Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Tea Loaf

It was recently the Thanksgiving holiday in America. I usually celebrate by cooking a huge traditional meal for the family and friends but this year has been so busy time just flew by!

I had a Facebook message from a childhood friend in the town I grew up in, Walpole New Hampshire and she posted two pumpkin loaves she had made for the family day. I asked her for the recipe some time and within 5 minutes she had posted it on Facebook back to me.

It was early enough for me to check I had all the ingredients so I thought I would make it as my offering for Thanksgiving.

It made two 2lb loaves so I took one to work the following day which was gratefully received and we had the other one over the weekend.

Pumpkin Tea Loaf (makes 2 x 2lb loaves)


Mix together
2 cups SR Flour (levelled)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg

Beat together
2 cups castor sugar
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter (150g)
2 large eggs

1 can pumpkin puree or 15oz steamed pumpkin puree

Dry flour & spices

Optional: some pre-soaked raisins and/or handful of chopped nuts.

Bake in a preheated 180oC oven for 65-75 minutes
Cool 5 mins in tins then remove to cool completely.

I got this recipe from my friend Anna. I was not paid to write this post and as usual all opinions and photos are my own.



  1. What a great idea. I've only ever made pumpkin pie, but this looks much nicer.

  2. I thought it had a touch too much groundc cloves for me - next timer I will add half the amount. It was a really moist loaf though.

  3. Yummy, I need some of this for breakfast Heidi.

  4. Mmmmmm, I do adore pumpkin & spice flavoured everything, so this is right up my flavour street!

    1. The whole house smelled festive when it was in the oven!

  5. I'm with Janice, sounds much nicer than pumpkin pie.

    1. Pumpkin pie is an acquired taste, something you just kind of grow up with in the states, this is a great loaf to have in the freezer for unexpected breakfast guests!