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Recipes | November 4, 2019 | By Denee Coleman

Baking Pumpkin Bread in Sacramento


Residents of Baking Pumpkin Bread at Carlton SacramentoCarlton Senior Living Sacramento enjoyed baking (and eating) this delicious Pumpkin Bread from Once Upon a Chef during a recent pumpkin-themed celebration. Everyone worked together to prepare the recipe and while it baked, residents painted festive pumpkins. The reward for their efforts was two perfect loaves of pumpkin bread which they shared with their Memory Care neighbors. Pictured here are our diligent bakers, Dot, Yuri and Fred.


Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Servings: Makes 2 loaves

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 65 Minutes

Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15-oz can 100% pure pumpkin (I use Libby’s)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Generously grease two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans with butter and dust with flour (alternatively, use a baking spray with flour in it, such as Pam with Flour or Baker’s Joy).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk until well combined; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until just blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until very light and fluffy, a few minutes. Beat in the pumpkin. The mixture might look grainy and curdled at this point — that’s okay.
  4. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined.
  5. Turn the batter into the prepared pans, dividing evenly, and bake for 65 – 75 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the loaves cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Fresh out of the oven, the loaves have a deliciously crisp crust. If they last beyond a day, you can toast individual slices to get the same fresh-baked effect.


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