-fashioned taste to it. Its flavor is simple but delicious. It has a rich pumpkin flavor and enough sweetness to satisfy a sweet tooth like mine without being overly sweet.
You probably have most of the ingredients on hand already, but the black walnut flavoring may require a little searching. I found some at a Kroger, after driving over to a town a little larger than ours.
This recipe is pretty simple and takes about an hour to bake. It should make you two large size loaves or about six gift size loaves. Or you can bake this in cake pans and cut down the center to make two loaf size pieces. My mom always doubles this recipe when she makes it, and she makes it often.
This pumpkin bread also freezes well
The recipe calls for an optional addition of raisins or walnuts, but I love it just plain.
Like the wonderful woman who passed this recipe on to my mother, I also hope you’ll give this recipe a try. After telling me how she received this recipe, my mom said that she has often thought that it was one of the nicest gifts she ever recieved.
I sure hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as our family has.
Old Fashioned Pumpkin Bread Recipe.
- 3 1/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
- 3 cups sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup of oil
- 2/3 cup of water
- 2 cups plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 2 tsp black walnut flavoring
- 1 cup raisins
Nuts can be added
Mix eggs, oil, sugar and water together and set aside.
Mix dry ingredients together, add egg mixture, mix well.
Add pumpkin and raisins. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until cooked through.
This is the recipe just as it was written out. I added the black walnut flavoring with my egg mixture. I filled my pans about half to 3/4 of the way full.