Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mini Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Pepita Streusel Topping

by Darla

If you follow me on Facebook, you probably know that I’ve been running in the mornings. Usually. I mean, mostly. I run most mornings. It really just depends on whether it’s too hot. Or early. Or late. Or whether I’m tired, or hungry.

Anyway. I usually go, but I’ve lost some of my oomph for running lately, and I don’t know why. Just about anything can become an excuse not to run.

I think the Hubster sensed this the other day when he texted me from work to say good morning. He reminded of something very important that I had forgotten. Something that we all learned is Rule Number One (well, all of us that watched Zombieland).


If I’m going to outrun the zombies. I need to work on my cardio.

Thanks, Hubs, for reminding me that those zombies wanna eat, so I don’t have time for stopping, or looking around. Just keep running. Those were his exact words, “don’t stop. don’t look around. zombies wanna eat.” I mean, he prefaced it with, “have a good run,” but you know, when it comes down to running because a horde of undead, rotting corpses are chasing you down so they can make your brains into sushi…having a “good” run is sort of off the table.

All the zombie talk certainly motivated me that morning to quit being such a baby, but it also got me thinking about zombie movies. Obvs.

For example, how come there’s never any little kid zombies. Dawn of the Dead had a little girl in it at the beginning, but she was the only one I’ve ever seen. Do they maybe not last as zombies? You never see a bunch of shuffling middle schoolers going after their principle or teachers or anything, and I’m sorry, but if I became a zombie when I was in middle school, that definitely would have been my strategy. If zombies have strategies. Which I guess is pretty unlikely, but still.

Also, can we just get it cleared up as to whether or not zombies can, in fact, run? I mean, it’ll be of vital importance when caught in a showdown with one, to know whether it’ll just shuffle towards you all creepy like, in which case you can just skip away laughing…or even just shuffle a little faster, taunting it. Or whether it’s going to have full use of it’s arms and legs, and coming bolting after you.

In some cases, even if they can run, you could probably still outrun them, but what if you get stuck with the ex-track star zombie? You’re pretty much screwed then.

How come there’s never any animals in zombie movies, either? It’s been made clear, pretty much across the board, that zombies only wanna eat people brains. Yet, where have all the animals gone? You never see stray cows in the fields, or even walking the streets, for that matter. You would think they’d still be everywhere, but they aren’t. So…did the zombies eat them once they ate up all the people brains? Did they get so hungry that they resorted to animals?

Hunger can make you do crazy things.

That got me wondering whether there would be any foods, like for really real foods, not brains, that might entice a zombie to not eat your brain. If they’re willing to eat cow and puny turkey brains out of desperate hunger, maybe pumpkin bread would work too?

I doubt it. But I made some anyway…for all of us non-zombies. Then I added a super amazing streusel on top, cause I’m cool like that. For the record, though, this stuff is as bad as the zombies in that you better get some cardio in, because you’re not gonna be able to resist the bread. The cardio is gonna make you feel a whole lot better about that.

Trust me.

The bread needs several ingredients, but they’re pretty standard issue cupboard fare, so you will probably be set…except maybe for the pumpkin. Which you should go buy, like, yesterday. Cause it’s gonna be sold out e-ver-y-where any day now. At least in the States it will be. I’m not sure about the rest of the world, but we sure do love our pumpkin in the Fall here in the U.S.

But you know, it’s actually super easy to make your own pumpkin puree with a real pumpkin, too. Really, it is. I’ve done it. It takes quite a long time (baking time), but it’s still easy. If you hit up the store and there’s only those poor lonely cans of squash puree next to the vast emptiness that used to be the canned pumpkin shelf, google how to make your own. It’s e-a-s-y.

Anyway. Like I was saying, you’ll need pumpkin puree, all-purpose flour, apple sauce, canola or vegetable oil, water, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, salt, baking soda, and eggs. If you wanna go for some vegan pumpkin bread, you can easily do the flax seed substitution in place of eggs (1 tablespoon ground flax seeds combined with 3 tablespoons water, per egg).

Mix, mix, mix, then divide the batter between either six mini loaf pans, like I’ve done here, or between three 7×3-inch loaf pans. Your call.

The streusel topping for these is pretty much your run of the mill streusel: brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, butter, and a nut of some kind. Walnuts and pecans are delish, but I wanted to try out pepitas (pumpkin seeds, which, trust me, you want to buy hulled), and they’re great. I mean, they just make sense, right?

These bake for about 40 to 45 minutes in their mini form, and 50 to 55 minutes when they’re grown up loaves.

These come out of the oven all gorgeous and spicy and warm and irresistible. They are such a fabulous payoff for hardly any work at all. Seriously. Mix the bread batter, pour it in the pans, mix the streusel, top the batter, bake. That’s it. Oh yeah, well, there’s also stand over them breathing in the perfectly pumpkin smell, slice, eat, and repeat. But I figured you guys knew those steps already.

Btdub – those mini loaf pans are from Michaels. And guess what? They’re only a dollar. Yes, that’s right, they are ONE DOLLAR each. Pretty awesome.

While I highly recommend allowing these to cool completely before slicing and serving, I’d be a hypocrite if I told you that you have to. Cause I never do. I just can’t.

So go. Bake these, and eat them warm from the oven. Preferably on a cool, crisp day with a nice hot cup of tea. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Bread
with Cinnamon Pepita Streusel Topping [Printable Recipe]
Makes 6 mini loaves, or 3 7×3-inch loaves


3 1/2 cups (445 grams) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup (125 ml) canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 1/2 cups (300 grams) sugar
1/2 cup (127 grams) brown sugar, packed
4 eggs (or 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds combined with 3/4 cup (187 ml) water, for vegan/dairy free)
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
2/3 cup (167 ml) water

FOR THE STREUSEL (optional, this bread is still amazing without it)
1/2 cup ( 127 grams) brown sugar
1/2 cup (63 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup pepitas (or pecans, walnuts, or any other nut, chopped)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (half a stick or 56 grams) unsalted butter, melted (or margarine for vegan/dairy free*)

*when buying margarine for vegan/dairy free usage, be sure it’s actually vegan. I prefer Earth Balance

To make the bread: Preheat oven to 350 degrees (165 C). Lightly spray 6 mini or 3 7×3-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray with flour, or grease and flour each one; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the oil and apple sauce. Stir in the sugars until combined, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Stir in the pumpkin until thoroughly combined. Stir in the water. Sprinkle about half of the flour mixture over the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Add the remaining flour mixture, and mix just until no streaks of flour remain. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and set aside while you mix the streusel topping.

To make the streusel: In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, flour, and cinnamon together, whisking until thoroughly combined. Stir in the pepitas or nuts. Drizzle the melted butter over the mixture and stir with a spoon until you have a mixture that resembles lumpy wet sand. Do not break up the clumps too much.

Divide the streusel evenly between the pans, sprinkling it over the top of the bread batter to cover it completely.

Bake mini loaves, three at a time on a rimmed baking sheet, for 20 minutes. Rotate the pans, front to back, and bake for another 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If making large loaves, bake all 3 7×3-inch loaves on a rimmed baking sheet for 25 minutes. Rotate the pans, front to back, and bake for another 25 to 27 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving, preferably longer, if you can.

Recipe by Darla

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1 Alessandra September 21, 2011 at 9:41 am

These look really yummy! Soo I can confirm that the “rest of the world” or just France (where I live) or Switzerland (where I work) do NOT have canned pumpkin or squash..or anything good like that. It is the saddest thing…. :(


2 Tiffany @ Fizzy Party August 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Alessandra, how sad. You need someone to send you some canned pumpkin.


3 tristan October 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

hi, just get some pumpkins at your local greengrocer, cut up, bake, scrape into a food processor and blend it up, and see if that works. Save the seeds so u can grow your own next year, even on an apartment balcony, u can do it.


4 Maria September 21, 2011 at 9:42 am

Can you please share one of those loaves with me for breakfast? :) I love pumpkin bread!


5 Cookbook Queen September 21, 2011 at 9:43 am

I was sitting here thinking that I was going to comment and ask where you got the mini muffin pans…and then you go and tell me!!So I have to come up with a NEW comment, and I am not so quick on my feet.

Also…do you watch Walking Dead? I THINK (not positive since the season ended last november) that there can be kid zombies. But they don’t run. The just stagger around like idiots.


6 Rosa September 21, 2011 at 9:44 am

Have you read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? All your talk of zombies made me think about the “no kid zombie” thing as well. Hmmm…interesting…

Thanks for the recipe! I love pumpkin bread! And it makes me all giddy because that means autumn is here!


7 TANYA September 21, 2011 at 9:52 am

Did you move back to the states? I swear you were overseas last time I check!

I’m going to say that like with earthquakes, fires and other natural predators animals have better senses and so they all ran away before the zombies arrived.

I can’t WAIT to try your pumpkin bread recipe. MMMM they look amazing.


8 JP September 21, 2011 at 10:08 am

Love the recipe! Also, think you should consider It’s a zombie-5k-obstacle course run happening here on the East Coast in mid October. :) Running away from zombies is great cardio practice for the real deal…should it ever come. Also, helps burn off the calories from your delectable desserts. B] just sayin’. ;)


9 TANYA September 23, 2011 at 9:38 am

THANK YOU!!! I’m so going to do this! I need a real reason to get off my tuff and start running again and this… Well what better reason is there than zombies and beer!


10 Tiffany @ Fizzy Party August 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm

oooh how fun does that run sound. I’m checking this out too. Sounds like a great excuse for a vacation to me.


11 Julie September 21, 2011 at 10:11 am

Gotta go to Michaels….love those pans :)


12 Lizy b September 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

So, as the coffee was hitting my brain this morning, one of my first thoughts was “I really need to find a good pumpkin bread recipe and make it for the munchkin”. It’s his favorite food in all the world and he just had his tonsils out yesterday.
And because you are so brilliant, you read my mind and here it is!!
I will absolutely make these today and the munchkin would thank you if he could talk….


13 Susan September 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

They look delicious. I love the cute mini loaf pans in all those colors. I will need to make a trip to Michael’s.


14 Kim September 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

Rule number 2: The double tap.

I love Zombieland. I won’t be able to look at pumpkin bread without thinking about it now.


15 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots September 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

Those mini loaf pans are too cute! And that bread…oh my. :-) P.S. Great job with the running!


16 Danielle September 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Those look so yummy! I may have to make them this year. And now I may NEED mini loaf pans. .

We just watched Zombieland and there are some kid zombies in it. Just a few. I think it was during a description of one of the rules. Maybe the seatbelt rule?

Thanks for the great posts!


17 Marcie September 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Shiver. Creepy little kids always make things scarier. Little kid zombie girl in the Walking Dead, little kid computer girl in Resident Evil, and so many more tv/movie examples that I really don’t want to think about because I’ll have nightmares. Anyways, this recipe sounds and looks absolutely delicious. I’ve been thinking about making something pumpkiny soon, too. Though I was thinking of trying to convert Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte into a cupcake for my friends birthday this week. If you have any thoughts on how to do that, I’m all ears!


18 Annie September 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Darla- I love your recipes! And you make them extra special when peppered with your life’s story. Thanks for sharing. I was wondering how you got the neat FB/Twitter/etc buttons at the bottom of your blog entry. They look cool and I was wondering if I could borrow the idea.


19 Darla September 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Hi Annie, Thanks so much! :)

As for the share buttons at the ends of my posts, that is a WordPress plugin called Sexy Bookmarks. I love it, and you can add or remove tons of different social networks. It’s great. :)


20 Donna D. September 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Love this post! When I was in high school living in a small isolated Alaskan town I would ride my bike in a less populated area and one time (the last time) realized half way through my bike ride that I was in a known bear area, yeah pretty much rode that route fastest ever!!
So, I’m probably going to be having zombies on the brain now when I run, which is really not cool at all since I run on a treadmill at the gym facing away from people, thats exactly the same as the nightmare where you are running fast and going no where, great now I’m going to be the wierdo who keeps looking behind her, hmmm maybe no one will notice :)
Oh and by the way I’m totally making this bread, I think this fall I’m going to make pumpkin bread every weekend! I’m thinking that the living dead (me first thing in the morning) will love this :)


21 Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious September 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Your pans are just too cute!


22 Sugargirl September 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

The Resident Evil movies have zombie animals, famously dobermans but also crows in the later movies.They are super creepy! I kind of want to make a horror movie about zombie toddlers now… that is an image that is going to creep me out for days!
This bread looks so good the fact that I hate pumpkin kind of became irrelevant!


23 Megan Waltz September 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Yum!! So ready for fall now!


24 Dori September 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I so totally needed this today! I’m facing a “meh” attitude with my own running…I did what I set out to do (run a half marathon) and now I’m all…eh, I could run…or I could not. Thank you for the reminder of why I run. :) I don’t need to run fast–just farther and faster than the zombies!

And the pumpkin bread looks divine!


25 AndreaClaire September 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I would assume that brains of the animals available to the zombies are smaller than those of humans so if you like brains, you’re going to go after the larger one. Having said that, in Shaun of the Dead there are two homeless guys: one catches and appears to eat a pigeon and the other one later shows up dragging around a leash which had previously been attached to his dog. My assumption is that he ate his dog. I would also think that these smaller animals are of a size that the zombie would be able to consume enough of them to make them dead-dead, not just dead-comebackasazombie-dead.

As for larger animals like cows, etc, I doubt many zombies would venture out that way. If films have taught us anything, it’s that the zombie apocolypse is going to occur in a crowded city centre. If you had a smorgasboard of a million people or an empty countryside where you don’t know when you’re next brain is going to stumble by… zombie-me would stay in the city. Perhaps evenutally they’d wander out to the countryside but they’re also decomposing so by the time they start doing that, their mobility will be even further compromised. In short, we should all buy farms and/or live on remote islands by ourselves.

There are a couple of older children/teens in SotD and there’s also the baby zombie in the Dawn of the Dead remake and a few in the Walking Dead so I would assume that child zombies exist but as people on here have pointed out, children in horror films are creepy in a disturbing way which makes me uncomfortable.

I’m an old-school zombie person. I don’t think that zombies would be able to chase us for any sort of distance. The problem is that they’re patient buggers. They stumble around until you blindly wander around a corner to find yourself face-to-face with one, then it has a short burst of energy and you’re a goner.

I think you need to read World War Z and/or Zombie Survival Guide.

Also, the pumpkin loaf looks awesome! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go have a zombie movie marathon.


26 Darla September 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm

AndreaClaire, I appreciate the great deal of thought that you put into this. Very informative. In the event of the zombie apocalypse, you’re on my team, k?

I have to admit, I’ve never seen the Walking Dead, but I remember the scary zombie baby in Dawn of the Dead. I think I’m inclined to believe there are no zombie children because, let’s face it, who wants to take a headshot on a toddler? Even if it is a walking dead, rotting corpse toddler that wants to eat you alive. Can you imagine how terrifying that film would be?! Yikes.

I’ve read the Zombie Survival Guide, and of course, Zombieland’s rules are locked away in my memory for all time, but I have yet to read World War Z. I own it, though. Should probably get on that.

Hope you’re enjoying your zombie movie marathon! ;)


27 Lindsay Lee September 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I am a LOVER of anything pumpkin. I MUST try this :)


28 Natalie September 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I love pumpkin recipes! This looks really good!


29 Maria September 22, 2011 at 6:59 am

YES! This is what I’ve been waiting for, they look positively divine!


P.S. – Good luck with the Zombies.

Maria xx


30 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking September 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Darla, these breads are precious and I bet they taste incredibly delicious. I love baking with pumpkin but recently made a savory dish out of it that’s quite yummy, too… pumpkin risotto! Thanks for sharing your recipe and beautiful photos. I’ll have to give this a go sometime.


31 Druston September 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I’m not a fan of pumpkin, to be honest…but mini pumpkin bread!? Too cute. I may have to try baking some, especially with Thanksgiving coming up quicker than I expected. ‘Course, I’ll have to make them fairly soon, to be sure I can even make them without failing miserably. (I cannot make bread or cake that isn’t boxed to save my life. Even THEN I tend to fail.) Although, I’m not sure I can spring for the mini bread pans right now… I guess I’ll have to see how much our Michaels might have them for.

As for children zombies… I think the REAL issue with that, at least from what I’ve heard as to why there’s no child zombies in the Left 4 Dead game franchise, is that that’s just one of the things you DON’T do. You don’t zombie up little kids that you wind up having to kill, because it’s…I don’t know. Too traumatic or something. In the US, at the very least, it’s like we’re too sensitive or something. Zombie animals? Perfectly fine in most cases. Zombie children? OH GOD, WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE POOR KIDS!? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT, YOU HEARTLESS ANIMALS!? Or something. Sure, some movies/shows do it, or use creepy little girls in other senses, but most video games focused on killing zombies (like RE, which I’ve never played much of, or Left 4 Dead) won’t touch the subject. Don’t wanna get a backlash or something.

Of course, you also have the aspect, otherwise, of children perhaps being either entirely immune for some reason, or dying quickly once infected. Same, sometimes, with animals. With the elderly, it’s typically that their immune systems are too weak to fight off the infection or be Turned. But of course, it really depends on the virus/method of zombification/infection as to who is immune and who is particularly susceptible.

…now I want to watch Zombieland again, and I don’t have it. :(


32 Sugargirl September 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I couldn’t resist and ran and got a dozen of those little pans and have made this recipe three times since you posted it! I even made little mini cupcake versions! SO GOOOOOOD!!!!!


33 {leah} October 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm

omg. This post gave me a good laugh. Zombies and pumpking bread. You sound like someone I’d enjoy chatting with in real life! ^_^ Enjoy the run, and the bread. Two of my faves!! ^_^


34 Db_r October 18, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I tried this recipe last night and it turned out perfect – first go! Thank you for continuing to post incredibly easy and delicious recipes for your readers :)


35 Jenn November 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm

So I mixed up a batch of these today and I had enough batter for 6 mini loaves, two batches of muffins, and still some left-over. Did I do something wrong???


36 Darla November 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

Wow. I have no idea how you managed to get that much out of the recipe. I’ve been making it for several years (going on ten), and I’ve always gotten perfect 3 full-sized loaves or 6 mini-sized. You should have filled the pans quite full, as seen in the third photo of the post (I fill them until they are a bout an inch, maybe even slightly less, from the top of the pan), but beyond that I can’t guess why you would have had so much batter.


37 Jessica November 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Oh. My. Goodness. I stumbled across this post thanks to Pinterest and within about thirty seconds of reading, I nearly peed my pants I was laughing so hard. My husband (who’s sitting on the couch next to me engrossed in automotive forums) thinks I’m surely on crack. Whoever thought a post about super-yummy pumpkin bread with streusel topping could tie into the technicalities of a zombie attack so flawlessly? :)


38 Martha November 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Love the little pans and bread looks perfect too! not to mention delicious!!


39 Sheila November 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Oh Blessed Be! I just made 2 loaves and they are divine. I followed the recipe exactly and they came out lovely. They are so tasty my husband is taking a loaf to work to share. I highly recommend this for a great Fall treat.

PS Luv the zombie tutorial :D


40 Abigail November 16, 2011 at 1:38 am

I just made this dessert and it was amazing!! The only thing i didn’t like about it was it turned out to be very dry, and i wanted more cinnamon flavor in it. So on my 2nd batch i added more oil (about 1/3 cup), about 1/3 cup more of applesauce, and 1/2 teaspoon more of cinnamon,ginger, and nutmeg. It came out wonderfully!!! If you like pumpkin bread to be more bread like then leave the recipe the way it is. If you want it more moist then i recommend adding more applesauce and oil.


41 Darla November 16, 2011 at 11:47 am

Hi Abigail, I’m sorry you’re bread was so dry. I haven’t encountered that problem, having it always turn out moist, but I’m really happy that you found a solution, and that you shared it here. :) Thanks!


42 Daniela November 16, 2011 at 4:55 am

Thank you so much for the recipe, it was TERRIFIC! I substituted low-fat buttermilk for the water and it turned out great. I also used oats instead of the nuts for the streusel, because that’s what I had available. I thoroughly enjoyed it warm out of the oven with a great cup of coffee.


43 Nancy May 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Mmmm, can’t wait to make this bread!

Have a look at The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. It is a great zombie read!


44 Tiffany @ Fizzy Party August 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Ha ha! Loved Zombieland and yes, cardio is rule #1. I’m a long time runner and I can tell you, sometimes you just don’t have a run in you…for days, weeks, months. It’ll return.
I’m thinking since animals have super senoring perception that they all ran like the wind as soon as a person got infected and before the person even knew they were infected. You know, like how the animals sense earthquakes and Tsunami’s.
Gotta love Michael’s, you can bake these delicious little loaves and give to friends and not have to wonder when you’ll get your pan back so you can make more. Just can’t get enough pumpkin in the fall. Adding this to my must have fall foods. YUM!


45 Nataliemeherg September 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

I have bought the little ceramic pans last year at michaels…I am a fanatic with pumpkin! I have fresh-frozen pumpkin puree in my freezer year round…never canned….my kids have been raised on pumpkin everything!!! lol i am going to make your lil breads…i have found a few new recipes for this fall and try everything pumpkin! i bake a whole gutted pumpkin…no lid at 350 for about 1-2 hours depending on size…until fork goes in easy….then cut into melon slices and peel off skin and puree in my blender…yummy!!!!! I make dips…cookies..soups..breads…pies…and the list goes on!!!!


46 christy September 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I went and bought all the stuff you listed that I needed and was so excited to make this but it did not come out right at all. The inside did not cook but the outside did and I tried to keep it in longer but all it did was burn the outside. I was so disappointed..and what a waste of money =(


47 Christine November 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Sounds like you might of had your over set to high, or perhaps you were using a dark pan, if so, I have found that lowering the oven temp by 25 or so degrees, makes a huge difference.


48 Shirley Moy September 16, 2012 at 7:21 am

Just bookmarked your website. The pumpkin loaf cakes look delicious. Can’t wai to try the recipe. Where did you find the different color mini loaf pans?


49 Nat September 23, 2012 at 11:32 am

Discovered your recipe through Pinterest. Delicious!


50 Mindy at Grateful for Grace September 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Came to find out where to find the pans. Thank you for including that info! They are precious!


51 Lark Kephart September 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Test-baked this bread today in prep for a bake sale later in the month. Then I took some slices to a class just to see what the ladies thought; no one seemed too interested. . . . and then they tasted it! Wow! It’s been a while since I had such an amazing reaction to something I made! This is a real keeper recipe and it may be all I bake for the bake sale! Thanks!!!


52 Denise October 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Love the Zombie motivation thing! :o)
Gonna need some cardio to work off the calories in the
awesome pumpkin bread! :o)


53 Frankenstitches October 10, 2012 at 3:00 am

These look delicious and gorgeous! Also, I love the zombie commentary. I plan to do the zombie run next year and am trying to motivate myself to start training early. Have you read World War Z? Great post zombie apocalypse read by Max Brooks (Mel’s son).


54 Rebekah October 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I made this for a faculty breakfast at work and it turned out great! Even my husband, who doesn’t usually prefer pumpkin, loved this bread. Thanks for the recipe!


55 Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers October 19, 2012 at 9:35 am

I must make this.


56 Linda Hall October 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Can you freeze these?


57 Darla October 22, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Hi Linda, I’ve never frozen them, so I can’t say for sure. I think that you probably can, but I can’t guarantee that they’ll come out as good once they thaw.


58 Andrea October 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I saw this on Pinterest and have baked a few batches already! It is so delicious! I used the flax egg version, and substituted oats for the pepitas in the streusel. The bread is so moist, and the pumpkin flavor is really rich. Thanks for the recipe!


59 ALisa October 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

I Love Pumpkin, I LOVE pumpkin strudel. So yummy! I made them as gifts for the school teachers and it ended up being “One for you, Two for me, One for you, Two for me…..” Thanks for sharing!


60 Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama November 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm

This sounds amazing!! Can’t wait to try it out.

I featured your recipe on my blog, come by and check it out:


61 Emilie laflam November 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

this was soo good. i messed up on the pumkin puree. i had already made everything and put it all together and then realized i didnt have any pumkin puree so i had to go to the store and buy some. this is a big batch so i would make a pan with streusel and one without because i find my favorite part of this is the bread. it came out soo fluffy and perfect!!!


62 Sherri November 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm


I pinned this recipe a while back but have not tried it yet. I’m sure it will be very very soon. I have to ask, and I can’t believe I’m the only one who has, but where did you purchase those adorable mini ceramic loaf pans? I’m in love! I must have them!!!!!


63 Ashlie Abadiano November 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe! I can’t thank you enough for putting the egg substitute. My daughter is highly allergic to egg and it is very hard to find cake/cookie recipes that don’t use egg. I have tried flaxseed as a substitute in other recipes but they have resulted in complete failure.

Thank you again!!


64 Melissa December 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I love anything pumpkin and this recipe looks delish! I bought the Michael’s mini pans last year after Christmas for 75% off and saved them to make something in this year for the kids teachers. This will be perfect!. I did want to know, if using homemade pumpkin puree, how much do you put in the recipe?


65 Darla December 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Hi Melissa, you need 15 ounces of pumpkin purée.


66 Cheryl December 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I haven’t made pumpkin bread in years so forgot how much it rises. This is also the first year I’ve used mini bread pans……so it was a mess. I used 6 mini loaf pans; filled them about 3/4 full (I thought 2/3 looked too low) 3 out of the 6 had bread dripping down the sides but only one looks completely ungiftable (taste testing, right?)
That’s what I get for not testing out the recipe & supplies first.
BUT this is delicious!!!!!!!


67 Amisy Food Machine January 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Those look so yummy! I like this post! The pumpkin bread is not only delious but healthy and I can’t wait to do it right now!


68 Nicole August 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Hello!! This recipe looks fantastic :) I did want to mention, although not sure if it’s already been mentioned because I didn’t have time to read all the comments :) that the Resident Evil movies have dogs and kids. The first has pit bulls and the I think it’s the second one (RE Apocalypse) where they have to go into a school and there are children in there. Just thought I’d throw that in there! Gonna make your recipe today (with blueberries)! Thanks!!


69 Caren September 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm

I looked but maybe I missed it…what is the temp and cooking time for the larger loaf pans?


70 Darla September 23, 2013 at 10:52 pm

It’s in the very last step of the recipe. :) It’s the same temperature (350º F), bake 3 7×3-inch loaves on a rimmed baking sheet for 25 minutes. Rotate the pans, front to back, and bake for another 25 to 27 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


71 Miriam October 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Hi Darla!
I’m writing from Spain (forgive any spelling mistakes, pleas). I would like to prepare this really-good-looking recipe this week end but… here we don’t have pumpkin puree cans, I have some pumpkins so I would like to know how many grams are there in 115 ounces of pumking puree, or how many cups, or how many mililitres. Thank you so much.


72 Gretchen November 4, 2013 at 4:40 am

Just made this recipe and it is really good!!! First time trying pumpkin bread and tastes wonderful, thanks for sharing!


73 Alwafa November 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

Gooooooood .


74 Kelly November 10, 2014 at 6:59 am

I’ve been using this as my go-to pumpkin bread for a little over a year now, with perfect results every time. If anyone is curious, I do mine as muffins. I fill a regular size muffin paper about 2/3-3/4 full and put about a tablespoon of streusel on top. I cook them for 15-18 minutes at 350, and they come out perfectly moist and delicious!!


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