October 6, 2021

Perfect Pumpkin Bread

A super soft and tender pumpkin bread recipe, perfectly spiced, with a surprise secret ingredient that makes it ultra-moist and delicious!

You may remember Mama having a pretty scary brain surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville a few years ago. Leading up to and following the surgery put us in Jacksonville, FL quite a lot.

Never ones to let tragedy keep us from sniffing out something good to eat for supper, we ended up at a restaurant in Ponte Vedra Beach called Barbara Jean’s on the Water which literally sits right on the Intercoastal Waterway and has some of the best food I’ve ever had!

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve eaten there since first discovering it. I almost look forward to Mama's yearly check-ups so we can stop by Barbara Jean’s! Mom’s A-OK, by the way. The incredible doctors, nurses and staff at the Mayo are world class and I appreciate them all so much!

Perfect Pumpkin Bread! A super soft and tender pumpkin bread recipe, perfectly spiced, with a surprise secret ingredient that makes it ultra-moist and delicious!

Among the many delicious things Barbara Jean's serves is pumpkin bread, which comes in a basket of assorted warm bread before your meal.

The first time we went, I wasn’t even going to eat any of the pumpkin bread because everything else looked so good and, well... I’ve never gotten too excited about pumpkin bread so…

Then Mama tried it and was like OH WOW!! which lead to how I discovered the most delicious pumpkin bread I’ve ever had!

Perfect Pumpkin Bread! A super soft and tender pumpkin bread recipe, perfectly spiced, with a surprise secret ingredient that makes it ultra-moist and delicious!

I searched online a bit for a copycat recipe but never saw anything that looked like the fine, tender, ultra-moist bread from Barbara Jean’s so I never attempted to recreate it.

BUT THEN I figured out how to make the best banana bread in the universe by using mayonnaise (I know, I KNOW, it sounds crazy but it makes the bread life-alteringly moist and tender!) and decided to use the same recipe to make pumpkin bread!

This recipe has almost EXACTLY the same texture as Barbara Jean’s! The spices aren’t quite the same but I think they’re close. If I had to guess I’d say Barbara Jean’s pumpkin bread doesn’t have pumpkin pie spice and is likely just nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon.

Perfect Pumpkin Bread! A super soft and tender pumpkin bread recipe, perfectly spiced, with a surprise secret ingredient that makes it ultra-moist and delicious!

I seriously doubt Barbara Jean’s has mayonnaise in it either but since I already knew the base recipe would make the texture the same and make the pumpkin bread soft, moist and tender, I used it and have zero regrets!

You can use this recipe to make Sweet Potato Bread too! Use about 2 cups leftover mashed baked sweet potatoes. If you use canned sweet potatoes check to see if they’re sweetened at all – if so you’re going to want to reduce the sugar in the recipe.

Perfect Pumpkin Bread! A super soft and tender pumpkin bread recipe, perfectly spiced, with a surprise secret ingredient that makes it ultra-moist and delicious!

You may notice that the pumpkin bread cooks 50% longer than the banana bread. I have no idea why. There’s only a bit more pumpkin than banana (and it’s not as “wet” as mashed bananas). I cooked it for an hour, went to take it out of the oven and could see the center was still jiggly. 

I tented some foil over it to make sure it didn’t brown too much then proceeded cooking in 5-minute intervals until I thought it was done. Knowing most cakes are done at about 220 degrees I tested it after an hour and 25 minutes (because I thought I was SURELY going to burn it!) and it only registered 198 degrees. I took it out anyway – because seriously, I was convinced I was overcooking it – and you can see in the photos the tip-top center is slightly undercooked.

If you have a thermometer, use it (for this and all sweet breads and cakes – aim for 220 degrees). If you don’t have one, test with a toothpick. I use an instant-read meat thermometer and it works perfectly for cakes and quick breads!

Perfect Pumpkin Bread! A super soft and tender pumpkin bread recipe, perfectly spiced, with a surprise secret ingredient that makes it ultra-moist and delicious!

This recipe was based off my Secret Ingredient SUPER MOIST Banana Bread. You’ve already figured out the “secret” is mayo but if you want to read more about it or want to make the best banana bread you’ve ever had in your whole entire life, check out the link above!

Perfect Pumpkin Bread! A super soft and tender pumpkin bread recipe, perfectly spiced, with a surprise secret ingredient that makes it ultra-moist and delicious!

Perfect Pumpkin Bread

Perfect Pumpkin Bread
Author: Mandy Rivers | South Your Mouth
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 H & 30 MTotal time: 1 H & 40 M
A super soft and tender pumpkin bread recipe, perfectly spiced, with a surprise secret ingredient that makes it ultra-moist and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, at room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 15-oz can pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt*

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan; set aside.
  2. Whisk butter and sugar together for 30 seconds.
  3. Whisk in mayo, vanilla, eggs, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and ginger until well combined.
  4. OPTIONAL STEP: Sift flour, salt and baking soda together to prevent small clumps of flour and/or baking soda from appearing in the bread.
  5. Stir in flour, salt and baking soda until just combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan then bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. You’re not done yet – be sure to read the next step!
  7. Tent a large piece of foil over the bread to prevent it from overbrowning then continue cooking for approximately 25-35 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Cool bread completely in the pan before turning out.

Notes:

  • I actually use about 3/4 teaspoon salt (a very scant teaspoon) and think it's PERFECT but wasn't sure if everyone would agree so I reduced it to 1/2 teaspoon in the recipe.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice is a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. I use it in this recipe because it’s such a great blend then add a bit more cinnamon and ginger. Use whichever spices you have and enjoy best. To make your own pumpkin pie spice, I’d go with a 4-3-2-1 formula… 4 parts cinnamon, 3 parts ginger, 2 parts nutmeg and 1 part allspice.
  • Any quality, traditional mayo will work (Duke’s, Hellmann’s, Kraft, Blue Plate, etc). Don’t use Miracle Whip or anything sweet and tangy like it.
  • You can add chopped pecans or walnuts to this if you’d like! Add 1/2 cup or so when you mix in the flour. 
  • Letting the pumpkin bread cool in the pan helps it stay moist so try to be patient and let it cool before slicing into it.
  • Don’t use a whisk to stir in the flour and only stir it long enough to combine it into the wet ingredients. Stirring develops the gluten in the flour which will create air pockets in quick breads like this and make it tough.
  • Pour the batter into the pan as soon as it’s ready then bake it immediately. The longer the batter sits wet, the more gluten develops which will also make the bread tough.
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2 comments:

  1. It’s so funny that I found this recipe just today. I came across your Banana Bread recipe while on the hunt for a good Pumpkin Bread recipe recently, so I decided to adapt it to make Pumpkin Bread. The ingredients are very similar to what’s posted here; maybe the spices are slightly different but it turned out absolutely wonderful, and is the best Pumpkin Bread I’ve had! Definitely moist, and yes, it did have to bake slightly longer than the Banana Bread recipe. I’m on a Loaf Cake roll--next up is Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bread using the Banana Bread recipe as the base. :)

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    1. Oh, that IS funny! Great minds, right? After the banana bread I'm on a loaf kick too! Apple Cinnamon is up next!

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Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy