Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Gingerbread is a deliciously moist, easy quick bread made with ginger, molasses, brown sugar, and warm spices. Takes just a few minutes to put together; it's perfect for the autumn holidays.
What's the Story Behind this Recipe?
I'm one of those bakers who is always fiddling and tweaking my recipes, so of course I made a few changes to my old standard recipe this time, too - most notably the substitution of coconut oil for butter. Wow, what a difference that made!
All those sweet spices danced across my tongue with whole new level of rich, gingerbready goodness!
Just to make sure it wasn't just my imagination, I made two more batches of Pumpkin Gingerbread (all for you, my friends), with equally delicious results.
When I shared it with the family, my mother-in-law Carol even told me I was (and I am quoting her word-for-word here), "A damn good cook." That's high praise indeed!
FAQs & Expert Tips
I love it when things look as good as they taste! To create this lovely harvest-themed loaf, I used my beautiful harvest pumpkin loaf pan.
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Old-fashioned Pumpkin Gingerbread
- 1½ cups flour
- ¼ cup powdered milk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces unrefined coconut oil or butter; ½ cup, melted
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup molasses
- ¼ cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325° F | 165°C. Spray loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, powdered milk, baking soda, baking powder, ground spices, and salt. Set aside.
- In a small, microwave-safe bowl, heat coconut oil in microwave for 30 seconds to melt. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat eggs until the are lemon colored. Add pumpkin, brown sugar, molasses, warm water and vanilla. Mix on low to combine. Add coconut oil and mix thoroughly.
- Stir in dry ingredients until well combine. (You can also mix this by hand.)
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Tap pan on counter a few times to get out the air bubbles, and then bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Loaf is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow loaf to cool in the pan on a wire rack until he pan is cool enough to touch; at least 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Dust loaf with powdered sugar if desired.
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