Pumpkin Cinnamon Loaf

So, I have a can of pumpkin left over from the fall, and a little time on my hands.  So, let’s do something with it!

I’ve been on a big chocolate kick lately, so I wanted to try something different.  This is really nice as part of breakfast, or for dessert.  Because, choices.

And by the way – this may be the moistest and most delicious pumpkin loaf (pumpkin bread…whatever you want to call it) that you’ve ever tasted!!


·        1/3 cup milk

·        ½ t cream of tartar (don’t level this off – make it a heaping teaspoon, so you’re really doing a little more than ½ a teaspoon, but less than ¾)

·        1 ¾ cups flour

·        1 ½ t baking soda

·        5 t cinnamon, divided

·        1 t salt

·        ½ t nutmeg

·        ¼ t ground cloves

·        ¼ t ground ginger

·        1 ½ cups sugar, divided

·        ½ cup brown sugar

·        ½ cup vegetable oil

·        2 eggs

·        2 t vanilla

·        1 cup canned pumpkin


In a water glass, pour the milk and cream of tartar and stir until well mixed and set this aside.

Butter and flour a 9”x 5” loaf pan and set that aside as well.  IMG_3858Do these two things in this order because you want the milk and tartar to mingle together for a while (at least 10 minutes, so if you get to the point where you’re ready to use the tartar combo and it hasn’t been 10 minutes, go chill and check your Instagram or something for a bit until it’s time.  Or better yet, follow mine @ugly_desserts).

Place the flour, baking soda, 3 t of the cinnamon, the salt, nutmeg, ground cloves, ground ginger into a bowl and whisk together.IMG_3853

In a second bowl, add 1 cup of the sugar along with the brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla and the milk and tartar combo you made earlier.  Mix with a hand mixer until well blended, then add in the pumpkin and mix that until it’s smooth.IMG_3854

Get your flour mixture and add that to this bowl, and mix again until everything is combined.  Don’t overmix here – just do it enough so that it’s all together and then stop.IMG_3855

Get out a small bowl and put the remaining ½ cup sugar and the remaining 3 t of cinnamon and mix together – we’re just making a little cinnamon sugar here.

Take your prepared loaf pan and pour half the batter into it.  IMG_3860Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the top of it, using all but about 3 tablespoons full – set that little bit aside.IMG_3863

Pour the other half of the batter on top and drop the loaf pan on the counter a couple times to level everything out.  Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar on top of the loaf.IMG_3865

Bake at 350 for about an hour, until you can put a toothpick in and it comes out dry, with maybe a couple crumbs stuck to it.  Take it out of the oven and let it cool in the pan for 15 minutes.  After that, take it out of the pan and let it cool completely on a wire rack.IMG_3866

Look at that rise!!!!


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