Bread Machine Pumpkin Bread – Easy Dessert Recipe

This bread machine pumpkin bread recipe is easy and tastes fantastic! It is a great harvest-themed dessert. Perfect for Thanksgiving, Halloween, etc. Our recipe uses simple ingredients such as pumpkin puree, flour and sugar. Moreover, since it is made with your bread machine, you just add the ingredients… and let the bread machine do all of the work!! Your family will love this sweet orange-colored pumpkin bread.

Bread Machine Pumpkin Bread

Bread Machine Pumpkin Bread

You can also tweak this recipe to create pumpkin chocolate chip bread or pumpkin walnut bread. See the tips section below for more information. FYI – Pumpkin breads are a type of sweet quick bread. Quick breads rely on baking soda and/or baking powder in order to rise (versus slower rising yeast used in sandwich-type breads). This results in a muffin-like dessert “bread” that rises & bakes more quickly than a sandwich-type bread. Quick breads are perfect as a snack, breakfast treat, holiday dessert, etc… but not for sandwiches! In addition, if you like “harvest-based” sweet quick breads, you should visit Bread Dad’s main Fall Dessert Recipes section for more pumpkin dessert recipes, cranberry dessert recipes, blueberry dessert recipes, etc.

Since this pumpkin bread recipe is done in a bread machine, it is simple & easy to make. It should take you only 10 minutes or so to prepare and clean up. For more bread machine recipes, please visit Bread Dad’s main Bread Machine Recipes section. Bread Dad also has a printable and “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of the page. If you like this recipe, we hope you will leave a comment below and give us a 5 star rating. Thanks!

Key Ingredient – Pumpkin Puree (Not Pumpkin Pie Mix)

Pumpkin Puree

Ingredients – Bread Machine Pumpkin Bread Recipe

  • 8 Tablespoons – Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 2 – Large Eggs
  • 1  Cup – Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie mix) – This is approximately 8 ounces of puree (not a full 15 ounce pumpkin puree can)
  • 2 Cups – Flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 Cup – White Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup – Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1 Teaspoon – Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon – Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon – Baking Powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon – Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon – Cinnamon
  • Optional – 1 Cup of Mini Chocolate Chips or Chopped Walnuts

Servings – Roughly 12 slices

  • Equipment required for this recipe –  Measuring cup & spoons, flexible spatula, oven mitts, cooling rack… and of course, a bread machine! Visit our “equipment store” if you are missing anything.

Bread Machine Pumpkin Bread (on Cooling Rack)

Pumpkin Bread on Wire Cooling Rack

Instructions – Bread Machine Pumpkin Bread Recipe

  • Prep Time – 10 minutes
  • Baking Time – 1:40 hours
  • Bread Machine Settings – Sweet Quick Bread, Light Color, 2 lb
  • Lightly beat the eggs.
  • Soften the butter in a microwave.
  • Add the butter, eggs & pumpkin puree into the bread pan and then add the dry ingredients. Be aware that the bread pan should be removed from the bread machine before you start to add any ingredients. This helps to avoid spilling any material inside the bread machine. The bread machine should always be unplugged when removing the bread pan.
  • Put the bread pan (with all of the ingredients) back into the bread machine, close the bread machine lid and then plug in the bread machine.
  • Enter the bread machine settings (Sweet Quick Bread, Light Color, 2 lb) and press the start button. FYI – Before making this recipe, please read the tips section below for more information regarding the sweet quick bread setting used to make pumpkin breads. This setting can be very confusing on some bread machines… but the tips section below will help you to find the right setting to use on your machine. You need to enter the correct pumpkin bread setting used by your SPECIFIC bread machine model or the pumpkin bread could be under or over cooked.
  • When the bread machine has finished baking the bread, unplug the bread machine, remove the bread pan and place it on a wooden cutting board. Let the pumpkin bread stay within the bread pan (bread loaf container) for 10 minutes before you remove it from the bread pan. Use oven mitts when removing the bread pan because it will be very hot!
  • Optional – Use a long wooden skewer to test if the pumpkin bread is completely cooked. Wear oven mitts as the bread pan will be hot. See the tips section for more details on this classic “toothpick” test.
  • After 10 the minute “cooldown”, you should remove the pumpkin bread from the bread pan and place the pumpkin bread on a wire cooling rack to finish cooling. Use oven mitts when removing the bread.
  • Don’t forget to remove the mixing paddle if it is stuck in the bread. Use oven mitts as the mixing paddle could be hot.
  • You should allow the pumpkin bread to completely cool before cutting. This can take up to 2 hours. Otherwise, the pumpkin bread will break (crumble) more easily when cut.

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Tips – Bread Maker Pumpkin Bread Recipe

  • The tips below are designed to help bread machine “novices” and those who haven’t touched their bread machine in years.
  • Pumpkin bread is a great fall “harvest” dessert. It is perfect for many fall occasions such as Thanksgiving, Halloween, harvest festivals, autumn family gatherings, etc. Of course, since our bread maker pumpkin bread tastes great and has an unique orange color, it is fantastic for any occasion! For more pumpkin & autumn harvest-related recipes, please visit Bread Dad’s easy Fall Dessert Recipes section.
  • Optional – If you want to “enhance” your pumpkin bread, you can add one cup of chopped walnuts or chocolate chips after first mixing cycle is finished and before second/final mixing cycle starts. This will allow you to create pumpkin chocolate chip bread or pumpkin walnut bread.
  • When I add chocolate chips to this bread maker recipe, I like to use mini semi-sweet chocolate chips because heavier regular-sized chocolate chips are more likely to sink to the bottom of the batter. Mini chocolate chips tend to disperse better throughout the batter.
  • If you want more of a pumpkin pie taste, you can use pumpkin pie spice versus cinnamon.
  • This recipe uses roughly 8 ounces (1 cup) of pumpkin puree. Do not use a full 15 ounce pumpkin puree can or the recipe will be too wet and might not cook properly. You can freeze any leftover puree for later use.
  • Pumpkin puree is cooked and mashed pumpkin and/or winter squash. It is not canned pumpkin pie mix (which has added spices, sugar, etc.) Pumpkin puree is more flexible than pumpkin pie mix because you can add & customize your own favorite spices (versus having to rely on the existing positive or negative flavor of the canned pumpkin pie mix).
  • If you are looking for similar pumpkin recipes that you can bake in your oven (not bread machine), you should also try our oven-baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread, Pumpkin Banana Muffins or Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipes.
  • According to Wikipedia and most bakers, pumpkin bread is a type of “quick bread” (that uses baking soda/powder instead of yeast). Unfortunately, this term (quick bread) has led to some confusion as bread machine manufacturers often use similar setting names to make rapid/express/quick sandwich-type breads as well as completely different sweet quick breads (i.e. pumpkin bread).
  • IMPORTANT – Make sure to use the setting on your bread machine designed for SWEET QUICK BREADS. This setting is for sweet quick bread recipes (i.e. pumpkin bread or banana bread) that use baking soda/powder (and not yeast).
  • However, be aware that some bread machines have only a limited number of settings and may NOT have a setting that can be used for sweet quick breads (i.e. pumpkin bread). These bread machines are primarily focused on making sandwich-type breads. If your bread machine can’t make sweet pumpkin breads, you might like to try our oven-baked Pumpkin Bread recipe.
  • You can not use regular sandwich-type bread settings in order to make pumpkin bread. For example, the length of the baking time often differs.
  • Be aware that the setting name used for pumpkin bread recipes can vary by bread machine manufacturer. Here are some examples of the setting names used to make sweet pumpkin breads on various bread machines – the Sunbeam Breadmaker 5891 uses the “Quick” setting, the Hamilton Beach Bread Maker 29881 uses the “Quick” setting, the Black & Decker BOOONJBYXO Bread Maker uses the “Quick Bread” setting, the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Bread Maker uses the “Cake” setting and the Cuisinart CBK-100 Bread Maker uses the “Cake/Quick Bread” setting. Therefore, you must check your bread machine’s instructions for the exact setting used to make sweet quick breads on your specific bread machine model.
  • Be aware that older and newer models from the same manufacturer can even use different setting names. Therefore, you need to read the manual included with your specific model in order to determine the correct setting used by your bread machine. Don’t guess with settings or assume that the setting used by a similar model from your bread machine manufacturer is the same as the setting used by your model.
  • Don’t be fooled by setting names like Rapid or Express Bread (as these settings are often used for very rapid baking of sandwich-type breads and are not used for sweet quick breads). They will leave your pumpkin bread undercooked. For example, on my Sunbeam, the sweet quick bread setting lasts for 1:43 hours versus the express setting which lasts for only 58 minutes.
  • Be aware that some bread machine manufacturers even label the rapid/express bread setting as “Quick Bread” and this can cause lots of confusion (because they use the name in order to describe a setting to make a rapid sandwich bread and not a sweet quick bread recipe).
  • Moreover, in many bread machines, the “sweet bread” setting is used for sweet breads that use yeast (not sweet pumpkin breads that use baking soda/powder). “Sweet bread” recipes are different from sweet quick bread recipes (i.e. pumpkin bread or banana bread) and utilize different mixing & baking times. Therefore, a bread machine pumpkin bread recipe is unlikely to work on the “sweet bread” setting.
  • If you are still having trouble finding the sweet quick bread setting, check your bread machine manual for details regarding the “Cake” setting on your machine. Some bread machines have a cake setting that states that they can be used for sweet quick breads (and the mixing & baking will last roughly for 1 hour 40-50 minutes). However, other bread machines have a cake setting that is not designed for sweet quick breads. For example, my bread machine (Sunbeam) has a cake setting (that lasts for 2 hours 50 minutes) and a “Quick” (used for quick breads such as pumpkin bread) setting (that lasts for 1 hour 43 minutes). Therefore, this pumpkin bread recipe would probably not work well with the cake setting on my machine.
  • I know this can be super confusing… but always read your bread machine manual and look for the specific setting designed for sweet quick breads (that use baking soda/powder).
  • If you have lost your bread machine manual, you can usually find it by searching online. For example, I can find my manual by typing “Sunbeam bread machine manual” into Google.
  • Many bread machine manufacturers also have recipe booklets where you can also find more information on how to make sweet quick breads (i.e. pumpkin bread) with your specific bread machine model.

 

  • After the first mixing cycle has fully stopped (and before the second mixing cycle has begun), I often scrape the sides of the bread pan with a flexible silicon spatula (not a metal spatula). This loosens any flour that may be sticking to the sides of the bread pan. Bread machines occasionally have a problem fully mixing the sides of moist quick bread recipes. For safety purposes, I do not scrape the sides of the bread pan when the mixing blade is moving. In addition, people should not stick their hands inside bread machines. Moreover, people should always wear oven mitts when dealing with a bread machine because the interior can get quite hot. Read your bread machine manual to see how & when this is done with your specific machine.
  • Also be aware that some people go beyond just scraping the sides of the bread pan in order to avoid any leftover flour sticking to the sides of their finished pumpkin bread. They will first mix all of the ingredients by hand in a mixing bowl and then add it to the bread machine bread pan (versus adding all of the ingredients to the bread pan and letting the bread machine mix everything). While this is an extra step, premixing the ingredients greatly reduces the potential for any unwanted small flour “clumps” and/or flour sticking to the sides of the finished pumpkin bread. After hand mixing the ingredients, you should just follow the rest of the recipe instructions (i.e. enter proper bread machine settings and so on). However, always remember to add the ingredients (or hand mixed batter) to the bread pan when the bread pan is out of the bread machine and the bread machine is unplugged.
  • Optional – If the top center of the pumpkin bread looks too moist when you take it out of the bread machine (or you want to make sure the bread is completely cooked), you can try the classic baking “toothpick test”. Gently push a long wooden skewer into the center of the bread and see if any batter sticks to the skewer. Make sure to wear oven gloves because the bread pan and bread machine will still be hot. If batter is sticking to the skewer then it hasn’t completely cooked. Place the bread loaf pan back into the still warm bread machine for another 5-10 minutes. After the 5-10 minutes, remove the bread pan and test the pumpkin bread again with the skewer.
  • Since a toothpick can be too short, I like to use a long chopstick or wooden skewer when conducting the “toothpick” test. Remember always wear oven mitts when dealing with a hot bread pan.
  • After removing the bread pan from the bread machine (and the pumpkin bread successfully passing the optional skewer test), you need to leave the pumpkin bread in the bread loaf container for 10 minutes after you take it out of the bread machine. Denser & moister quick breads take a little longer for the interior dough to be fully baked.
  • Be careful when removing the pumpkin bread from the bread loaf pan. The exterior of quick breads is much softer than sandwich-type bread loaves. Therefore, they can break or “dent” more easily when you remove them from the bread loaf pan. When removing the quick bread, you should be careful not to let the handle of the bread pan damage the bread.

 

  • If you would like to explore other “harvest-based” quick breads, you should look at our recipes for Blueberry Banana BreadCranberry Bread (with fresh cranberries) or Strawberry Bread (with homemade whipped cream).
  • If you have a problem with a quick bread recipe, please make sure that you are following the recipe exactly. You will need to make sure that you are inputting the correct bread machine settings (see tips above about the Quick Bread setting), using the exact ingredient measurements (i.e. don’t eyeball the measurements versus using a measuring cup), using the exact ingredients called for in the recipe (i.e. baking soda/powder versus yeast or all purpose flour versus bread flour), etc. Please don’t “wing” things with recipes unless you are willing to live with your experiments!
  • In addition, you should try to use relatively fresh baking soda & powder for the best results. For example, using baking soda from an open container (that has been deodorizing your refrigerator for months) may lead to subpar results. Old & hard baking powder/soda may lead to rising problems and/or leave small bitter clumps in your bread.
  • Please read the instructions/manual included with your bread machine in order to use it safely and effectively. Recipe instructions & settings may differ slightly depending on the brand & model of bread machine utilized.
  • You can visit our instructional videos section if you want to watch videos that show you how to do the toothpick test or learn about common sweet quick bread problems & solutions (watch the banana bread video as we don’t have one on pumpkin bread).
  • Always wear oven mitts/gloves when dealing with a bread machine. The bread pan and the rest of the bread machine can get very hot during the baking process. This means that the bread pan and bread machine is likely to be very hot when you attempt to remove a baked good from the bread machine and/or bread pan.
  • For more easy bread machine recipes (i.e. white bread, banana bread, pizza dough, cornbread, French bread, whole wheat bread, etc.), please visit Bread Dad’s main Bread Machine Recipes section.

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Bread Machine Pumpkin Bread - Easy Dessert Recipe

This bread machine pumpkin bread recipe is easy and tastes fantastic! It is a great harvest-themed dessert. Perfect for Thanksgiving, Halloween, etc. Visit BreadDad.com for more delicious quick bread recipes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 40 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread machine pumpkin bread, bread maker pumpkin bread, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bread machine, pumpkin bread recipe
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

  • 8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 2 Eggs (large)
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 2 Cups Flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 Cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Instructions

  • Bread Machine Settings – Sweet Quick Bread, Light Color
  • Lightly beat the eggs.
  • Soften the butter in a microwave.
  • Add the butter, eggs & pumpkin puree into the bread pan and then add the dry ingredients. Be aware that the bread pan should be removed from the bread machine before you start to add any ingredients. This helps to avoid spilling any material inside the bread machine. The bread machine should always be unplugged when removing the bread pan.
  • Put the bread pan (with all of the ingredients) back into the bread machine, close the bread machine lid and then plug in the bread machine.
  • Enter the bread machine settings (Sweet Quick Bread, Light Color) and press the start button. Before making this recipe, please read the tips section below for more information regarding the sweet quick bread setting used to make pumpkin breads. This setting can be very confusing on some bread machines… but the tips section below will help you to find the right setting to use on your machine. You need to enter the correct pumpkin bread setting used by your SPECIFIC bread machine model or the pumpkin bread could be under or over cooked.
  • When the bread machine has finished baking the bread, unplug the bread machine, remove the bread pan and place it on a wooden cutting board. Let the pumpkin bread stay within the bread pan (bread loaf container) for 10 minutes before you remove it from the bread pan. Use oven mitts when removing the bread pan because it will be very hot!
  • Optional - Use a long wooden skewer to test if the pumpkin bread is completely cooked. Wear oven mitts as the bread pan will be hot. See the tips section for more details.
  • After 10 the minute "cooldown", you should remove the pumpkin bread from the bread pan and place the pumpkin bread on a wire cooling rack to finish cooling. Use oven mitts when removing the bread.
  • Don’t forget to remove the mixing paddle if it is stuck in the bread. Use oven mitts as the mixing paddle could be hot.
  • You should allow the pumpkin bread to completely cool before cutting. This can take up to 2 hours. Otherwise, the pumpkin bread will break (crumble) more easily when cut.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 3451IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg

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