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Harvest Loaf

I have a feeling this will be one of the first of many pumpkin recipes posted, so you might want to make sure you have canned pumpkin on hand. It is one of my daughter’s favorite autumn loaves and is especially good when the chocolate chips are still soft. This recipe makes two loaves or you can cut it in half to make one.

  • 3/4 cup butter (soft/room temp)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar 
  • 4 eggs 
  • 2 cups cooked pureed pumpkin (398 ml can)
  • 3 cups flour 
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup chopped nuts (optional)
  1. Prepare two 9 x 4 inch loaf pans by greasing with shortening or cooking spray, and dusting with flour.
  2. Beat butter and sugar well. Beat in eggs until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin. 
  3. Mix dry ingredients with spices and chocolate chips. Stir into wet mixture until combined.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes at 350° F, until toothpick tests done. 
  5. Cool 10 minutes in pans and then remove to cooling rack.
Before baking, I sprinkled some chocolate chips in a row on top. You can combine nuts and chocolate chips if you like. Once cooled, a drizzle of about 1/4 - 1/2 cup icing sugar with maybe a teaspoon of water and a drop of maple flavoring is optional. Plain is great too.

Tip: do not use the whole can of pumpkin for one loaf just because you don't want to waste it. Too much pumpkin will make too moist and dense of a loaf. 


  1. This looks wonderful! Since I'm not much of a chocolate fan (strange, but true) I think I'll try it 'sans chocolate'.

  2. love love love pumpkin .. .yes, we'll all be in pumpkin mode now. .
    Judy, I've seen this with raisins, instead of the chocolate chips.. . do you like those?

  3. oh this looks great, i love anything pumkin, wait a minute, i think that i say that on almost every post..secret is out, i am NOT a fuss pot, keep'em comin' anneliese......

  4. I love pumpkin bread, pies, muffins..everything pumpkin!(now I sound like Charlotte..hehe) Already had the question asked by my g'daughter 'when are you baking pumpkin pies'?

  5. Pumpkin anything is what I love in Fall. Can't wait to try this and other upcoming pumpkin recipes. Judy, you can use the nuts and I'll gladly take your chocolate chips.

  6. Yum....bring on those pumpkin recipes. I can smell the baking now. This looks like a lovely loaf to slice and serve!

  7. That loaf looks delicious!! I love all the spices that are used in fall, it gives such a beautiful aroma from baking then.

  8. Great job on all the terrific recipes, ladies! Thank you for the beautiful photos and recipe sharing. I love coming here to get ideas --- and think you are all just the most awesome of cooks!

    Thanks!!!!! Keep up the good work!


    (Anonymous 'cause I'm on dad's computer and not my own)

  9. You ladies who always post these delicious recipes deserve an award!!
    I posted one for you on my blog.
    Hope you come by and pick it up!

  10. Our family tried this one and believe me it tastes as good as it looks!!

  11. I am going to make this today ... with pumpkin from the market. It's 100 degrees outside, but it will smell like Fall in my kitchen! Love you, Mom.

  12. I made this again this past weekend and we devoured it! SOOO good! We even had chocolate chips to put in it! Yummy :-)

  13. I'm going to make this today Mom! :)


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