Breads, Breakfast, Recipes

Pumpkin Ginger Bread

pumpkin & bread
A taste of fall goodness

Welcome to Day Four of Pumpkin Week on The Pajama Chef! Hope you’re not tired of pumpkin yet. 🙂

This is pumpkin that even the apathetic pumpkin-eaters in your life can enjoy. It is soft and sweet, nothing fancy–just pure pumpkin goodness with a touch of ginger to spice things up. A slice of pumpkin bread with a hot beverage of your choice makes a magnificent breakfast. This bread is even better the next day. Once the pumpkin melds with the ginger… oh my goodness you will not be able to keep your hands out of it! Mmmm.

view from above
beautiful, beautiful bread....

Pumpkin Ginger Bread [base recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything]


  • 4 tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • sprinkle salt
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 egg
  • 1 heaping cup pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • cooking spray


Grease a 9 by 5 inch bread pan with cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and apple cider, and then pour into dry ingredients. Fold in pumpkin and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

Bake for about 45-60 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. [Be sure to check the bread at 45 minutes or sooner, because my bread was definitely done at 45 minutes but ovens do vary.]

Click here for the printable version:Pumpkin Ginger Bread

cat on tablecloth
"Uhh, did you put the tablecloth on the floor?"

So funny story: the other morning, I was getting ready in the bedroom, and my husband walked out in the dining room. All of a sudden, he cried out: “uhh, did you put the tablecloth on the floor?”

No, no, I didn’t… I guess Sheba Genevieve decided it would make a good bed for her, so she pulled it off the table and decided to take a nap on her conquest! Silly kitty!

Question of the Day: What do your pets do to make you laugh?

15 thoughts on “Pumpkin Ginger Bread”

  1. Right now, I live with a cat that makes me laugh when she sleeps peacefully in her little pink bed and then SUDDENLY –and seemingly without provocation– leaps up and darts around the perimeter of the room two or three times before laying back down. Serena on a rampage!


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