Who would have thought making Starbucks’ pumpkin bread at home was so easy (and so much cheaper!). And on top of that, they make lovely gifts.
I love and adore the pumpkin loaf at Starbucks. We live in a teeny, tiny, town and have limited Starbucks access. Pumpkin cream cold brew and pumpkin loaves are less frequent than in our Sacramento days. Which is a good thing for my behind (on a side note, my 3-year-old’s new favorite word is buttocks and it is very hard to not laugh when he says it, why is that word so funny?), and my wallet, but I do miss them.
I tried to find the actual pumpkin bread recipe that Starbucks uses to no avail, but google led me to a recipe which I changed to my liking. It is moist, spicy, and with the addition of pepitas, just like the pumpkin bread at Starbucks. It makes 2 or 3 large loaves, but I got 6 mini loaves and even packaged it up to give to some neighbors.
Pumpkin Bread Ingredients //
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 1 (15-ounce) can of pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
How to Make // The Steps
In one bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Whisk together.
In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin, and water.
Mix the wet into dry and beat until it just comes together.
Pour the batter into loaf pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray. I was able to fill 6 mini loaves. You could also use 3 large loaf pans.
Scatter the top with pepitas.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 40-50 minutes for small loaves, and 60 to 70 for large ones. Cool completely on racks.
How to Package the Starbucks Pumpkin Bread to Gift //
I love to give these as gifts, so I like to wrap them all cute. I used some scraps that I had in my fabric stash. I used a fairly large piece of cotton fabric. Place the bread in the center.
Take two of the opposite edges and tie them into a knot.
Tie the other end and there you have it.