The BEST Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter Maple Icing

This is truly the BEST Pumpkin Bread EVER! Moist, fluffy, soft and with a tender crumb, it's topped with an incredibly easy Brown Butter Maple Icing. Great for breakfast, brunch or dessert! It’s still in the 90s here in Sacramento.

But because I’m stubborn (and in denial) I’ve been rocking my boots, flannels and leggings and sweating profusely while doing so… only until I crank up the AC in October(!!!) and then I feel a little more fall-ish.

I’ve lit pumpkin candles around the house. I’ve purchased logs of wood for fires. I’ve even draped throw blankets back on over the couches to invite fall into Sacramento. But it’s still Daisy-Duke weather and I’m about to lose it.

The rest of the world is blissfully sipping PSL’s while they bundle up in peacoats and scarves and break out their Hunter boots for impending thunderstorms. Me? I’m digging through my closet for the tiniest shorts I own in an attempt to stay cool and the only thunderstorm in Sacramento is the thunderous sobbing by yours truly over the fact that it’s ALMOST ONE HUNDRED DEGREES STILL.

Like, WTF Mother Nature? What did I ever do to you? Don’t you know PSL’s are seasonal? Don’t you know they GO AWAY SOON?! I cant very well sip on them blissfully while red leaves twirl at my feet when I’m still wearing a bikini and slapping on sunscreen.

Life can be so unfair at times.

This is truly the BEST Pumpkin Bread EVER! Moist, fluffy, soft and with a tender crumb, it's topped with an incredibly easy Brown Butter Maple Icing. Great for breakfast, brunch or dessert! But despite the weather hiccup, I’m completely in the midst of my fall baking. Pumpkin and caramel apple errthang, people. And I couldn’t very well usher in my fake-fall without pumpkin bread! Pumpkin bread is one of those warming, comforting carbs that I simply cannot resist. Whether it’s topped with a glaze, studded with nuts, or plain nekkid, I love it any which way and prefer a thick slice for breakfast with my coffee. This bread is perfectly fluffy and moist without being too wet, has a soft and tender crumb, and is topped with the best brown butter maple glaze that drips down over the top of this well-spiced loaf.

Even if the outdoors feel like July, at least you can eat fall!

***NOTE: Some people have had issues with the glaze separating. I highly suggest letting the brown butter cool completely before whisking in the remaining glaze ingredients. This should help prevent the glaze from separating.***

This is truly the BEST Pumpkin Bread EVER! Moist, fluffy, soft and with a tender crumb, it's topped with an incredibly easy Brown Butter Maple Icing. Great for breakfast, brunch or dessert! *adapted slightly from Land O Lakes Baking & More Cookbook

4.7 from 19 reviews
The BEST Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter Maple Icing
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Serves: 8
 
Perfectly spiced, moist and tender, this Pumpkin Bread will soon become a family favorite! Leave it naked if you wish, or stud it with nuts - however, I prefer mine with this simple brown butter maple glaze. I'm sure you will, too!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened (I used Land O Lakes)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (the puree, NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 & ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • FOR GLAZE:
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 - 1 & ½ cups powdered sugar (start with one cup and add more if glaze is too runny)
  • 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ cup milk, optional if glaze is too thick
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl combine all of the above bread ingredients and beat at medium speed with a handheld mixer, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until well-mixed.
  3. Pour the bread mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for approx. 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean or with a couple moist crumbs (not wet). Cool for about 15 minutes, then very gently remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. While bread cools, make your glaze: in a small saucepan, heat butter over medium-low heat until melted. Continue cooking, watching butter carefully, until it sizzles and begins to turn amber in color, about 4-5 minutes. Do not overcook because it can quickly burn! When butter looks caramel-colored and smells kind of nutty, it's done. Remove butter from heat and cool completely. Then stir in the powdered sugar and maple syrup until a soft glaze has formed.
  5. Pour the glaze generously over top of the pumpkin loaf and let it set, about 30 minutes. Cut into slices and serve!

 

This is truly the BEST Pumpkin Bread EVER! Moist, fluffy, soft and with a tender crumb, it's topped with an incredibly easy Brown Butter Maple Icing. Great for breakfast, brunch or dessert! A simple, delicious, moist and tender bread packed with pumpkin flavor! Perfectly spiced throughout and topped with that sinful, warm & rich brown butter maple glaze – it doesn’t get better than this!

Have a fantastic day!!

xo, Hayley

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Comments

  1. This does sound really good! Just look how moist! Can I please have some now?

  2. I just made a browned butter pumpkin bread too (but no maple for me, boo!)! Love it! I think I need to put your bread to the test, because I already declared mine the best. It’s a fight to the death between the pumpkin breads, Hayley. Will our friendship survive????

  3. Omg, I am SO jealous that you are still in 90’s! I miss summer weather 🙁 Of course, it never really even got to 90 where I live but that is my absolutely favorite temperature! Just come to the Midwest for a couple of weeks during winter, you’ll be missing 90 degrees in no time 😉 This pumpkin bread looks delish, I can’t wait to try it! Hooray for all things pumpkin!

  4. That brown butter maple icing sounds incredible! I thought I already had a favorite pumpkin bread, but this one sounds like it could be a new favorite!

  5. Hopefully the warm streak lasts all the way through winter! This bread looks delicious! I wish I had some for my breakfast right now!

  6. You gotta do whatcha gotta do in order to rock them boots. Love this moist bread with the sweet drizzle. Nom!

  7. Ohhhh my gosh, Hayley!!! You’ve done it again! This looks absolutely amazing (regardless of temperature… it’ll be an oven when I get home to Australia but I will be baking this anyway!), so moist and delicious. I’m still newish to the idea of sweet pumpkin but I do think that you guys in America have been onto a good thing for ages! Can’t wait to try this! x

  8. This looks so ooey, gooey and delicious. I love pumpkin bread.

  9. I totally hear you lady. Sunday was the first day this entire season that has felt even REMOTELY fall-like. We must compensate with pumpkin bread. YUM!

  10. You had me at Brown Butter Maple Icing *swoon*

  11. That drippy icing is killing me, I’d just sit down and eat the whole loaf! — it’s finally starting to cool off in LA, so I can actually get into pumpkin mode ‘for real’ 🙂

  12. You are speaking my language! I am in Sac also and SERIOUSLY WTF–this heat is cramping the Fall awesomeness.

    Today is finally looking like fall, FINALLY. I can’t.

    Thank you for this recipe, pumpkin anything also speaks my language and with maple icing? Um, yes please!!

  13. I tried making the glaze…twice…but both times ended up with a globy mess. Any tips for what I may be doing wrong?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Jenna! Oh no, so sorry your glaze has turned out funky! If the glaze is too thick, add a little more milk or cream, about a teaspoon at a time, and stir until it’s a pourable consistency. If it’s too thin, you may need to add more powdered sugar. A little elbow grease when you stir can help whip some air into the mixture and thin it out, too. Hope this helps!

      • When you say add a little “more” milk or cream, is there supposed to be milk or cream in it? I had the same problem.

        • Oops, supposed to be Melissa. Anyway, I tried following the recipe for the glaze and it was a huge glob. Not sure what I did wrong.

        • thedomesticrebel says:

          Hi Melissa (or Meliisa) 🙂 the initial glaze recipe does not have milk or cream in it. However, you can add some if you have it to help thin out the glob of icing. You could also use more maple syrup or vanilla extract, even, but it would make it sweeter. Hope that helps!

          • I tired making the glaze 3 times, needless to say now I have ran out of sugar and butter. It seems as if there is too much powdered sugar added. How do you get this to be a glaze instead of a glob? What is the technique you used to make this glaze? I even tried sifting my powdered sugar and slowly adding. What can I do?

          • thedomesticrebel says:

            Try thinning it out with a little more milk or water. That should help!

          • I made the bread and I had the same problem with the glaze only the butter separated from the sugar and it just was one clump with grease on top.
            Not sure what I did wrong…. Did I cook the butter too long? I followed the instructions..
            Even when I added milk to thin it couldn’t get rid of the grease.

    • My glaze turned out a little funky, too! I ended up putting chopped walnuts on top to cover up the icing.

  14. This pumpkin bread looks so moist and amazing with that glaze! Can’t wait to try it. Here in NH we are expecting the weekend highs to be in the 30’s with the possibility of the first snow of the season. So, try as I may, I am trying to empathize with your bikini and sunscreen dilemma….but am having a hard time….as I won’t be seen in a bikini any time soon. But wait.. I haven’t worn a bikini in like a decade….or two…so I guess I’m not missing anything…. 😉

    Thanks for sharing your yummy bread!

  15. It’s finally gotten down to 85 lately. I’d definitely make this bread anyway. It looks amazing!

  16. Just made this recipe tonight and turned out amazing! The bread was not too sweet and perfectly moist. Thank you for a delicious recipe. As noted above by other reviewers, my glaze turned out a little clumpy so I added a tsp of milk till I reached a desired consistency and worked out fine. Delicious, I will be making this again and again.

  17. Ugh I’m making the glaze now and it’s like the consistency of cinnamon sugar. I don’t have cows milk. I have almond but I need this to be nut free for my son’s school. Help!

  18. Was wondering what size can of pumpkin puree are we using?

  19. Was just wondering what size can of pumpkin puree are we using?

  20. made this for thanksgiving and it was a huge hit. like some others commented, the glaze was a bit gloppy, but i added some milk per your instrux, and voilá! perfection. only problem was everyone liked it so much, i had no leftovers!

  21. Made it super easy and turned out perfect:) Big hit everyone loves it!

  22. I made this recipe last night and the bread was SUPER good, but the glaze looked NOTHING like what’ s in the pictures. It seemed like 2 cups of powdered sugar was too much. I got the butter to the perfect amber color and added the powdered sugar one cup at at a time and it was just one thick pile of goop. I spread it onto the top of the still warm loaf of bread and it didn’t even melt, it just turned into one thick layer of goop. I still brought it into work as maybe some people will like it, but I had to take the layer of frosting off my piece before I ate it. I was really sad because I was so much looking forward to that warm ooey glaze. =(

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      I’m so sorry the glaze was off for you, Micah!

    • The bread is moist, but just not that exciting. It definitely needs nuts and raisins, something to make it say hello. The powered sugar in my opinion is too much, one up I think would be fine. My icing tasted just like a glob of sugar. A nice butter icing would be a improvement.

  23. Just made this bread but noticed that you didn’t specify unsalted or salted butter. I used salted and cut salt down to 1/2 teaspoon. I increased spices and added more sugar, probably 1/2 cup white sugar. But basic cake recipe is moist and delicious!!!!! I will use this from NOW on. I just prefer more spice and put raisins in mine. Made cream cheese frosting added vanilla and pumpkin pie spice in frosting and sprinkled on top. Wonderful batter and bakes up beautifully. Yummy yummy!!!!!

  24. What if I make this the day before I serve…should I make the glaze the next day?

  25. Ever think about putting the hint about adding milk to the glaze in the instructions? A little frustrating to learn this after you’ve already made it.

  26. This recipe tasted amazing!! My glaze was gloppy, also. I took the glaze out of saucepan and put it in a different bowl, added a bit more powdered sugar (to soak up the butter,) and then added some milk until it was a true glaze. Delicious! I will make it again!!

  27. This tastes amazing! Anyone know what the carbs would be? My husband is diabetic and we need to know so he can have enough insulin.

  28. I just made this……sprinkled toasted pumpkin seeds all over the glaze before it set. Incredible!

  29. Maria Carpenter says:

    If I make a double batch, can I freeze One loaf? Thanks!

  30. What will happen if I use the pumpkin pie filling? I accidentally bought that a while ago and need to use it up, cause I’m not making a dang pie with.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Lydia, pumpkin pie filling has sugar and other ingredients mixed in and doesn’t have the same texture as puree since it’s been doctored up. I highly recommend using real pumpkin puree and saving the pie filling for a milkshake where it’d be easy to blend in!

  31. Hey! I just found your recipe through pinterest, and was wondering if I could sub just plain ol’ pancake syrup for the maple syrup? My family and I don’t eat maple syrup, and I don’t feel like springing for a whole bottle when I’d need just a tablespoon for this yummy recipe. What do you think?

  32. Made this bread and the recipe was pretty good. I will add a little less salt next time. Also, I cut the glaze recipe in half and to thin it out, I used Crown Royal maple flavored whiskey and a tiny bit of water. Halving the recipe will allow you to drizzle instead of frost.

  33. Next time I will cut salt in half. I cut glaze recipe in half and thinned with Crown Royale maple flavored whiskey and a tiny bit of water. Halving glaze make for a good drizzle not a frost. Otherwise great recipe.

  34. It’s SO hot in Sac still. I’m totally over it and can’t wait for fall. This bread is a perfect way for my house to smell like fall!

  35. Thanks so much for the recipe. I made it yesterday, and it is delicious!
    Mine did, however, need to bake for 55 minutes. Even with the 55 minutes
    it was very moist & fabulous! I did not even add any icing, yet it was soooo good!
    I will most definitely be using this recipe in the future.
    I highly recommend this recipe to everyone. 🙂

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Woohoo! Thanks a bunch, Hol!

      • Hey girl this recipe was fabulous! Did you store the glazed bread in the fridge? I have only had one piece and want to make sure the rest is primo for tomorrow!

        • thedomesticrebel says:

          Hi Lex, sorry I’m only seeing this now! You can absolutely store it airtight in the fridge, but I keep mine airtight on the counter 🙂 So glad you enjoyed!

  36. I just made this and had no problem with the glaze but the bread is a little salty!! I used salted butter, I think next time I may use unsalted butter or just keep the additional teaspoon of salt out next time! Mine cooked for 50 minutes and still moist!

  37. Jennifer Clayborn says:

    Made this today and it is really great! Thank you for sharing.

  38. Hi, would this recipe work as muffins? Thanks!

  39. Hi! Just found this recipe on Pinterest. I don’t have cloves. Could I substitute the spices with pumpkin pie spice?

  40. 2 cups of powdered sugar? I just made the glaze and it needed more than a couple tablespoons of milk. Did I do something wrong?

  41. A cold rainy day in Utah. Looking for something to bake to warm up my kitchen. The pumpkin bread was fabulous ! 5 star, highly recommended. I DID use the full can of pumpkin. Made a large loaf,baked 52 minutes, and 2 muffins, baked 25 minutes or so. Glaze: Skipped the butter and cooking, used just 1 cup p.sugar, 3Tbl maple syrup, 1 Tbl milk. Happy and warm. Jan

  42. Delicious!! Yes, the glaze does get lumpy after you add maple syrup, but adding a tbsp or so of milk and transferring to a bowl to give it a vigorous whisk is the solution! I imagine this glaze could be used on other breads as well, it is soooo decadent!

  43. Is the brown sugar packed?

  44. I made it! It was the absolute best pumpkin bread I’ve ever made/had in my life. SO moist and SO full of flavor. I didn’t make the frosting, it really doesn’t need it. Thank you for this awesome recipe!!

  45. I made this last night with 1/2 C. of brown sugar and 1/2 C. coconut sugar. This was one of the best pumpkin bread recipes that I’ve made!!

  46. I made this tonight…it’s absolutely amazing!! So most. Icing does best with a wire whisk and a little milk added. I made a loaf for my mother and grandmother also. They both said it was the best they had ever eaten. That means a lot to me coming from my 97 year old granny !

  47. I had the same issue with the glaze!! 🙁
    It turned out to be this paste thing and I added milk to make it more smooth but didn’t work 🙁
    The bread came out great though!!
    I wish there was something else or some remedy for the glaze 🙁

  48. The name says it all!! This was pretty epic! I’m making this for thanksgiving!

  49. Kelsey Paumer says:

    This was unbelievably delicious. My husband can’t stop talking about it. Next time, I’m going to need to make a double batch. Thank you!

  50. I made this recipe this evening and OMG…Soooooooooooooooooooooooo good!!!! It was very easy and fun to make, I had no issue with the glaze, It came out perfectly. The bread is the right amout of sweetness but the glaze really brings it together. Definitely recommend this recipe for a cool fall day!!!

  51. I make this for those in my family (myself included) who don’t like pumpkin, and we LOVE it!

  52. I too had the frosting separate. It was smooth with the butter and powdered sugar but when I added the maple syrup it immediately separated. If I had to wager a guess it’s that maple syrup (like honey) is water-based so once mixed with the oil of the butter it then separates and it won’t emulsify.

  53. The glaze on this pumpkin bread is to die for! One of my favourite pumpkin recipes. 🎃

  54. AWESOME!!! Easiest and BEST pumpkin bread I’ve ever had! Thanks =))

  55. Caitlin C. says:

    To anyone who is having trouble with the consistency of the frosting: try making an “ice bath” for the bowl that you’re mixing the frosting in. I put some cold water and ice cubes in a bigger bowl, then put the bowl with the icing inside it and stirred. The frosting became smooth in seconds. If the butter is too hot the powdered sugar gets clunky so the ice bath helps cool it down so it can emulsify. Hope this helps!

  56. Annette E says:

    Hey all – I had the exact same problem with the glaze. Mine separated and would not combine with the butter at all. I did try adding cream and this did not help. I put it in a different bowl and tried to get it to combine. Nope. Such a bummer – but this glaze seems to be a bust. Thank you for the recipe though! The bread is yummy.

  57. I have made this three times now. Sooo yummy! I will have to double up my exercise classes as I can’t stop eating this! Thanks for this lovely recipe!

  58. To everyone having problems with the glaze… most powdered sugar has cornstarch added to prevent clumping. If your butter is too hot the cornstarch will bind the glaze. Make sure you cool your butter down first before adding the sugar. This should eliminate the problem of gloppy glaze. 🙂 The recipe looks yummy. I’m making to take to a playdate this afternoon. Will let you know how it turns out.

  59. Ok, just trying to make this and what a mess. I am an experienced baker but this is coming out like cookie dough, very stiff, definitely not something I can pour.i tried mixing some cream to the dry mixture but not helping.i have double and triple checked the ingredients but there is no liquid added so wondering what is happening.

  60. Just came across this recipe on Pinterest. Got to tell you, it is the best Pumpkin Bread Ive come across. I made a loaf for my husband and I , and one to ship to my son and family for Thanksgiving morning (since we could not be with them this year). I made the glaze for the one to be shipped and put it into a baggie to be added when they sliced the bread. My husband polished ours off quickly and says the kids will love it! Thank you for sharing it. I made it as you did. Thinned out the glaze a bit with milk. It is a delicious recipe.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Thank you so much, Sharon! I am so happy to hear your family loved it, and what a nice surprise for your son!

  61. Kaitlin Bode says:

    I am looking for a recipe for a pumpkin chocolate chip cake. I saw this and it looks amazing! Do you think I would be able to make this in a layer cake pan with success? Or would it be too dense?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      It would probably be a little too dense, Kaitlin. HOWEVER, I have a pumpkin spice sheet cake you could add chocolate chips to! Search for “pumpkin spice sheet cake” on the right hand side of my blog for the recipe!

  62. Oh, this recipe is soooo good. I have tried making other pumpkin bread recipes and this one is the best! So moist and delicious, it doesn’t need the icing! Thanks for sharing

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