Indian Pumpkin Bread

Breads, Recipes | September 27, 2017 | By

My favorite time of year has arrived! It’s officially Fall! It is still very hot where I live but I think it’s supposed to cool down by this weekend. I am very much looking forward to that. I have already had my fair share of pumpkin spice lattes and decorated my house with pumpkins and mums. I love love love this time of year! In my opinion, the perfect way to welcome Fall is to bake up some pumpkin bread! I have many recipes that I make and love, but you guys know me, I am always looking to try something new. So the hunt for a new recipe began……

I went straight to the cookbook “The Tea Room Cooks”. This book was gifted to my grandmother which was then given to my mom and then borrowed by me. I have had it for quite a while now and have made many delicious recipes from it. (I’m not sure I want to give it back).  In the Breads and Rolls section there is a recipe for Indian Pumpkin Bread. I read the ingredients, which included cornmeal and dried cranberries, and I decided to make it but didn’t have high hopes. Cornmeal in pumpkin bread? It sounded a little strange.     

I guess you can tell by me bringing this recipe to the blog that the Indian Pumpkin Bread was a huge success! The cornmeal gives it such a great texture and the dried cranberries add the sweetness that it needs. The walnuts give it that little crunch and the spices compliment and enhance the pumpkin flavor. This is the perfect bread for Fall!

Indian Pumpkin Bread


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (150z) can of pumpkin
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 2/3 cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease two 9X5inch loaf pans.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend the sugars and oil. Add the eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Blend in the pumpkin.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients and blend into the pumpkin mixture. Stir in the dried cranberries and walnuts.
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared loaf pans and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Let cool 10 minutes before removing from the pans.


Adapted from "The Tea Room Cooks" by Shari Groh

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