Pumpkin Yeast Bread

This super simple pumpkin yeast bread packs big time pumpkin flavor in a light and airy yeast bread. Simple to make and perfect for ham sandwiches.

Pumpkin Yeast Bread by Nutmeg Nanny

I have an irrational fear about yeast and I have done everything within my power to stay away from the stuff.  I mean, I still eat yeast bread, I just won’t make them.  I always thought they would be complicated and I would somehow screw it up. I have very little confidence in some areas of baking. Should I be saying this? I hope no one reading my blogs thinks I’m an expert. If so, that last statement must have really let you down…

Now. Back to the bread.  Since it’s now September I decided it was high time I started using pumpkin. I would have started using it in August but I just seems so out of place in the summer.  Am I right?

I found this recipe in the King Arthur Website and knew right away it was going to be the pumpkin winner and my first foray into yeast breads. Now that I’m done with the process and have eaten several slices I only have one thing to say “why did I wait so long?” For real. Why did I wait so long?! Not only was the bread amazing it was therapeutic to do all the kneading by hand.  I took all my frustration out on that bread.  It was amazing.  I thought about my day and all the things bugging me. I kneaded some more. I thought about my difficultly finding a “grown-up” job and  how I hate my student loans. I kneaded some more. By the time the bread was ready to rest I felt like I had been through a therapy session.  I loved it.

Pumpkin Yeast Bread by Nutmeg Nanny

After I let the bread rise I molted it into a loaf and placed it gently into my pan.  I looked after that thing like it was my child.  I wanted it to turn out perfectly. After it rose some more it was finally time to bake.  Oh and when I mean “rose some more” I really mean “it rose crazy big and looked all weird and funky” but I wasn’t going to turn it away. It was my child! Since it was time to bake I put it in the oven and hoped for the best.  It turned out BUT it was crazy big. It was like a giant popover of a loaf of bread. It was sorta funny looking. But I loved it. It was my first yeast bread and I was going to love it no matter what it looked like or tasted like.

Pumpkin Yeast Bread by Nutmeg Nanny

It was only after I went on Twitter did I learn (thank you friends!) that I could have punched down the dough and let it rise again to a more reasonable height. Oh well I guess. I kind of like how this loaf  had a “built in handle” thing going on. It was really convenient.

So I’m sure you are all wondering about the taste.  It’s not overly pumpkiny (?) and the spices are really delicate and do not overpower the bread. It has a soft, chewy texture and is great plain or slathered with honey butter.  I’m thinking it would be amazing as french toast too…ok I really need to do that. Maybe tomorrow for breakfast?


Pumpkin Yeast Bread by Nutmeg Nanny



Pumpkin Yeast Bread

This super simple pumpkin yeast bread packs big time pumpkin flavor in a light and airy yeast bread. Simple to make and perfect for ham sandwiches.

Yield: 2 large loaves

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 packages (2 tablespoons) active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups puréed pumpkin, either fresh or canned
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


In a large bowl, stir yeast into water to soften. Add milk, eggs, pumpkin, oil, 4 cups flour, brown sugar, salt, ginger and cinnamon to yeast mixture. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes.

Gradually add remaining flour, a little at a time, until you have a dough stiff enough to knead. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead, adding flour as necessary, until you have a smooth, elastic dough.

Put dough into an oiled bowl. Turn once to coat entire ball of dough with oil. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Turn dough out onto a lightly oiled work surface. Divide dough in half. Shape dough into loaves and place in well-greased 10 x 5-inch pans or, shape half into a loaf, and other half into 12 large dinner rolls. Cover with a towel and let rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.

Bake in a preheated 375°F oven. Loaves bake about 30 minutes, rolls about 20. Check the internal temperature of each with an instant-read thermometer; a reading of 190°F means bread or rolls are done.

Immediately remove bread or rolls from pans and cool on a wire rack to prevent crust from becoming soggy. For a shiny crust, brush tops of bread or rolls lightly with vegetable oil. Makes 2 large loaves, or 1 large loaf and 12 dinner rolls.

*I successfully halved this recipe

46 Responses to “Pumpkin Yeast Bread”

  1. #
    Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies — September 2, 2011 at 12:41 am

    I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a while and plan to make it once fall comes around. Can you taste the spices? I’m kinda thinking I might want to triple them since I like things to be really flavorful.

    • admin replied: — September 2nd, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

      I liked the spices at the level they were because I felt like the pumpkin bread could still be served with savory dishes and not taste too much like dessert. I think if you really pumped up the spices you would get a more dessert (or breakfast) tasting bread. Both would be good, but I guess it depends on when you feel like serving it 🙂

  2. #
    chef barbie — September 2, 2011 at 12:48 am

    this bread looks yummy! i might be tempted to overcome my fear of yeast to try it!

  3. #
    Erica — September 2, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Pumpkin with yeast- what a fun idea!!! I bet its awesome toasted!!

  4. #
    Veronica — September 2, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Congrats girl, you made your first yeast bread! The more you make it, the better you’ll get. I can think of few things more delicious than freshly baked yeast bread. You cracked me up with the “measuring cup” comment! You are so cute.

  5. #
    5 Star Foodie — September 2, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Great job! The bread sounds really delicious with pumpkin and spices!

  6. #
    Chiara — September 2, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I’m terrified of yeast as well, you are not alone… your bread looks wonderful though. Congrats!

  7. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — September 2, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Hee hee! This made me giggle- the irrational fear of yeast and the built in handles! 🙂 Truly a fun recipe though. I have never seen a yeast pumpkin bread.

  8. #
    Keeley @ My Life on a Plate — September 2, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I agree that yeast breads are scary! I tried my first one two years ago and while they normally come out fine, I do get the occasional surprise (aka failure).

    I had a pumpkin yeast bread on a Carnival cruise earlier this summer. They used it to make a hot ham sandwich… omg, so good! That sandwich tasted like Thanksgiving. I recommend making a hot sandwich with this bread. You’ll love it.

  9. #
    Blond Duck — September 2, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I’m so intrigued!

  10. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — September 2, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Good job! I love the built-in handles 🙂 Maybe this will encourage me to overcome my fear…

  11. #
    Dana — September 2, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I have made many pumpkin quick breads, but never a yeasted version! This sounds delicious, and since I got over my yeast fear by making homemade pita, I will definitely be giving this a shot!

  12. #
    Mal @ The Chic Geek — September 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

    This looks great! Perfect fall treat

  13. #
    Maria — September 2, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I would love a slice! Looks so good!

  14. #
    Suzanne — September 2, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I was just thinking of pumpkin recipes and this looks great, you don’t typically see a yeast pumpkin bread 🙂

  15. #
    Doreen Power — September 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    In the ingredientsyou have ginger and cinnamon but in the directions you have ginger and cardamon. which is right?

    • admin replied: — September 2nd, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

      Hi Doreen,

      I substituted cinnamon for cardamom because I was out. I fixed that (and noted that) in the recipe. Thanks for the heads-up 🙂

  16. #
    Joanne — September 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I made this last year and it made my life. It’s my favorite yeast bread of all time.

  17. #
    Ben — September 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Yay it’s that time of the year again when all those delicious pumpkin recipes start to appear. I love this bread. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. #
    hungryandfrozen — September 3, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Such a beautiful colour! Good on you getting into breadmaking…I really wish we had canned pumpkin here in New Zealand, I’ll have to make extra next time I’m steaming or roasting it so I can try this.

    • admin replied: — September 3rd, 2011 @ 1:37 am

      I had no idea you couldn’t find canned pumpkin in NZ! Do they offer canned squash? If you ever need a can don’t hesitate to ask…although I’m not sure how much that would cost to ship…haha

  19. #
    Marla — September 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I am the same way when it comes to yeast bread. What’s up with that. For some reason a fear settles in. Hmmm.
    Anyways, this pumpkin bread is my kinda thing…looks awesome!
    I would love if you added this and any other links to my “Happy Post” today. http://su.pr/1bZ8fp

  20. #
    spiceblogger — September 3, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Great job on the bread! It looks so yummy.
    I laughed thru this post b/c I have felt the same way about attempting to bake with yeast. A couple of weeks ago I bought some yeast thinking I will finally attempt a yeast bread. Thanks for giving me the courage to actually do it! LOL

  21. #
    Katherine Martinelli — September 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Love this! I totally know what you mean about the irrational fear of baking with yeast – I’m with you all the way 🙂 Seems like you’ve overcome it nicely though!

  22. #
    Diana @ a girl, a dog and an oven — September 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

    This looks like the perfect bread for fall lunches…definitely going to try it. Congrats on conquering your fear of yeast!! 🙂

  23. #
    Kathleen — September 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    This looks really yummy!

  24. #
    Raina — September 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    This looks so yummy! Perfect for the fall. I want some toasted and loaded with butter. I was just like you, and then once I tried making bread same as you I realized how enjoyable it is:)

  25. #
    Barbara — September 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Oh good! We’re starting pumpkin recipes. Can’t be too soon for me!
    Your bread looks fabulous!

  26. #
    Katrina — September 5, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    It’s coming! (Autumn!) Great looking bread!

  27. #
    Donalyn — September 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    This looks luscious!

  28. #
    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — September 6, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Oh wow, does this sound GOOD!! Congrats on your first successful yeast bread attempt! I’ve been backing with yeast for years now, but have never gotten a rise as great as yours…I’d say that’s something to be proud of! 🙂

    And pumpkin…..Mmmm!!

  29. #
    Jessica — September 6, 2011 at 1:42 am

    WOW! I can’t wait to try this! I keep telling myself I am not going to make anything Pumpkin until October…but I am not sure if I can actually hold out!

  30. #
    Jeanette — September 6, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Love the pretty color of this pumpkin bread! Can’t wait to see more yeast breads that you make – I love homemade bread, the smell coming out of the oven makes it all well worth it.

  31. #
    Carol Stevens — September 6, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Congrats on your first yeast bread! I hope you will be making many more 🙂

  32. #
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 6, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I know some people are hesitant about working with yeast doughs, but they’ve always been my favorite baking project. Something so satisfying about kneading and watching it almost come alive as it rises. I used to make almost all our bread but stopped doing that for some reason. Thanks for reminding me how much I love bread making. Your pumpkin bread looks fantastic! Love the measuring cup slice 🙂

  33. #
    shannon — September 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    oh man, how awesome does that loaf look! i can’t wait to unpack all my baking supplies and get back to baking 🙂

  34. #
    Sue — September 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Brandy, Your “child” turned out beautifully, handles and all:) I really do want to make my own loaf. Lovely:)

  35. #
    Julia — September 7, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Love the handles on the bread, ha!

  36. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — September 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I love, love, love pumpkin anything. You will probably hear me say that 47 times this year and its’ so true!

  37. #
    martha — September 12, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    this looks and sounds so wonderful! is this something that can be prepared in a bread maker and then baked in the oven?

  38. #
    BigFatBaker — October 22, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I love the built in handles! So cute. This recipe was a new favorite of mine and I definitely want to make it again. It helped ease my yeast bread nervousness a little too 😉


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