Pumpkin Bread with Orange Cream Cheese Filling

Ask anyone what they associate with the month of October and you may get lots of different answers. As we head towards the end of the year, shortening days and longer nights call for sweaters and boots, football games and hay rides.  Falling leaves and their associated orange and red hues would also be a popular answer but quite possibly one of the top would have to be anything and everything pumpkin! Whether it be the perennially popular pumpkin spice latte at your favorite coffee emporium or the most basic of Jack O’ Lanterns gracing the neighborhood porches in anticipation of that holiday celebrated by children (and adults) on the 31st, all things pumpkin are to be celebrated in October.  This pumpkin bread recipe combines spicy notes of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg with creamy-orangey goodness for a delectable bread you’ll love to bake and with the availability of canned pumpkin, enjoy year around!

Ask anyone what they associate with the month of October and you may get lots of different answers. As we head towards the end of the year, shortening days and longer nights call for sweaters and boots, football games and hay rides.  Falling leaves and their associated orange and red hues would also be a popular answer but quite possibly one of the top would have to be anything and everything pumpkin! Whether it be the perennially popular pumpkin spice latte at your favorite coffee emporium or the most basic of Jack O’ Lanterns gracing the neighborhood porches in anticipation of that holiday celebrated by children (and adults) on the 31st, all things pumpkin are to be celebrated in October.  This pumpkin bread recipe combines spicy notes of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg with creamy-orangey goodness for a delectable bread you’ll love to bake and with the availability of canned pumpkin, enjoy year around!

Pumpkin Bread with Orange Cream Cheese Filling
Pumpkin Bread with Orange Cream Cheese Filling
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A sweet, dense loaf with a ribbon of cream cheese flavored with citrus in the center of each slice.
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 15 minutes
Cook Time
60-70 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 15 minutes
Cook Time
60-70 minutes
Pumpkin Bread with Orange Cream Cheese Filling
Pumpkin Bread with Orange Cream Cheese Filling
BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list
Print Recipe
A sweet, dense loaf with a ribbon of cream cheese flavored with citrus in the center of each slice.
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 15 minutes
Cook Time
60-70 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 15 minutes
Cook Time
60-70 minutes
Ingredients
Filling
Bread
Servings: loaves
Instructions
Filling
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease two 8x4x3 inch loaf pans and set aside. In a medium bowl beat softened cream cheese; add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, 1 egg and the grated orange peel and continue beating until smooth. Set bowl aside.
    orange cream cheese filling
Bread
  1. In a separate bowl thoroughly combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Set this bowl aside. In a large mixing bowl put pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, two eggs and 1 1/2 cups sugar and beat well.
    eggs pumpkin sugar
  2. Stir the flour and spice mixture into the pumpkin mixture until just combined. Fold in the chopped nuts, if using.
    pouring walnuts
  3. Divide 1/2 of the pumpkin batter into the bottom of the two prepared loaf pans spreading evenly. Spoon 1/2 of the cream cheese mixture into each pan and spread towards edges and corners. Divide half of remaining batter evenly into each pan and spread, covering the cream cheese mixture as best as you can.
    half pumpkin half cream cheese
  4. Bake in a pre-heated 325 degree oven for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each loaf comes out clean. Cool loaves in their pans for 10 minutes. Loosen edges with a knife then carefully remove to wire racks to cool completely. Wrap well and store in the refrigerator if not eaten immediately.
Recipe Notes

Expect a dense loaf and because it contains cream cheese I recommend storing leftovers tightly wrapped in the refrigerator.  This bread tastes even better the next day after all the flavors meld.  Enjoy for breakfast or a snack with your favorite coffee, tea or milk.  This pumpkin bread recipe makes two loaves, one for you and one to share!

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  1. Hi there! I realize this post is years old, but I’ve just found your site this morning for the first time. I’m so very glad I did!! Imagine, an *entire* site devoted to all types of breads!! This will be the first recipe I try, as Pumpkin is my favorite of all (2nd’d by cinnamon, then Cookie Butter!), and had a question – I don’t like orange ( it burns my stomach when I eat one, ever since I was little – so even the flavor in small amounts in other things turns me off of it completely), so I was wondering if there was something else I could flavor the cream cheese with? I thought about cinnamon, but that’s already in the batter, and lemon doesn’t sound very good. If I don’t hear back from you in a few days, I will try it with just plain cream cheese. That aside, your site is wonderful, and I love the way you write! You bring us right into your posts, and make us smile & laugh with your fantastic sense of humor. I can’t wait to finish going through all of your posts with such beautiful, mouthwatering photos as well! Wishing you the best, and continued success! 🙂 ~Sapph

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