Pumpkin Molasses Bread

You need to make this Pumpkin Molasses Bread for dessert on Thanksgiving this year. Trust me. It’s really easy to whip up (who needs something complicated on Thanksgiving? NO ONE), it’s super delicious, and it totally tastes like Autumn. The deep flavor of molasses brings extra richness to the pumpkin spice flavor and keeps the loaf deliciously moist and tender. Plus this pumpkin spice bread will make your house smell better than any autumn flavored candle, hands down. ;) 

Originally posted 11/14/2012, updated 11/5/2021.

Sliced pumpkin bread on a cooling rack with pumpkins and molasses in the background

Recipe Updates

I made some significant changes to this recipe, since many readers had a difficult time getting their bread to cook all the way through. I reduced the ratio of molasses and other wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and reduced the cooking temperature slightly in order to help the bread bake more evenly. The result is a tender but moist crumb, without any pockets of unbaked batter in the center. 

What Kind of Loaf Pan to Use

I used a standard loaf pan, which is 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches. My loaf pan is made of metal, which heats quickly in the oven. You can use a ceramic or glass loaf pan, but you may find that you need to bake your bread slightly longer. 

How Do You Know When the Bread is Done?

Ovens can vary a little bit so it’s always best to test your bread to make sure it’s cooked through. There are a couple of different reliable methods. 

  • The Toothpick Method: insert a clean toothpick into the center of the bread. If the toothpick is coated with raw batter when you pull it out, the bread needs to bake longer. If it just has a few moist crumbs stuck to it, the bread is finished baking.
  • An Instant Read Thermometer: The same instant read thermometers used to check the doneness of meat can also be used to check the doneness of quick breads! For quick bread, like this Pumpkin Molasses Bread or Banana Bread, you want the internal temperature to be between 200-205ºF. This is the temperature at which the batter will be set into a nice crumb. 

What Kind of Molasses to Use

I used Grandma’s Original Molasses, which is the type you’re most likely to find in most U.S. grocery stores. You can usually find it in grocery stores either near the pancake syrup, jams and jellies, and peanut butter, or in baking aisle. It just depends on the store. I have not tested this recipe using black strap molasses, which has a thicker texture and more pronounced flavor (some would say it’s slightly bitter). 

How to Serve Pumpkin Molasses Bread

This rich and sweet bread is absolutely divine with some softened butter smeared over top. The creaminess of the butter perfectly compliments the warm spices and sweet molasses flavor. The flavors in this bread would also be absolutely perfect with a hot cup of coffee. :)

Front view of a sliced loaf of pumpkin bread

Side view of a sliced loaf of pumpkin molasses bread
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Pumpkin Molasses Bread

This sweet Pumpkin Molasses Bread is full of warm spices, deep molasses richness, and all the flavors and aromas of autumn.
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 8 1-inch thick slices

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz. can pumpkin purée ($0.95)
  • 2 large eggs ($0.58)
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil ($0.21)
  • 1/4 cup molasses ($0.59)
  • 3/4 cup sugar ($0.12)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour ($0.14)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon ($0.10)
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg ($0.05)
  • 1 tsp salt ($0.05)
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder ($0.05)
  • 1 tsp butter ($0.03)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin purée, eggs, oil, molasses, and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients, and stir them together just until combined. It's okay if there are a few small lumps. Avoid over stirring.
  • Coat the inside of a loaf pan with butter. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread it out smooth.
  • Bake the pumpkin bread for about one hour, or until the internal temperature reaches 200ºF, or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (a few crumbs are okay, just no raw batter stuck to the toothpick).
  • Transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool, then slice and serve.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 ServingCalories: 342 kcalCarbohydrates: 55 gProtein: 5 gFat: 12 gSodium: 400 mgFiber: 3 g
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sliced loaf of pumpkin bread on a cooling rack with one slice smeared with butter

How to Make Pumpkin Molasses Bread – Step By Step Photos

wet ingredients in a bowl with a whisk

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, whisk together one 15oz. can pumpkin purée, 2 large eggs, ⅓ cup cooking oil, ¼ cup molasses, and ¾ cup sugar.

dry ingredients in a bowl

In a separate bowl, stir together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ground ginger, ½ tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp salt, and 1.5 tsp baking powder. Make sure they’re very well combined.

combine wet and dry ingredients for pumpkin bread

Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients.

Pumpkin molasses bread batter

Stir just until they are combined. Avoid over stirring. It’s okay if it’s slightly lumpy.

Pumpkin bread batter in the loaf pan

Use a teaspoon of butter to coat the inside of a loaf pan. transfer the batter to the loaf pan and spread it out smooth.

baked pumpkin molasses bread

Bake the pumpkin molasses bread in the preheated 350ºF oven for about one hour, or until the internal temperature of the bread reaches 200ºF, or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (a few crumbs are okay, just no raw batter stuck to the toothpick). 

front view of a sliced loaf of pumpkin molasses bread

Transfer the pumpkin bread to a wire rack to cool. Once cool, slice, serve, and enjoy!