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This pumpkin-spice bread with orange zest is the best pumpkin loaf you will ever bake. Moist, soft, with subtle orange notes and the aroma of the spices of the season: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice…

sliced pumpkin-spice bread with orange zest

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Pumpkin Bread or Pumpkin Cake?

Does anybody have this obsession with loaf pans? I adore baking loaf-shaped bread: banana bread, oatmeal cranberry-banana bread, chocolate-cranberry banana bread, gingerbread, Meyer lemon bread with pecans, Meyer lemon pound cake… you name it!

Some of them are more like a cake, but because I bake them in loaf pans, they are an easy treat for breakfast or as a snack. This pumpkin-spice bread falls more into that cakey-ish category.

ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and orange, ingredients for the pumpkin spice loaf.

Not too sweet, the perfect balance between the orange citrus and the spices, makes this pumpkin-spice loaf a hard-to-resist temptation, especially during the fall season.

Spiced pumpkin bread in a loaf pan.

As some of you may know, I live in Miami. Autumn here is just an entelechy, a dream. But if you want to make that dream come true, there is nothing like baking this easy pumpkin-spice bread.

Pumpkin spice bread in a loaf pan.

How to Make Pumpkin-Spice Bread with Orange Zest

All you have to do is:

  1. Follow Put dry ingredients in a bowl, and whisk them until well combined.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar, add the eggs one at a time. and beat them.
  3. Add orange zest and mix well.
  4. Add dry ingredients and beat until well combined.
  5. Add canned pumpkin puré and mix well.
  6. Bake at 350F for 55 minutes and wait until it cools down to enjoy it.
Sliced pumpkin spice bread with orange zest.

To make this recipe, you’ll need some utensils and ingredients, including:

Pumpkin Spice Bread Recipe

Sliced pumpkin spice bread.

Following is the recipe that I slightly adapted from this one I found at Williams-Sonoma.

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5 from 28 votes

Pumpkin-Spice Bread with Orange Zest

This pumpkin-spice bread with orange zest is spongy and fragrant, summing up the aromas of the season: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Cooling down30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Servings: 10
Calories: 323kcal


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 10 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients: flour, spices, baking powder, and baking soda. Reserve.
  • In another bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until creamy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs, one by one, and continue beating 1 minute per egg.
  • Add the orange zest and combine.
  • Add dry ingredients and beat until well blended.
  • Add the pumpkin puree and mix well.
  • Spray a loaf pan with baking spray.
  • With the help of a silicone spatula, pour the mixture into the pan.
  • Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out completely clean.
  • Cool completely and unmold.



Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin-Spice Bread with Orange Zest
Amount Per Serving
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 212mg9%
Potassium 153mg4%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 4234IU85%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breads, Breakfast, Desserts, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pumpkin spice loaf, how to make pumpkin bread, how to make pumpkin spice loaf, how to make pumpkin-spice bread, pumpkin bread recipe, Pumpkin-spice bread with orange zest recipe
Author: Enri

I first made this bread back in the fall of 2012. Following are some of my old pics.

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