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Pumpkin Yeast Bread

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

Pumpkin Yeast Bread sliced

If you love to fall and want everything in your life fall-themed, this bread will be your new best friend.

Well, if bread could be best friends.

This pumpkin yeast bread is super simple to make and only takes a couple of hours from start to finish.

The hardest part about making this bread is waiting for it to cool so you can slice it up.

It’s lightly spiced with ground cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. So it’s not overpowering but gives you just the slightest hint of fall flavor.

It’s great on sandwiches (pairs exceptionally with ham!) or just as a slice of toast.

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Pumpkin Yeast Bread sliced on a plate with butter

What is the difference between yeast bread and quick bread?

It’s pretty typical to see pumpkin bread this time of the year. However, usually, it’s a quick bread instead of a light and airy yeast bread.

If you have ever made banana bread, zucchini bread, or even traditional pumpkin bread, you know that they are typically quick bread. They do not require yeast or rising time and come together pretty quickly.

You need to use yeast for yeast bread to rise. It requires more time because yeast bread typically takes at least an hour to rise.

Can I use anything else besides pumpkin puree?

Yes, but you’ll want to keep it similar if you want the bread to turn out as written.

I have found canned sweet potato and butternut squash that work great in this recipe.

Always remember only to use puree and not pumpkin pie filling. That is a VERY different ingredient that will not work in this recipe.

Pumpkin Yeast Bread dough

What brand of pumpkin puree is the best?

I am not loyal when it comes to canned pumpkin.

I have successfully used Libby, Great Value, Trader Joe’s, Farmer’s Market Brand, and organic and non-organic brands.

Can I make my bread rise faster?

Not really, but some factors slightly affect the timing of your rise.

If your room is cold, the yeast is less active and will take longer to rise. If your room is hot, your yeast will be more active and rise faster.

However, the faster your bread rises, the less time it has to establish flavor.

If you’re working in a warm space, keep an eye on your bread, as it will rise much faster than possibly called for.

Pumpkin Yeast Bread sliced on a plate with butter

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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.
4.42 from 12 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Rising Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 2 (9×5) loaves


  • 2 tablespoons instant or active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk 113 grams
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree 340 grams
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 25 grams
  • 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 780 grams
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 106 grams
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Place all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer.
  • If kneading by hand mix together the ingredients and knead by hand until a smooth soft dough is achieved. If using an electric mixer, fit it with the dough hook and knead until a smooth soft dough is achieved. I used an electric mixer with a dough hook and this took about 10 minutes.
  • Light grease a large mixing bowl and add the dough.
  • Cover and let rise until doubled, about 60-75 minutes.
  • Lightly oil your work surface.
  • Gently deflate your dough and turn it out on the oiled work surface.
  • Shape each half into a loaf, and place in lightly greased 9" x 5" loaf pans.
  • Cover the pans and let the loaves rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Toward the end of the rising time preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bake the bread for 30 to 35 minutes, or until its crust is a deep golden brown, and a digital thermometer inserted into the center registers about 190 degrees F.
  • Remove the bread from the oven, and turn it out onto a rack to cool. Store completely cool bread at room temperature for up to 5 days.


Recipe from King Arthur Flour


Serving: 1g | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 279mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade bread recipes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin yeast bread
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Recipe Rating


Monday 2nd of October 2023

Makes a great loaf. The flavors are subtle, which is great. Smells wonderful, tastes great, and looks beautiful.


Friday 24th of December 2021

Thank you for sharing this recipe! The rolls turned out beautifully! I made both buns and cinnamon rolls, and they’re delicious!


Saturday 22nd of October 2011

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 ;)


Monday 12th of September 2011

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

Maris (In Good Taste)

Wednesday 7th of September 2011

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


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