recipe of Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

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1 hour
Vadim Rachok
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The crisp, cool air of autumn carries with it the tantalizing scent of freshly baked pumpkin bread. It’s a fragrance that instantly transports you to cozy kitchens and warm hearths, where the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg mingles with the sweet fragrance of pumpkin. For those who love this classic autumn treat, it’s impossible not to daydream about indulging in a slice or two. And what better recipe to use than the beloved Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread? This recipe has garnered a cult following on Allrecipes, with over 8,000 glowing 5-star ratings. The bread is moist, tender, and bursting with rich pumpkin flavor, accented by a subtle spice blend that elevates each bite. One taste of this delicious bread, and you’ll be hooked.

Indulge in the warmth of autumn with the aroma and taste of this Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread. As a chef, I can't help but appreciate the simplicity and popularity of this recipe, evident in its 5-star ratings from over 8,000 satisfied bakers on Allrecipes. The combination of moistness, tenderness, and the rich essence of pumpkin, elevated by a touch of spice, creates a sensory experience that captures the essence of fall. Whether shared with loved ones or savored quietly, this pumpkin bread is a delightful celebration of the season.

How to Make Pumpkin Bread

Great news! Making pumpkin bread is actually incredibly easy, and you don’t even need an electric mixer (although it can help). You’ll find a full, step-by-step recipe below, but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when making homemade pumpkin bread:

  1. First, mix your wet ingredients and separately mix your dry ingredients. Then, combine everything together.
  2. Divide the mixture evenly into two loaf pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

The recipe yields two loaves, perfect for sharing or saving for later.

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Should You Use Canned or Fresh Pumpkin for Pumpkin Bread?

This recipe requires canned pumpkin puree, so make sure it is plain pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. Using fresh pumpkins is another option, but it may take more time and effort. If you choose to use fresh pumpkin, you can follow this recipe to make pumpkin puree from scratch. A 1 ½-pound sugar pumpkin will yield approximately 2 cups of mashed pumpkin, which is equivalent to a 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree.

How to determine if Pumpkin Bread is fully baked and ready to be taken out of the oven?

Pumpkin bread is a delicious treat that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It has a unique taste, but it is also known for being dense, which can make it challenging to determine when it is fully cooked. You don’t want to serve up a bread that is raw in the middle! However, there are a few tips you can follow to ensure that your pumpkin bread is cooked to perfection.

First, look for a crack on the top of the bread. This crack is a clear indication that the bread is either done or close to being done. When you see this, you can feel more confident that your bread is coming along nicely.

Next, to double-check if your bread is ready, insert a skewer or toothpick into the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, then your bread is ready to be taken out of the oven. On the other hand, if the toothpick comes out with batter or crumbs on it, your bread needs more time to bake. Let it bake for a few more minutes and then check again with a clean toothpick. By following these simple steps, you can make sure your pumpkin bread is cooked to perfection every time you bake it.

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread step by step recipe

How to Remove Pumpkin Bread From the Loaf Pan

Quick breads are a staple in many households, but they can be challenging to remove from a loaf pan. To ensure a smooth removal process, it is essential to prepare the pan correctly. Thoroughly greasing the pan before adding the batter is highly recommended.

Once the bread is baked, you must let it cool for about ten minutes or until the pan can be safely handled. Using a knife, run it gently along the edges of the bread to loosen it from the pan. Now, gently shake the pan until the bread comes loose. You can now turn it out onto a wire rack or plate with ease. It is crucial to let the bread continue to cool at this point.

Although the aroma of freshly baked bread may be tempting, it is best to let it cool completely before slicing into it. This waiting period allows the bread to firm up, making it easier to slice without it crumbling.

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread recipe

Pumpkin Bread Mistakes

Pumpkin bread is a delicious and easy quick bread to make. However, if your recipe doesn’t turn out as planned, here are some common mistakes and how to fix them:

  • Tough Bread: If your bread has a tough texture instead of a soft, cake-like one, it’s likely that you’re overmixing your batter. When preparing quick breads, you should avoid overmixing because excessive gluten development can alter the texture of your bread. Mix your ingredients until they are just combined – some lumps in the batter are still okay.
  • Dry bread: Dry pumpkin bread can be quite disappointing. To prevent dry, crumbly bread, it’s important to keep your batter moist. You can achieve this by either using less flour or adding more liquid, but avoid adding more oil. Instead, consider adding orange juice or even bourbon to add some liquid to the batter.

How to Store Pumpkin Bread

Once your freshly baked bread has had enough time to cool down to room temperature, it’s time to wrap it up. You can use either plastic wrap or aluminum foil to keep it fresh. For optimal storage, choose a cool and dry location and keep the bread there for up to four days. If you plan to keep it for longer, consider storing it in the refrigerator where it can stay fresh for up to one week.


This would be a wonderful bread, rich in fiber and vitamins, if it weren't for the large amount of sugar, which instantly turns the recipe into a source of fast carbohydrates. The white flour used in the recipe is also not the healthiest option. Therefore, I recommend consuming this pumpkin bread in very moderate amounts. However, if you replace sugar with a natural and non-caloric sweetener, and white flour with whole grain flour, this bread will transform and become a source not only of complex carbohydrates and valuable fiber but also of vitamins A, C, E, and B group, as pumpkin contains a large amount of them. Additionally, this recipe has a wonderful blend of spices that not only add flavor and variety but also have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties!

Jenny Dobrynina
Jenny Dobrynina
Nutrition Editor
Health score:
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
Indulge in the delectable flavors of this classic Maine recipe - a moist and spicy pumpkin bread that's perfect for the holiday season. The bread is easy to make and boasts a rich, comforting aroma that will fill your home with warmth. As an added bonus, the flavors deepen and intensify the day after it's baked, making it all the more worthwhile to whip up a batch. Treat yourself or surprise your loved ones with this irresistible gift that's sure to delight their taste buds.
recipe of Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
2 (9x5-inch) loaves
Ingredients you will need
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
⅔ cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Let’s start !

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare two 9×5-inch loaf pans by greasing and flouring them.


2 Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger in a large bowl.


3 Mix pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water, and sugar in a separate bowl until well blended.


4 Gently mix the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture until they are just blended.


5 Kindly pour the batter into the pans that have been prepared.


6 Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


7 Enjoy!

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Calories: 263
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g13%
Saturated Fat 2g8%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 305mg13%
Total Carbohydrate 41g15%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Total Sugars 26g 
Protein 3g 
Vitamin C 1mg4%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg7%
Potassium 69mg1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For the perfect pumpkin bread, attention to detail is key. When determining if it's fully baked, keep an eye out for that inviting crack on the top – a sure sign it's nearing perfection. The toothpick test is your ally; a clean pick signals readiness, while batter or crumbs call for a bit more oven time. Also, ensure your loaf pan is well-greased for a smooth removal process. And if, by chance, you encounter common pitfalls like tough or dry bread, fear not. Adjustments in mixing and moisture can be game-changers. Embrace the delicious journey of baking this autumn classic!

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