There is pumpkin bread, and then there is pumpkin bread. Pumpkin bread might look nice on the outside but sorely disappoints with dryness and squashy flavor on the inside. Pumpkin bread warms your soul…it hugs you with sweet pumpkin followed by kisses of cinnamon and nutmeg. This is my all-time favorite pumpkin recipe, and I make it straight through the holidays since the addition of spices makes it so festive. It mixes up in one bowl (less dishes…score!) and makes your house smell divine. I don’t corrupt mine with raisins or nuts, but you sure can if it suits your fancy. This bread freezes beautifully and can be transformed into muffins, mini-bundts or wherever else your imagination leads.
When I serve this at our holiday party, I always include the simplest honey-cream cheese spread. It takes 30 seconds to whip up, but makes the bread extra-special.