Apple Pumpkin Bread Recipe - Food Fanatic

Apple Pumpkin Bread Recipe

    24 Servings


For the Topping:
  • 5 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
For the Bread:
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 cups Pumpkin Puree, About 12 ounces or 355 milliliters
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Grated Nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, Lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil
  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened and cut into 12 pieces, about 113 grams
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 medium Apple, grated finely, about 1 cup grated apple


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Lightly grease two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pans and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, prepare the topping by mixing together the brown sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon, and salt until well combined.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. Combine the pumpkin puree, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly for 6-8 minutes until the mixture has reduced to about 1 1/4  cups and is darker in colour. Remove from the heat, add the sugar, brown sugar, oil, and cream cheese, and stir until well combined. Whisk together the eggs and buttermilk and add to the pumpkin mixture. Whisk to combine, and stir in the grated apple.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pans, and sprinkle the topping over top. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in the pans on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before removing from the pans and cooling completely before slicing.


  • If you don’t have buttermilk, replace it with 1/2 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice mixed with 1/4 cup of milk. You can easily halve this recipe to make just one loaf.

Apple pumpkin bread photo
Source: Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book