Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread

So my little sister was in town last week. She’s a junior in high school and decided to spend her spring break out in Boston with her awesome big sister 🙂 We had a blast sleeping in, staying up late, watching movies, prom dress shopping, and of course baking. We talked about a few things she had never made before and somehow came up with the idea to make some pumpkin bread.

Instead of making a quick bread, we decided to do a yeasted pumpkin bread. You see, my sister had never baked with yeast before last week. I told her that I didn’t tackle my fear of yeast until I was 27 so she’s 10 years ahead of me! I taught her some of the things I’ve learned over the past few years baking with yeast. Always make sure your yeast has bloomed properly. If it hasn’t, there’s a chance you killed it so you’ll want to start over. If you keep going with dead yeast, your bread definitely won’t rise!

Now I realize it’s not “pumpkin season”. But in my house, we eat pumpkin treats all year long. We all really enjoyed this bread. It has a hint of pumpkin flavor and spice and the cinnamon swirl is just sweet enough to make this bread special. We enjoyed it simply toasted with butter. The next morning, we made some amazing french toast with this Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread. I definitely recommend enjoying this pumpkin bread any time of year!

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I am submitting this for April’s What’s Baking, hosted by Lindsay of Peace, Love, and French Fries. This month’s theme was to Bake with Yeast!

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Pumpkin and Cinnamon are a match made in heaven. This bread makes amazing french toast!

Yield: 1 loaf


For the Bread
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 cup warm water, 110 degrees
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup milk, warmed to 110 degrees
2 Tbsp molasses
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp butter, softened
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1 egg
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 1/4 cups flour

For the filling
1 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon


In the bowl of an electric mixer combine water, yeast and 1/2 tsp sugar. Whisk until yeast has dissolved and let rest 5 minutes.

Stir in milk, molasses, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, salt, softened butter, nutmeg, ginger, egg and pumpkin puree until well combine.

Slowly add flour and knead with a dough hook attachment until dough is smooth and elastic.

Transfer dough to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until double, about 1 hour.

Butter an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" in pan, set aside.

In a small bowl whisk together brown sugar and cinnamon, set aside.

Punch the risen dough down and turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into a large rectangle, about 22" x 8." Brush with melted butter, coming within about 1/2" of the edges. Sprinkle with cinnamon mixture, coming within about 1/2" of the edges.

Roll dough up jelly roll style, starting with the short side. Place rolled dough in greased loaf pan and let rise in a warm place until doubled about 45 minutes.

Bake 375 degrees for 45 minutes, tent loaf with foil halfway through baking to prevent excessive browning. Allow to cool in pan 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Recipe from Cooking Classy

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13 Responses to “Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Upside Down Cake”

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    Sarah — November 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    This is the perfect recipe for all of the leftover ingredients I have! Hubby made me buy a 3-pound bag of cranberries because he loves them, but you only use 12 ounces for cranberry sauce so I’ve got about 2 pounds of cranberries left to use, plus lots of pumpkins and pecans. This is definitely being made this weekend!

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    Megan — November 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Oh man. That does sound good. And I know it must be if you’re repeating it because I am the same way. I’m going to make a cranberry maple pecan cake on Friday… but this is really tempting too.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Stephanie — November 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Oh, man! If I only had more time for Thanksgiving dessert table – this is certainly one I would try.

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    We Are Not Martha — November 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Oooh this cake looks so ooey gooey and delicious! I wish there weren’t already so many desserts coming to my Thanksgiving table because I’d totally make this!


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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — November 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    This looks super delicious and your photos look great too! Happy Thanksgiving to you and hubby!

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    Shannon — November 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    ooooh, my, i must try this 🙂 happy thanksgiving!!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    What a fabulous recipe! All the flavors sound delicious to me.

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    Shandra — November 29, 2010 at 4:45 am

    This looks amazing! It looks so moisty yum, I should try to make this sometime, Love your blog! this is my first comment for you so I thought I’d show some appreciation for your blog, because I’ve been drooling over all your recipes for a while

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    "pup" — November 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Your photos are beautiful! The pictures I took of the actual cake didn’t look to appealing, the photos I took of the bite sized cake bites looked pretty though lol
    Good job!!

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    freefoodboston — December 1, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    What a great recipe! You totally had me at caramel/pecan/cranberry topping.

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    Sophie — January 1, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Just finally made this cake and it is astoundingly good! Truly the best dessert I’ve had in…oh, a very long time. Thank you for your post!

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    Nancy Blume-Watson — November 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I tried to be good, I really did! This cake was so delicious, I not only had seconds, I had a piece for breakfast the next day and for a snack later that day. This one goes on my Christmas menu!

    • beantownbaker — December 1st, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

      I doubled the recipe this time and you’ll remember the middle didn’t quite bake through. It also spilled over a bit, so next time, I’ll put a pan under the cake in the oven.

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