Easy Pumpkin Bread and 8 Ways to Use It!

Yes, this pumpkin bread with brown butter and bourbon is awesome all on its own. But check out these 8 unexpected uses for leftovers!


Brown butter and bourbon will make this easy pumpkin bread recipe shine! It will be a tasty addition to our feast this year.

I started some baking last weekend and noticed while looking at Zoe’s choices that there was no pumpkin pie listed. No mistake, she decided on a maple sugar pie and an espresso date pecan pie as her desserts of choice.

Since this kitchen aims to please, I felt we still needed something pumpkin on the table and decided to make this delightful bread. I’ve never been a huge fan of pumpkin pie so that’s OK with me.

Well, this  bread is another story. This easy bread is subtle in the way of spice.

It is not too sweet and will perfectly complement the maple challah rolls that it will join on our table. It will be luscious with maple butter and still not be too rich.

But what to do with leftovers? This recipe made two loaves, so with any luck I might be able to try some fun ideas list below!

8 Unexpected Uses for Pumpkin Bread

  1. Pumpkin Bread Pudding. Everyone knows that quick breads taste great in bread pudding. Pumpkin Bread Pudding? Bring it on!
  2. Pumpkin Bread Croutons. This might sound crazy, but I’d slice leftover bread up, dry it out and then saute them in butter to make out of this world croutons. Think how good these would be on a fall salad with squash and sage and perhaps baby kale? Yum, just yum!
  3. Trifle or Tiramisu. Cube these puppies up and layer them in a trifle, or as a base for pudding, or even a fall tiramisu.
  4. French Toast. The morning after slice up your loaf and dip it into some eggs and cream. Fry in butter. Top with maple syrup. Oh yes Zoe, we are so doing this!
  5. Pumpkin Bread Sundays. Manservant would love this with ice cream. French vanilla sitting on a base of pumpkin bread…topped with caramel syrup. Drooling!
  6. Pumpkin Bread Stuffing. So this might seem to be going backwards, however if you dried out this pumpkin bread it could become part of a wonderful stuffing. This would blend in great with any sausage. Add some cranberries and some broth and oh my, you have just made stuffing.
  7. Breakfast Stratas are always fun to make. Cube this loaf up. Mix with some eggs and milk. Add in some veggies and cheese and sausage. Yep. This would make a great breakfast strata.
  8. Pumpkin Bread Crumbs. Dry the bread. Crumble and bake until crisp. You have pumpkin bread crumbs, my friend. Perfect for sweet potatoes. Perfect for squash. Perfect to add a little extra zest to most any casserole.

And there you have it. An easy Pumpkin Bread recipe with brown butter is versatile. And delicious!

What would you use leftovers for?  Yes, I know. You could just eat it!


A Few More Quick Breads:

Blueberry Nut Bread

This Blueberry Nut Bread,

Banana Granola Toasting Bread

Banana Granola Toasting Bread

Corn Bread with Tomato Salad

cornbread with tomato salad

And don’t forget this Rum and Fruit Cake Bread!

Please Try the Pumpkin Bread and SHARE it too!



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Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter and Bourbon

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 -60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 85 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 Loaves 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter and Bourbon is subtle and slightly sweet which makes it perfect for eating and toasting and many other things!



1 stick unsalted butter

1/4 c bourbon or apple cider

1 T vanilla

1 15 oz can pumpkin puree

4 eggs

1/2 c olive or canola oil

2 c flour

1 c whole wheat flour

1 3/4 c brown sugar

1 1/2 t baking soda

1 t fine sea salt

1 t ground cinnamon

1/2 t ground ginger

1/2 t ground cardamom


Heat oven to 350 and place oven rack in the center of oven. Grease the insides of 2 8″ loaf pans.

In a large skillet, melt 1 stick butter over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the frothy white milk solids sink to the bottom of the pan and turn fragrant and nutty brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Brown butter burns fast, so watch carefully. You will know when butter is almost ready because it gets quiet…no more bubbling!

In a glass measuring cup, combine bourbon and vanilla. Add water until you reach the 2/3 mark. In a large bowl whisk together bourbon mixture, pumpkin puree, eggs and oil. With a spatula, scrape all the brown butter from the skillet into the pumpkin mixture and stir to combine.

In another large bowl, whisk together flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Divind the batter between the two greased loaf pans. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and transfer to oven. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing from pan.


Thanks Melissa Clark.

Keywords: pumpkin bread, quick bread, pumpkin bread recipe, easy pumpkin bread,



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  • Tammy Catterton
    November 23, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I would give to my son he love to cook & bake so thanks for a chance .

  • cyndi br
    November 23, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I would keep it and use it a lot

  • Linda Tinjum
    November 23, 2018 at 12:46 pm

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    November 22, 2018 at 6:17 pm

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    November 22, 2018 at 5:26 pm

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    November 22, 2018 at 2:34 pm

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    November 22, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I’d keep it, for sure. Mine is aging and I fear its demise, lol

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    November 22, 2018 at 7:42 am

    I would gift this to my mother if I won

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    November 21, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I would have to keep this one 🙂

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    November 20, 2018 at 10:27 pm

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  • Karen Petrychko
    November 20, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    This would make a fantastic gift for my daughter!

  • sippitysup
    November 20, 2018 at 9:13 am

    I’d make pumpkin bread then turn it into croutons which is a fabulous idea I never would have come up with on my own. GREG

  • Thomas Pepler
    November 19, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    I would keep it, but would make my whole family lots of yummy things, like cakes and breads. Thank you

  • S. Jackson
    November 19, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    I would love to win this prize for my daughter. She does a lot of baking for family and friends but only owns a hand mixer!

  • Deanna Barkley
    November 19, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I would be selfish and keep it for myself. I have always wanted a stand mixer. I love to bake and a stand mixer would make it easier.

  • Lori B Lear
    November 19, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Recipe looks scrumptious! Thank you, also, for the opportunity to participate in the Giveaway! Hope your holidays are blessed in every way.

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    November 19, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Definitely keep it as it’s been a dream of mine to own one of these mixers.

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    November 19, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I would love this. Never had one.

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    November 19, 2018 at 7:17 am

    I will gift it to one of my sons… who seem to love to cook and bake. How sweet is that.

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    November 19, 2018 at 5:35 am

    chocolate chip cookies

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    November 19, 2018 at 3:44 am

    I would give it to my son who likes to cook and does not have one.

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    November 18, 2018 at 6:23 pm

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    November 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    This would be the best gift for my sister!

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    November 18, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Kd love to use it to make pumpkin rolls!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)
    November 18, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Oh my goodness, some pumpkin bread pudding sounds absolutely amazing!!

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    November 17, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I would keep the mixer so that my granddaughter and I could do lots of baking! She’s only 4, but cooking and baking is her jam, she already has chocolate chip cookies memorized! I’m thrilled to teach her all of my mom’s and my grandma’s recipes, tips, and tricks.

  • Valentina | The Baking Fairy
    November 17, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    This looks so good and I love all the different things you can do with it! French toast sounds amaaaazing!

  • Rita A
    November 17, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    I would give this to my neighbor who makes the best Christmas cookies!

  • greentopiaries
    November 17, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    I would love to keep it! It would be so nice to have a mixer than wouldn’t give me any trouble with meringues, so I would definitely make pies first! Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  • bn100
    November 17, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    give to mom

  • Nettie Moore
    November 17, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Your pumpkin bread sounds incredible, I love Cardamom!


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  • Dawn
    November 17, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    I would give it to my daughter as I’ve had my red Kitchenaid Mixer for about 20 years and it still works great!

  • kelly tupick
    November 17, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I would for sure keep this for myself! I would love to try all these wonderful baking recipes.

  • Julie Tardi
    November 17, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I would give this to my granddaughter as I taught her how to cook!!

  • Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    November 17, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Your pumpkin bread has a gorgeous texture Abbe – and I love all those creative ways to enjoy it. Hope you and yours have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

  • Jeffrey
    November 17, 2018 at 3:53 am

    I would gift this to my mom, she makes a lot of cookies all year round with her little hand mixer. This would ease the process!

  • angiesrecipes
    November 16, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    You have me at browned butter! The loaf looks fabulous, Abbe.

  • 2 Sisters recipes
    November 16, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    These are great ideas to use the pumpkin bread! I love them all- Thanks Abbe! And this is a generous giveaway! I don’t own a mixer, but I would love to gift it to my sister Liz who always wanted one. Have a great weekend. Xo

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    November 16, 2018 at 9:19 pm

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    I would gift it to my husband.

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    This would be a wonderful asset for my family. I have never had a mixer this elaborate and special.

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    November 16, 2018 at 2:38 pm

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    November 16, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I would gift it to my mom, who loves baking

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    November 16, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I would give this mixer to my sister in law.

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      November 19, 2018 at 11:14 am

      I’m afraid I would definitely keep it. I use a manual hand mixer now when I am baking, and this gorgeous mixer would improve my life and go a long way to increase my baking and ensure good, appropriate ingredients mixing.