Enjoy the best of fall flavors in this copycat Starbucks pumpkin bread recipe! If you’re a pumpkin lover, this recipe is a must-try.
Starbucks has definitely knocked it out of the park with their pumpkin bread. It’s incredibly tender, moist, and seasoned perfectly with pumpkin and spices.
But man, at $2-3 a pop, it’s not the most affordable… especially when you get it every day!
So why not make pumpkin bread yourself? It’s easy, inexpensive, and tastes even better than the original. Need I say more?
Whether you eat this for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, you really can’t go wrong. Just don’t forget to pair it with coffee for the most satisfying autumn treat.
Flour. The base of every baked good.
Baking soda and baking powder. Leavening agents that lift your batter.
Nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. The classic fall seasonings that give the bread its signature fall flavor!
Canned pumpkin. You can’t call it pumpkin bread without the pumpkin! Canned puree adds both flavor and moisture to the bread.
Vegetable oil. It makes your bread extra moist!
Starbucks Pumpkin Bread
Starbucks pumpkin bread is a seasonal product that’s only available during fall. But it’s always a hit!
It’s undeniably moist and buttery. The flavor combo of pumpkin and spices is just spot on. Every bite is fall perfection.
The only problem is, it’s quite expensive. Good thing there’s an easy solution: just make it yourself! It’s such a breeze to make, and it’s so much more affordable.
Plus, with this easy-peasy recipe, you’ll get to enjoy the Starbucks pumpkin bread any day of the year. There’s no need to wait for the fall to enjoy your favorite treat!
Tips & Tricks
- Patience is key. Don’t serve or eat your pumpkin bread fresh from the oven. Let it sit for 30 minutes and the bread will get a deeper flavor and a softer texture. I know it’s tempting, but trust me, the wait is worth it.
- Don’t overmix the batter. Doing so leads to dry and dense bread. Mix the batter just until the ingredients are incorporated.
- Don’t overbake the bread. This will lose all the moisture in your bread. The toothpick test is your best ally to ensure doneness.
- Try your own puree. Canned pumpkin works well for this recipe, but fresh is always best. You can use boiled pumpkin to make it, but roasted pumpkin will give you maximum flavor.
- To make it look and taste even closer to the original, top the bread with pumpkin seeds.
- For added crunch, add walnuts or pecans into the mix. Chocolate chips and dried cranberries taste great, too!
- For a richer flavor, you can substitute butter for half of the oil. That way, you get the flavor from the butter and moisture from the oil.
- Be sure to grease your loaf pan well to prevent the bread from sticking.
How to Store Pumpkin Bread
Place the pumpkin bread in an airtight container and store at room temperature or in the fridge. To preserve its moisture, wrap the bread in plastic wrap before placing it inside the container.
How Long Does Pumpkin Bread Last?
At room temperature, pumpkin bread lasts for up to five days. Of course, it gets a longer lifespan in the fridge – about a week.
If you want to keep it around for much longer, freeze it. Pumpkin bread lasts for up to 3 months in the freezer.
You can freeze the entire loaf by first double wrapping it in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Then transfer it into a ziplock bag and freeze.
You can also slice the bread beforehand so that it’s easier to thaw individual servings. Double wrap each slice in plastic wrap and foil, store in a ziplock bag, and freeze.
To thaw, transfer the bread into the fridge overnight. Let it sit at room temperature before serving. Or, you can also microwave it at 30-second intervals until warm.
Be sure to remove the wrappings before you do!
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