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Buttermilk Pumpkin Bread

I still don’t have any candy in the house. In just a few hours, the homes in my neighborhood will be filled with eager trick or treaters, the energy bursting at the seams, counting down the minutes until the sun goes down and they get…

Buttermilk Pumpkin Bread | www.kitchenconfidante.com
Buttermilk Pumpkin Bread

Buttermilk Pumpkin Bread | www.kitchenconfidante.com

I still don’t have any candy in the house. In just a few hours, the homes in my neighborhood will be filled with eager trick or treaters, the energy bursting at the seams, counting down the minutes until the sun goes down and they get the green light from their parents to emerge and begin the spooky Halloween fun. And I still don’t have a single snitch of candy!

It was intentional. In years past, the Halloween candy I buy somehow disappears into a mysterious black hole of candy abyss days (or even weeks) before its intended night. I have my suspicions as to who is sneaking a Twix or two. I’ve tried hiding the stash, but no matter how clever the hiding spot, it its always found. Always. So my strategy this year was to hold off to the last possible minute.

Without any sweets to sneak, I found myself craving a treat: a spicy, tender slice of warm pumpkin bread. Is there anything better as we head into days of cozy sweaters and tall warm boots? I think not! If only I could convince my children to agree this is far better than the candies that will fill their baskets!

“Mom, are you handing out pumpkin bread tonight?” my daughter quipped. “Not a bad idea,” I joked back.

The kids might not appreciate it, but perhaps you might? This is my treat for you. Buttermilk Pumpkin Bread. A slice of comfort, on this Halloween night. Have a delicious Halloween, everyone!

Buttermilk Pumpkin Bread

2 9-inch loaves | Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 50 minutes

I’m not sure what’s better: biting into a freshly baked slice of fresh pumpkin bread, or the way your home is filled with the aroma of autumn. Have the best of both worlds in this wonderful treat.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 oz fresh or canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or substitute 1 cup milk with juice of one lemon)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 9-inch loaf pans by buttering and lining with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt. Add nuts if using, then set aside. In a the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream sugar and butter. Mix in eggs, one at a time, then add the pumpkin and bananas. Add flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating until incorporated. Try to end with the dry ingredient addition, and be sure not to over mix.

Bake in buttered loaf pans for 45 minutes to one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


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  1. CeCe

    Just made this loaf as I had left over pumpkin and buttermilk from a previous recipe and cannot wait to try it.  I cut the ingredients in half because I only wanted to make 1 loaf rather than 2 and it came out beautifully!

  2. Tara H

    My son and I made this tonight…Delicious!!! Smells just as great as it taste too… Will make this again for the Holidays. Also I made one 9×5 loaf and 12 cup cakes.

    • Liren

      Hi Tara! I’m so glad you and your son were able to enjoy the Pumpkin Bread together!

  3. Kristen

    Hi! This recipe looks delicious :) Does the flavor of the banana come through? If so, is it’s intention along the lines of using oil or applesauce? I’m wondering if I could make that substitution :)

    • Liren

      Hi Kristen! The banana flavor does not really come through, as the pumpkin flavor really prevails. My intent was to add sweetness and moisture, much like applesauce. If your applesauce is on the sweet side, then I would use that as a substitute! Hope that helps, I hope you like it!

  4. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I didn’t pass out candy but I joked about giving out homemade brioche rolls. Somehow I don’t think the kids would appreciate them ;). Lovely bread!

  5. Monet

    We haven’t bought candy either. We actually turned the lights off this year because little Lucy goes to bed so early. We didn’t want any knocks waking her up! I would be so very happy with a slice of bread though. I’d take this over candy any day!

  6. Mary@SiftingFocus

    Liren, you’re not alone in waiting until the last minute to buy your Halloween candy. I heard a statistic today stating that more Halloween candy is actually sold on Halloween than any other day leading up to Trick or Treat night. I think others, including myself, have figured out that if it isn’t in the house – we can’t eat it. So self-disciplined, aren’t we? I would love a slice of this pumpkin bread in my treat bag!

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