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Simply Fabulous Pumpkin Bread

This is my absolute favorite Pumpkin Bread recipe I've ever created.  It is wonderful served  with coffee or tea ,and even better toasted with cream cheese.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut, cranberry, pecans, pumpkin, quick bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 2 loaves
Author Janice Krako


  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2-2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 15 oz can plain pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3-1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/12 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 -1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1-1/2 cup pecans lightly toasted


  • Preheat oven to 350℉
    A hand or stand mixer can be used for this recipe.
    1- Lightly grease 2-- 8-1/2" x 4-1/2" x 2-5/8" loaf shape pans.
    2- Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
    3- In a large mixing bowl beat together the oil, sugar, eggs, pumpkin puree and milk.  
    4-Add the flour mixture to the wet egg pumpkin mixture.  Add the vanilla extract.  Stir to combine.
    5-By hand add in the pecans, dried cranberries and coconut just to disperse in the batter.
    6- Ladle into the prepared loaf pans dividing evenly between the 2 pans for even cooking time.
    7- Bake in the preheated 350 ℉ oven for 60 - 80 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.  
    8-Remove the pumpkin bread from the oven.
    9-Cook on a wire rack for at least 15 - 20 minutes or until completely cooled to room temperature.
    10- Turn out of pans onto the wire rack and allow to sit for 30 minutes or so (this is the hardest part not cutting into loaf too soon)


If you are not using both loaves right away, wrap tightly and freeze.  Defrost the day before or early morning for use that night.  It freezes beautifully.  Sometimes when I make these types of foods I will slice and wrap each slice individually to use later.  It also will defrost quicker slice at a time.  
Additions you may want to try are a very simple cream cheese glaze, or sprinkling of powdered sugar to the top.
Suggested serving with dollop of freshly whipped cream, ice cream or toasted with cream cheese.   

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