The most perfect pumpkin bread recipe topped with a cinnamon crumb streusel topping, which is the best topping imho!
I don’t really have any memories of pumpkin bread growing up. It was always pumpkin roll and I never ate it. But I do have very distinct memories of the smell and warmth of the kitchen. I can see perfectly the warm cake bits and powdered sugar stuck to the kitchen towel as mom rolled up the cake and placed it in the fridge to rest.
It doesn’t feel like the holidays to me unless something is pumpkin and since I tend to lean more towards the quick breads I just knew a pumpkin crumb bread was bound to make it onto the blog one of these days.
I think I’ve made a million pumpkin bread recipes, but last year when I finally found the best, the most moist, the absolutely most delicious pumpkin bread recipe ever I immediately had to make a crumb topping. And then it flopped and flopped. And flopped.
Too little butter, too much butter, too heavy a topping for a good rise, and on and on kept me testing away for almost an entire year. But this is it, the recipe that had my entire family begging for slice after slice.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Bread
The ingredients are simple with nothing unexpected. Here is a list of the ingredients and their purpose in the recipe:
Flour – all purpose flour, make sure you measure the flour appropriately, too much flour results in dry bread
Baking Soda – leavening agent
Baking Powder – leavening agent
Cinnamon – flavor
Salt – enhances sweetness
Pumpkin Pie Spice – if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can make your own by combining cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves
Canola Oil – keep the bread extra moist and soft, if you don’t have canola oil, vegetable oil will work fine
Dark Brown Sugar – has more molasses and so much flavor
Sugar – adds a little more sweetness
Eggs – gives the bread structure
Pumpkin Puree – make sure you get pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling
Vanilla – flavor
Flour – gives structure to the topping
Brown Sugar – flavor and sweetness
White Sugar – sweetness
Salt- enhances and balances the sweetness
Cinnamon – flavor
Pumpkin Pie Spice – flavor
Unsalted Butter – richness and binds
The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.
How to Make Pumpkin Bread with Streusel Topping
Making this bread is so easy! You’ll be biting into a warm slice of pumpkin bread in no time. Here are the basic steps:
Prep: preheat the oven and spray a bread loaf pan with nonstick spray
PRO TIP: cut a strip of parchment paper and lay it across the bottom of the pan and spray the pan again. This will create a sling to easily remove the loaf from the pan after it bakes.
Wet Ingredients: whisk together all the wet ingredients together
Dry Ingredients: whisk all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, add to the wet ingredients and stir to combine
PRO TIP: fold to combine until a few streaks of flour remain, DON’T OVERMIX!
Topping: add all the ingredients except the butter to a small bowl and stir to combine then add the cold butter and combine using your hands
Bake: pour the batter into the bread pan and sprinkle the streusel topping on top, bake and allow to rest before removing from the pan
Cool: slide a knife around the sides of the pan and carefully remove the loaf from the pan by lifting it using the parchment paper sling. Let the bread cool on a cooling rack.
For the full recipe instructions, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of the post.
Can You Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree?
Yes, remove seeds, cut pumpkin into chunks and roast fresh pumpkin until soft.
Scoop out the flesh and puree in a blender.
Can I Add Chocolate Chips?
Absolutely! You can use either mini chocolate chips or regular chocolate chips. I prefer to use semi sweet, but feel free to use any kind of chocolate chips you want. White chocolate chips would also be delicious just like in our white chocolate banana bread.
Can This Bread Be Made Ahead?
Yes, this a great recipe for making ahead of time. Let the bread cool completely and store it for up to 2-3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve it, pull it out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature.
Does Pumpkin Bread Need To Be Refrigerated?
Pumpkin bread can be stored at room temperature. Keep it in an airtight contain to keep it fresh and soft.
How Long Will Pumpkin Bread Keep?
Pumpkin bread will keep for 5 days at room temperature, or can be refrigerated for up to 7 days.
Can You Freeze Pumpkin Bread?
Yes! Cool completely and wrap in plastic and foil or place in a heavy duty freezer bag.
Freeze for up to 3 months.
Sure, you can eat just a regular loaf of pumpkin bread. You could even add chocolate chips to it. But once you’ve tried this pumpkin bread recipe with cinnamon crumb streusel topping, you’ll never want pumpkin bread any other way. It is simply divine!
Other Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes
Cinnamon Crumb Pumpkin Bread
Prep Time: 5minutes
Cook Time: 1hour
Total Time: 1hour5minutes
We’ve been testing and testing pumpkin bread recipes and this is the most delicious, spicy, flavorful pumpkin bread ever!
1 TeaspoonPumpkin Pie Spice
1 CupPumpkin Pureenot pumpkin pie filling
1/4CupDark Brown Sugar
1/2TeaspoonPumpkin Pie Spice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9×5″ bread pan with nonstick spray. Cut a strip of parchment paper and lay the strip across the bread pan and spray the pan again. This will create a sling to remove the loaf from the pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, pumpkin and vanilla. Stir and then add the sugars.
Dump the dry ingredients on the wet ingredients and switching to a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, gently fold the ingredients together just until a few streaks of flour remain.
Pour into a bread pan and sprinkle streusel all over the top. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
At this point, slide a knife around the inside of the pan and use the parchment sling to remove the loaf from the pan and move it onto the cooling rack.
Place it right side up and allow to cool or be like us and dig in because warm bread is the best!
For the Streusel
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugars, salt and spices.
Cube the cold butter and add to the dry ingredients. Using your hands, pinch and squish the mixture until it’s all completely combined and you can grab a handful and it all sticks together in a clump. Set aside.
You can freeze pumpkin bread for a month or more. Wrap in plastic wrap and foil or place in a freezer bag.
Cinnamon Crumb Pumpkin Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 407 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Vitamin A 4502IU90%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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