Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fall Festival Recipe Exchange - Pumpkin Bread

It appears this will be one of those weeks where everything is a day late! I'll blame it on yesterday's Monday holiday (Columbus Day in the US) and the fact that I was out the door by 6AM to drive Twin A to a college open house three hours away. By the time I returned a little over twelve hours later, I was just too tired to put together an intelligible sentence!

While I was out, Amy, of the My Friend Amy fame, hosted a Fall Festival Recipe Exchange. It sounds like Amy loves autumn just as much as I do, and nothing says fall to me like the smell of warm pumpkin anything (bread, pie, lattes)! Today I'll share my recipe for pumpkin bread from Kopp's Canteen restaurant.

The Canteen, a family-owned restaurant, was a Central New York landmark for decades. It closed a couple of years ago and the building was demolished just a few weeks ago. In its prime, The Canteen was famous for chicken and biscuits and pumpkin bread, the latter appearing in the bread basket all year long. Their family recipe was printed in the local newspaper, and I have made it my family pumpkin bread recipe, too!

Kopp's Canteen Pumpkin Bread

3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup water
2 cups canned pumpkin
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cloves

-combine sugar, oil, and eggs; beat until well mixed
-sift together flour baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices
-add to the egg mixture, alternating with the water
-stir in pumpkin and walnuts
-pour batter into two greased 9x5 and one greased 8x3 bread pans

Bake at 350 degrees for 90 minutes


  1. I am always looking to try new pumpkin bread recipes. This one sounds like a winner!

  2. That sounds wonderful - I take it it is more of a cake in the way that banana bread is really a cake? I doubt I'd be able to find tinned pumpkin over here though.

  3. Wish I had the time to make this. Sounds as if it would be delicious.

  4. I can smell it baking right now!! The temp will only get to 50 today so that does sound heavenly!

  5. My tummy feels all warm just thinking about this one! I love pumpkin bread. I was commenting yesterday somewhere that William Sonoma always cooks some type of pumpkin bread that lures me into their store right around the holidays. Just in time to drop hundreds of dollars against my will.

  6. MMM pumpkin bread. it's a staple at our house during the fall- that one looks great!

  7. Pumpkin Bread is favourite of ours as well! We take turns providing the treats for staff meetings and this is what I'm going to bring when it's my turn in a couple of months...yum!

  8. Molly - Let me know if you try this one. We love it!

    Verity - You're right. It has much the same texture as banana bread.

    Wood Water Garden - It will be well worth it if you have the time. Thanks for stopping by!

    Staci - Doesn't it smell wonderful? We won't even hit 50 today :-(

    Sandy - Williams Sonoma must have done some sort of study and determined that that smell makes shoppers spend money - lol!

    Marie - I haven't baked any yet this year...hopefully later this week.

    Diane - I've been craving some all day...ever since typing out that recipe!

    Darlene - Be sure to let me know how they like it!

  9. It sounds like this pumpkin bread is great tradition--I love recipes like that. Thank you for sharing! :)

  10. Heidenkind - This pumpkin bread really is a local tradition. Most people around here grew up with this recipe!

  11. Its sad to think that there is no more Kopps Canteen. My children and I will always remember Kopps Canteen...eating chicken and biscuits with their grandparents on a Sunday afternoon. We all love the pumpkin bread and make it often.

  12. Laurie - Lots of great memories from Kopps! I remember going there for chicken and biscuits with my grandparents, too, and will be making some pumpkin bread this week. Thanks for visiting!


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