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Tennessee Pumpkin Bread

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Handwritten recipe for pumpkin bread

Recipe donated by: Kim Rozner and Colleen Vreeland

In honor of: Joanne Gray, 12/8/35 – 4/28/20

Kim writes: “This is my mom’s handwritten recipe for pumpkin bread. My brother, sister-in-law and I make it annually at least once! It’s always a hit.”

Tennessee Pumpkin Bread

“It has a delicate flavor, an airy texture, and slices beautifully.”


  • 1 2/3 cups sifted regular flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed cooked pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (OPTIONAL)


Grease a regular loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3) or use a non-stick coated one and do not grease. On wax paper, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In a medium mixing bowl, cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla (use beaters). Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Stir in pumpkin.

Stir in dry ingredients in four additions alternately with water until just smooth; do not overbeat. Fold in nuts. Turn into prepared pan.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until a cake thermometer inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 – 55 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack, turn right side up; cool. Store in a tightly covered tin box, loaf will keep nicely.

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