Pumpkin Gingerbread

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Perfect for the holidays, richly flavored pumpkin gingerbread made with pumpkin purée, flour, butter, ginger, molasses, brown sugar, and lots of spices.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

This pumpkin gingerbread is one of our favorite treats for fall!

We almost always have extra pumpkin sitting around this time of year, either puréed and in cans, or fresh. Two of my favorite sweet quick breads are pumpkin bread and gingerbread.

This recipe started as an experiment to combine the two. The result? A tender, richly flavored loaf—spicy, molasses-y, and pumpkin-y. 

It’s easy to make too. You can make your own pumpkin purée from scratch or just use canned pumpkin purée.

How to make pumpkin gingerbread

Pumpkin Gingerbread Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Makes one loaf

By the way, we made one batch of this pumpkin gingerbread forgetting to add the melted butter and you know what? It's still turned out fine. Not as moist as the butter version, but still good, and better the next day. I still prefer the butter version, but if you are trying to cut back, you can leave it out.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (200 g) all purpose flour*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (240 ml) pumpkin purée (canned or homemade**)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, or 112 g) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) molasses
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced candied or fresh ginger (optional)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

* I've also made this pumpkin gingerbread using gluten-free flour from King Arthur. Turned out great!

* * To make pumpkin purée from pieces of leftover pumpkin, just roast or boil the pieces until tender, then remove the skin. Smash the cooked pumpkin with a fork. If using a whole pumpkin, sugar pumpkins work best. Cut in half, scoop out the strings and seeds, bake the pumpkin halves at 350°F on a foil-lined baking pan until soft, about 45 minutes to an hour. When cool, scoop out the flesh and mash with a fork.

Method

1 Preheat oven and prepare pan: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Prepare a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray or butter to keep the pumpkin gingerbread from sticking to the pan.

2 Mix dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, vigorously whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

3 Mix wet ingredients: In another bowl, use a wooden spoon to mix together the pumpkin purée, melted butter, sugar, molasses, fresh or candied ginger, eggs, and water.

4 Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Add the raisins if using. Stir only until incorporated.

5 Bake: Place the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake at 350°F for 50-60 minutes, until a bamboo skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

6 Cool: Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then gently run a knife around the edge of the loaf and invert the loaf to remove it from the pan. Let it cool on a rack completely before slicing.

The loaf's flavor will improve with time. If you cut into it while it is still a bit warm, it may be crumbly. In which case you may want to make your slices with a bread knife.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Reir

    This was fantastic! Amazing taste and consistency. I did use grated ginger and raisins, and they definitely added to the taste. Thank you – another wonderful recipe from your website.

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  • Angela I.

    Sooooo good! Crazy moist and unbelievably flavourful.

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  • Claire

    I made this approximately 842 times last fall and I’m so excited to be making it again this year! I use whole wheat flour and it turns out delish.

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  • Jill

    I made these as mini muffins, they were sooooo good! Thank you!

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  • Sasha

    I cannot wait to try this! I’m usually super pleased with recipes from this site. Has anyone tried a vegan version of this? I would appreciate any tips for the best translation. Thanks for my fave cooking page, Elise!

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