The most perfect pumpkin bread recipe topped with a cinnamon crumb streusel topping, which is the best topping imho!

I don’t really have any memories of pumpkin bread growing up. It was always pumpkin roll and I never ate it. But I do have very distinct memories of the smell and warmth of the kitchen. I can see perfectly the warm cake bits and powdered sugar stuck to the kitchen towel as mom rolled up the cake and placed it in the fridge to rest.

It doesn’t feel like the holidays to me unless something is pumpkin and since I tend to lean more towards the quick breads I just knew a pumpkin crumb bread was bound to make it onto the blog one of these days. 

a photo of a loaf of pumpkin bread with cinnamon crumb streusel topping sitting on a narrow wire cooling rack. the loaf is sliced into individual slices.

The Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I think I’ve made a million pumpkin bread recipes, but last year when I finally found the best, the most moist, the absolutely most delicious pumpkin bread recipe ever I immediately had to make a crumb topping. And then it flopped and flopped. And flopped. 

Too little butter, too much butter, too heavy a topping for a good rise, and on and on kept me testing away for almost an entire year. But this is it, the recipe that had my entire family begging for slice after slice. 

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Ingredients for Pumpkin Bread

The ingredients are simple with nothing unexpected. Here is a list of the ingredients and their purpose in the recipe:

For the Bread:

  • Flour – all purpose flour, make sure you measure the flour appropriately, too much flour results in dry bread
  • Baking Soda – acts as a leavening agent
  • Baking Powder – acts as a leavening agent
  • Cinnamon – adds flavor
  • Salt – enhances the flavors
  • Pumpkin Spice – if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can make your own by combining cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves
  • Canola Oil – keeps the bread extra moist and soft, if you don’t have canola oil, vegetable oil will work fine
  • Dark Brown Sugar – has more molasses and so much rich flavor
  • Granulated Sugar – adds a little more sweetness
  • Eggs – gives the bread structure
  • Pumpkin Puree – keeps the bread moist and adds great pumpkin flavor, make sure you get pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling
  • Vanilla – adds flavor
a photo of someone picking up a slice of pumpkin bread with a thick streusel topping from a pile of slices of bread.

For the Streusel Topping:

  • Flour – gives structure to the topping
  • Brown Sugar – adds flavor and sweetness
  • White Granulated Sugar – adds more sweetness
  • Salt- enhances and balances the sweetness
  • Cinnamon – adds flavor
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice – adds that cozy fall flavor
  • Unsalted Butter – adds richness and binds

PRO TIP: If you want to add some extra crunch and flavor to the topping, chop up a half a cup of walnuts or pecans and mix them into the streusel topping.

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

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Can You Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree?

Yes, remove the seeds, cut pumpkin into chunks and roast the fresh pumpkin until soft.

Scoop out the flesh and puree in a blender.

How Many Cups of Pumpkin are in a 15oz Can of Pumpkin?

A standard 15oz can of pumpkin contains a little less than 2 cups of pumpkin puree. So 1 can of pumpkin puree will be plenty for this recipe.

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How to Make Pumpkin Bread with Streusel Topping

Making this bread is so easy! You’ll be biting into a warm slice of pumpkin bread in no time. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven and spray a bread loaf pan with nonstick spray.
    • PRO TIP: Cut a strip of parchment paper and lay it across the bottom of the pan and spray the pan again. This will create a sling to easily remove the loaf from the pan after it bakes.
  2. Wet Ingredients: Whisk all the wet ingredients together.
  3. Dry Ingredients: Whisk all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, add to the wet ingredients and stir to combine.
    • PRO TIP: Fold to combine until a few streaks of flour remain, DON’T OVERMIX!
  4. Topping: Add all the ingredients except the butter to a small bowl and stir to combine then add the cold butter and combine using your hands.
  5. Bake: Pour the batter into the bread pan and sprinkle the streusel topping on top, bake and allow to rest before removing from the pan.
  6. Cool: Slide a knife around the sides of the pan and carefully remove the loaf from the pan by lifting it using the parchment paper sling. Let the bread cool on a wire rack.

For the full recipe instructions, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of the post. You can also save or print the recipe there.

a photo of a loaf of pumpkin bread with cinnamon crumb topping still in the bread pan with a small cup of blueberries sitting next the pan and a small white serving plate.

Can I Add Chocolate Chips?

Absolutely! You can use either mini chocolate chips or regular chocolate chips. I prefer to use semi sweet, but feel free to use any kind of chocolate chips you want. White chocolate chips would also be delicious just like in our white chocolate banana bread.

Why is My Pumpkin Bread Wet/Gummy Inside?

Assuming that all the ingredients have been measured accurately, the likely reason for a wet or gummy texture inside the bread is underbaking. Return it to the oven and bake an addition 5 minutes and check with a toothpick to make sure the bread is baked through. The toothpick should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs on it.

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How Many Carbs and Calories are in One Slice?

For this pumpkin bread recipe with the streusel topping, one slice contains 53 grams of carbs and 407 calories. If you want a slightly healthier version, skip the streusel topping and just make our classic pumpkin bread (Carbs: 36g and Calories: 274).

Can This Bread Be Made Ahead?

Yes, this a great recipe for making ahead of time. Let the bread cool completely and store it for up to 2-3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve it, pull it out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature.

Does Pumpkin Bread Need To Be Refrigerated?

Pumpkin bread can be stored at room temperature. Keep it in an airtight contain to keep it fresh and soft.

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How Long Will Pumpkin Bread Keep?

Pumpkin streusel bread will keep for 5 days at room temperature, or can be refrigerated for up to 7 days.

Can You Freeze Pumpkin Bread?

Yes! Cool completely and wrap in plastic and aluminum foil or place in a heavy duty freezer bag.

Freeze for up to 3 months.

a photo of several slices of pumpkin bread topped with cinnamon streusel leaning up against half a loaf of uncut bread all sitting on a wire cooling rack.

Sure, you can eat just a regular loaf of pumpkin spice bread. You could even add chocolate chips to it. But once you’ve tried this pumpkin bread recipe with cinnamon crumb streusel topping, you’ll never want pumpkin bread any other way. It is simply divine! It makes a great after school snack, dessert or treat for a brunch with friends!

Other Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes

Cinnamon Crumb Pumpkin Bread

4 from 32 votes
Servings: 9
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Description

We've been testing and testing pumpkin bread recipes and this is the most delicious, spiced, flavorful pumpkin bread ever!

Ingredients 

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Canola Oil
  • 2 Eggs, large
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree, not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar

Streusel Topping

  • 3/4 Cups Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons White Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/3 Cup Unsalted Butter

Instructions

For the Bread

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9×5" bread pan with nonstick spray. Cut a strip of parchment paper and lay the strip across the bread pan and spray the pan again. This will create a sling to remove the loaf from the pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Set aside.
    1 Cup Flour, 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda, 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice, 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • In a bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, pumpkin and vanilla. Stir and then add the sugars.
    1/2 Cup Canola Oil, 2 Eggs, 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree, 1 teaspoon Vanilla, 1/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar, 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • Dump the dry ingredients on the wet ingredients and switching to a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, gently fold the ingredients together just until a few streaks of flour remain.
  • Pour into a bread pan and sprinkle streusel all over the top. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • At this point, slide a knife around the inside of the pan and use the parchment sling to remove the loaf from the pan and move it onto the cooling rack.
  • Place it right side up and allow to cool or be like us and dig in because warm bread is the best!

For the Streusel

  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugars, salt and spices.
    3/4 Cups Flour, 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar, 2 Tablespoons White Sugar, 1/4 teaspoon Salt, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Cube the cold butter and add to the dry ingredients. Using your hands, pinch and squish the mixture until it's all completely combined and you can grab a handful and it all sticks together in a clump. Set aside.
    1/3 Cup Unsalted Butter

Notes

You can freeze pumpkin bread for a month or more.  Wrap in plastic wrap and foil or place in a freezer bag.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 407kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 4gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 306mgPotassium: 142mgFiber: 2gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 4502IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 2mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: Yeast Bread Recipes and Quick Bread Recipes

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a photo of someone picking up a slice of pumpkin bread with a thick streusel topping from a pile of slices of bread.