Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

There’s no doubt about it, pumpkin is a quintessential flavor of fall. Although I appreciate pumpkin in all its forms, I especially love it in desserts. Pumpkin desserts are no stranger to the Sweet Precision kitchen. In past years I’ve made pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cake, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin tiramisu. I’ve even written a post about how to make your own pumpkin pie spice! This year, I’m adding to the lineup with some tasty pumpkin bread that is sure to leave your kitchen smelling divine.

This week marked the four year anniversary for Sweet Precision. I made my first Sweet Precision post on October 4th, 2012. Looking back, Matthew and I were just beginning what would be a one year long distance relationship with him moving to Ann Arbor to start his PhD program. I was continuing to enjoy life in Washington DC, but found myself feeling alone in a city that we had once explored together. I needed something to funnel my newfound spare time into—and a new baking blog was the perfect project.

Since then, it seems as though time has flown. I’ve moved to Ann Arbor, Matthew and I have gotten married, he has completed four years of his PhD program, and we’ve even welcomed a new puppy into our family! In the midst of all this, I’ve continued baking and blogging.

What an amazing 4 years it’s been. Posts come and go (perhaps not as often as they once did), but what makes this whole blogging experience so amazing is your contribution as readers and followers. Thanks for reading my posts, trying out the recipes, and leaving your thoughtful comments. Here’s to another year of baking mishaps and masterpieces in the Sweet Precision kitchen!

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
Adapted from All Recipes 

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 cup canola oil
1/2 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice

Adjust oven rack to middle and preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour two 9×5 inch loaf pans.

In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

Bake for about 60 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Heather’s Helpful Hints
Avoid getting rims around the edges of quick bread loaves by greasing the baking pans on the bottom and only 1/2 inch up the sides.


16 thoughts on “Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

  1. Heather congratulations on your fourth blogging birthday, such a lot happened in those four year – a move, a marriage and getting a new puppy. I wish you continued blogging success. I have to confess I hadn’t heard of pumpkin bread but it sounds delicious.


  2. Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary and to 4 years of wonderful life changes. I love your pumpkin bread, and your photos are just beautiful. I am a huge fan of pumpkin bread, and can’t wait to try it out. Here’s to continued success on your blog my friend!


  3. Dearest Heather, I am so glad I visited you on this very special occasion, how wonderful to say many congratulations on your fourth blogging anniversary for Sweet Precision! I have always loved your photographs and was amazed to read on your sidebar that you’re self taught! You have a wonderful skill. And of course your delicious and always easy to follow and bake recipes. I have so much enjoyed reading about your special occasions – not least of all your wedding! – during the time we’ve been blogging together, and even though we have both taken breaks for one reason or another during our blogging years, it is a privilege for me to have found you here as such a dear friend and a very great blessing in my life. Thank you so much <3 xoxo

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    • Such kind and heartfelt words Sherri! Matthew and I just got back from vacation today and it was such a treat to see your message while getting caught up on my correspondence :) The blogging world really does feel like a family and I’ve loved having you as such a dear friend too! Baking and blogging is a creative outlet for me and sometimes it even feels therapeutic. It’s been fun to look at the progression of photographs and writing over time on my blog! Here’s to many more years of friendship and blogging Sherri! <3 <3

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      • Ahh Heather, such a lovely message, thank you! And how exciting to see your pics…what an exciting and wonderful vacation for you both! I look forward to those many more years too, my dear friend! :-) <3 xoxo


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