Posted by: njbrown | November 11, 2011

Pumpkin Gingerbread for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Gingerbread

Although Canadian Thanksgiving has passed, there are still almost two weeks until American Thanksgiving –  plenty of time to find more good recipes.  As a child, we had few desserts other than ice cream, but occasionally my mother made gingerbread, and I really enjoyed it – especially with whipped cream.  When I saw this recipe for pumpkin gingerbread, it combined happy memories of gingerbread with pumpkin pie memories.  The recipe has the lovely spices of pumpkin pie, but the texture of a dense cake – the best of all possible worlds.

Comments from other cooks suggested various alterations in the posted recipe ( ) so the following recipe has modifications in the amounts of many of the ingredients.  Whether you serve it in the Thanksgiving bread basket, whether you serve it as an alternative to pumpkin pie for dessert, or whether you just serve it as a treat throughout the Thanksgiving/Christmas season, I think you will enjoy it.

Pumpkin Gingerbread

Makes 2 loaves


  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large mixing, combine sugar, oil and eggs; beat until smooth. Add water and beat until well blended. Stir in pumpkin, ginger, allspice cinnamon, and clove.
  3. In medium bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, and baking powder.
  4. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just until all ingredients are mixed.
  5. Divide batter between prepared pans.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick comes out clean, about 1 hour.


  1. I love gingerbread and I love pumpkin, these two together sounds wonderful. Will have to give it a try!

  2. Sounds absolutely delicious!

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