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Moist Pumpkin Bread

on October 14, 2013


These are the first pumpkins we grew ourselves!

Small but mighty!

Now we know we can do it – and we learned a lot!

This is the time of year for pumpkin recipes. We will NOT be using our own pumpkins for this recipe.

Today’s recipe for Moist Pumpkin Bread is one that I scribbled down while listening to Joyce Lamont on WCCO radio about 30 years ago. That’s when we were first married and lived in Alexandria, Minnesota.

I know it’s hard to imagine, but back then,we only had a black and white TV and NO cable. Since I was home alone with a new baby and not a fan of soap operas, I listened to WCCO radio. A lot.

I heard this recipe and wrote it down and it’s become another of our family favorites. One thing I love about this one is that it makes two loaves. That’s a good thing since this is my son’s favorite. It was a bit of home we brought him every fall while he was in college.

I don’t have the original recipe that was written on a piece of scratch paper, so I’ll just type it out here.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Moist Pumpkin Bread

Grease 2 9″ x 5″ bread pans.

With an electric mixer, beat 2/3 cup shortening(I use butter) and 2 cup sugar until light and fluffy.

Add 4 eggs, 1 at a time – mix well after each.

Add 2/3 cup water and 2 cup pumpkin and mix well. Set aside.

Mix dry ingredients together:

3 1/3 cup all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup walnuts (again, my son doesn’t like nuts in things so I left these out)

Stir into wet mixture.

Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Cool in pans 10 min.

Let cool completely on wire rack.

Makes 2 loaves.


These are also grandma’s old bread pans.


Cinnamon and cloves make a fall potpourri in your kitchen!


This is great for breakfast or afternoon tea.


I’m going to sneak a piece before my son gets home from work!


It’s really good spread with a little butter!

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone I did that!

2 responses to “Moist Pumpkin Bread

  1. […] thinking that there may be a recipe of Grandma’s I should have tried. After seeing my Moist Pumpkin Bread post last fall, my aunt sent me this Pumpkin Raisin Bread recipe of Grandma’s. She […]

  2. […] and best recipe when compiling these cookbooks. I have done a LOT of other quick breads like Moist Pumpkin Bread, Banana Bread, Rhubarb Bread, Date Bread, Poppy Seed Bread, Cherry Bread, Lemon Bread, Apricot […]

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