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Two slices of pumpkin butterscotch bread on a white plate next to a cup of coffee.

Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fall baking, Pumpkin, Pumpkin bread, Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 713kcal
This Pumpkin Butterscotch Bread is one of the best breads we have ever had (and we've had a lot of bread!). I love using my two ceramic loaf pans, but any 9" x 5" pan should work just fine. Be sure to get pumpkin, and not pumpkin pie filling. Spread the holiday cheer this season with this wonderful bread!
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  • cup shortening
  • 2 ⅔ cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree don't use pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 tsp Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract divided, 1 tsp for the batter, 1 for the glaze.
  • cup water
  • 3 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 ½ cups butterscotch morsels
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tbsp milk whole


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • In your mixer, in a large bowl, beat together the shortening and the sugar. (Mix on medium-high for about 4 minutes, until light in texture, and little air bubbles are visible)
  • Beat in the eggs, pumpkin, water and vanilla.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, stirring to blend.
  • Use a wooden spoon to mix in the butterscotch morsels.
  • Spoon the batter into two well-greased 9" x 5" loaf pans.
  • Bake the bread for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle come out clean.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and cool for at least 30 minutes on a rack. Slide a sharp knife along the edges of the bread in the pan to help loosen the bread away from the pan. Carefully invert the pan, tap a couple times on the bottom and remove the bread. Set upright on a baking rack. Let cool completely, about 2 hours.
  • In a small-medium bowl, mix together that confectoners sugar, melted butter, milk and vanilla. Drizzle over the bread with a spoon.
  • Slice and serve, or loosely wrap in plastic wrap until ready to serve.



For even baking, cook the bread in a metal or ceramic loaf pans.  
Insert a toothpick to ensure doneness.  Note that the morsels will be wet when the bread comes out of the oven.  They will harden once the bread cools.  As long as no batter is on the toothpick, the bread is done.  You may see some wet butterscotch, but that's okay.  Don't overcook the bread!
The bread can be wrapped in plastic wrap and kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. The bread also freezes beautifully for up to 2 months. 


Calories: 713kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 541mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 83g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg