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Sliced pieces of Pumpkin Amaretto loaf

Pumpkin Amaretto Quick Bread

This is a moist pumpkin bread, flavored with a hint of almond from the Amaretto. It ships well, is easy-peasy, and is delicious!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword care packages, Fall care package, pumpkin amaretto bread, pumpkin bread, quick breads
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 326kcal
Author dorothy stainbrook


  • Loaf pans (small aluminum ones work best)


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup = 1 stick; get it to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon zest grated with microplane
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree make sure it is 100% pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 1/2 oz. Amaretto
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp milk I used 2%
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans plus a handful to sprinkle on top


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and lightly dust with flour. (Alternatively, use 2 small aluminum disposal loaf pans). Bring butter to room temperature.
  • In medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt). Set aside
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, beat together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add lemon zest and pumpkin puree and beat until combined.
  • Remove mixer bowl and add the dry ingredient mixture to the bowl. Stir in until just incorporated (don't overmix). Stir in Amaretto and milk. Fold in the nuts, reserving a handful for the topping.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in the center of the oven until a knife inserted into center of bread comes out clean, about 45-60 minutes.
  • Cool the bread in the pan for 20 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack, turn right side up and sprinkle with reserved nuts. Then let it cool completely.
  • If you are shipping this, wrap it securly in plastic wrap after it has cooled. Then wrap the whole thing in aluminum foil. It freezes well if not sending right away.


** I have also made this with Grand Marnier, which adds an orange background rather than almond.  If you use Grand Marnier, change the lemon zest to orange zest.
** Interchange the nuts as you wish (almonds might be good), or leave them out all together.  


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 4153IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg