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Pumpkin Apple Bread

Pumpkin puree and finely chopped apple slices keep this bread naturally moist, while cinnamon and cloves give it that classic, comforting taste and aroma.  What better way to savor fall than to bake with apple and pumpkin?  And it is a bonus to have a bread that is sweet enough to be considered a treat, yet wholesome enough to be considered a hearty, healthy snack.  The recipe makes two loaves, so keep one loaf and give the other away, or keep both loaves!

pumpkin apple breadI adapted this recipe from one I found in my Hollyhocks & Radishes cookbook by Bonnie Stewart Mickelson. Since I did not have quite as much pumpkin puree as the recipe called for, I added some chopped apple slices to make up the difference, and the combination is delicious.  It is a very mild bread, and my husband, who is not a huge fan of a strong pumpkin flavor, prefers this adaptation.  My kids love it too, as do some of their friends (I often pack extra in their lunches so they can share).pumpkin apple breadThis past few days the weather has really turned, and it has been chilly and breezy outside.  It is dark earlier in the evenings, and dark when I take the kids to school in the mornings.  Suddenly the inside of the home becomes more appealing, and we spend more time inside.  We crave cozy things like baking bread, hot tea and blankets, soft lamps and candles.  I get to wear my favorite rain boots out and about, and tromp around in the woods taking pictures of the colorful leaves before they fall, and as they fall.

pumpkin apple breadI was leafing through a cookbook the other day and saw a recipe for ice pops.  When I saw it, I realized how far away summer seems now! Instead of dreaming up fun flavor combinations for homemade ice pops, after a busy day spent going all kinds of different directions, nowadays we are sitting down in the evenings with a cup of hot tea.  Even my kids are getting into drinking herbal tea, and I love using that as an excuse to drink a cup with them and try to find out what’s going on in their lives, though I don’t think I ever really find out as much as I’d like to.  This pumpkin apple bread goes perfectly with tea, by the way.

I hope you all have a great weekend! Stay warm and cozy! I am sharing this recipe over at Angie’s Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Maggie @ Spoon in a Saucepan.pumpkin apple breadpumpkin apple breadred maple tree

Pumpkin Apple Bread

  • Servings: two loaves
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  • 2/3 cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 and 2/3 cups of white granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree (if you prefer to use all pumpkin and no apple, just use 2 cups of pumpkin puree)
  • 1/2 cup of apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 3 and 1/2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly grease two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars.  In a small bowl, beat the eggs and then add them to the butter/sugar mixture.  Add the pumpkin, chopped apple, and water.  Stir well until thoroughly combined.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ground cloves.  Stir with a fork until well combined.  Stir the dry ingredients into the bowl with the pumpkin mixture.  Stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.  Fold in the nuts, if you are using them.

Pour the batter into the greased loaf pans, distributing the batter evenly between the two pans.  Bake in your 350-degree oven for about one hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

Let the bread cool for about 10 minutes in the pans, then gently turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Enjoy!

This recipe is adapted from one found in Hollyhocks & Radishes by Bonnie Stewart Mickelson.


  1. Amanda | What's Cooking

    So beautiful. Perfect and simple. I really do love all things pumpkin even though there are better tasting squash out there. Im currently enjoying some pan de muerto in mexico done in stuck here for work. Maybe I’ll share the recipe 😉 have a great weekend! Xo

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Amanda! I love both pumpkin and squash and I love using them in different ways. I would love to see your recipe for pan de muerto. My daughter’s Spanish class is going to a Mexican restaurant next week to celebrate día de los muertos and she and I were going to try to make the bread too. I hope you are having a nice weekend and enjoying a change of scenery and some really good food and drinks! 🙂

  2. CakePants

    This looks wonderfully tender and fragrant! It was rather surprising to me how quickly the weather turned earlier this week – baking this looks like a great way to make the house feel (and smell) all cozy 🙂

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Mara! The bread does have a really nice texture. Hope you are having a good weekend and enjoying the beautiful foliage around us!

  3. FrugalHausfrau

    I have this book and I love it! I make her rhubarb pie all the time. I’m not at home now, but I’m pretty sure my recipe that I love is from that book! 🙂 Are you from the Michigan area?

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Mollie! Yes, I am in Michigan. The Hollyhocks & Radishes book is based on the Upper Peninsula and I am in the lower one, but I love northern Michigan and that book is so much fun to use. How cool that you have it too!

      • FrugalHausfrau

        As soon as you mentioned it I was like I wish I had my copy! It’s like a familiar friend…I’m normally in Mn and I didn’t think the book probably had too wide of a publication footprint.

      • Jenny

        Yes, I was surprised when you said you had the book! It does seem like a rare kind of gem. Very comforting too. 🙂


    I just love these flavors and like that you put pumpkin and apple together – very moist I’m sure. Happy FF!

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Judi! And thank you for co-hosting FF this week. 🙂

  5. Julie is Hostess At Heart

    That is one beautiful bread. I love how soft an moist that crumb is. Apple pumpkin is a great combo!

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Julie!

  6. Maggie

    I’m loving all the fall flavours this Fiesta Friday! What a beautiful bread and I love that it a good accompaniment to tea. I’m a huge fan of tea and I’m always looking for something to eat with it besides biscuits.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday!

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Maggie! I am also always looking for something to eat with tea! 🙂

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