My wife and I had an extra can of pumpkin left over from the holidays and thought, what could we do with it! We LOVE pumpkin bread, but at the time I didn’t want to warm my home. Solution, let’s bake the bread in the crockpot! Let me just say you will NEVER have a more moist bread in your LIFE.
The process of baking in a crockpot is pretty easy. Once you have the batter made for your bread, pour around two cups of water into your crockpot. We are essentially baking the bread in a water bath. Now place the bread into the crockpot, but make sure the water doesn’t go into the bread pan. Next is a very important step, if you don’t do this the bread won’t bake very well. Make sure to place paper towels inside the crockpot, securing them with the crockpot top. This will trap the condensation the crockpot creates, and allow your bread to bake. Try not to open your crockpot until the appropriate time, and just use a knife to see if it is done.
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- ½ cup of oil
- ½ cup of sugar
- ½ cup of packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1 15oz can of pumpkin
- 1½ cup of flour (sifted)
- ¼ tsp. of salt
- ½ tsp. of cinnamon
- ½ tsp. of nutmeg
- 1 tsp. of baking soda
- Blend the oil and both of the sugars into a large bowl.
- Then, stir in the beaten eggs and canned pumpkin. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Pour the batter into a greased or oiled bread pan. (I used a canola oil spray that worked just fine.
- Now add two cups of water to your crockpot and place the pan into a crock pot.
- Cover the top of the crockpot with eight-ten paper towels. This is to trap condensation and keep the bread from becoming mushy.
- Place the crock pot lid on top of the crockpot (I tried to make sure the paper towels were trapped around the lid so they didn't slip) and bake on high 2½ to 3 hours.
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What size can of pumpkin and what size bread pan?
The bread pan was small, which yielded a deep bread. It fit into a crockpot, so not big! The can of pumpkin was just a regular sized can, the same size green beans and corn! Hope that helps!
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Did you use pumpkin purée or just pumpkin?
It’s a just pumpkin, not the puree.
Have you encountered having to cook the bread longer? Mine has cooked for almost four hours and is still doughy in the middle.
Every crockpot is different….if it’s not cooking give it a little more….then if it completely fails finish it in the oven if necessary
Could this same recipe be used in the oven? I do not have a crockpot and would really like to try it.
Also! If so, what temp and how long?
I made this in the oven yesterday since my crockpot isn’t large enough. 325 for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. I checked it at an hour first. It was delicious and still incredibly moist.
thanks for this tip… my crockpot is too small to put the bread pan in it!!! when you cooked it in the oven, did you add any water at all? Any other adjustments to the receipe?
what about adding chocolate chips? Could I add them to the dough before putting it in the crock pot?
Wondering what is the benefit of cooking this recipe in the crock pot instead of the oven?
I would say that it would make the bread more moist and the crockpot won’t heat up your whole house.
Exactly. The bread is incredibly moist.
Do I still cover the crockpot with its lid or just leave it off and use paper towels instead?
You do both. I drap the paper towels at the top of the crock, using the lid to hold them in place. That way they will capture much of the condensation.
Renna Hanlon says
I’m very much a visual person. I understand the point of using the paper towels, but am not exactly sure how to use them. When you drape them over the top, are the edges of the towels extended over the edges of the crock pot, with the lid holding them in place?
I’m anxious to try this recipe the next time we go camping. I use my crock pot a lot, rather than the oven in our RV. Inevitably, we want something sweet while we’re camping. This sounds great. Thanks for sharing!
Yes…I lay them over the top of the crock pot with perhaps up to 1″ hanging off each end. Then place the lid securely over the top to cover the crockpot snugly. You don’t want air escaping and the towels catch the condensation.
Nana Kathy in Iowa says
I stumbled upon your site googling pumpkin bread recipes. Just out of the crock pot and OMG this bread is the most, moist melt in your mouth pumpkin bread I have ever tasted! This will be my go to pumpkin bread recipe forever! I use real pumpkin that I canned last year. I wanted to use the last of it up before canning it again this year. Thank you for your awesome recipe!
Nana Kathy in Iowa says
I”m sharing this recipe on Facebook with a picture of my bread! It came out beautifully! The top isn’t crusty or hard e!ether! I topped a warm slice with whipped topping and oh so delicious! I can’t wait to share some with the grand kids! This is a must try recipe for all you pumpkin lovers!
My crockpot isn’t big enough, how much water do I add if I use my oven?
I can’t find just pumpkin. I only see pumpkin puree.
All canned pumpkin is puree! Just make sure it’s not pumpkin pie filling.
I just finished cooking this and had a slice… so amazing !!! The only thing i did different was add 4 or 5 shakes of ground cloves since most pumpkin pie recipes call for cloves. Topped my slice with a little butter and mmm mmm mmm !!! It was good . How do i store the rest though ?? In a tupperware in the fridge or loosely covered on the counter ?? HELP. .. i dont want it to go bad !!
Glad you liked it!
Could substituting applesauce for the oil work? Have you tried it yet?
what type of oil would be best? can’t wait to try this out!
Since my crockpot wasn’t big enough for a bread pan, and I just had to taste how moist it was because everyone was raving about it, I came up with a solution. Crock pot liners! I put 2 cups of water directly in the bottom of the crock pot, put the crock pot liner on top and filled the liner directly with the bread dough! It may not have been perfectly shaped when it came out, but oh boy was it delicious!
So what if I don’t use a bread pan for making the crock pot? Will the bread burn if I just put it directly in the crock pot?
I just mixed this up, poured it in my bread pan (normal size), and put 2 cups of water in my crock pot (large size). Went to put the bread pan in the crock pot and it just sits on the rim of the crock pot. I’m not sure how everyone else is fitting a bread pan in their crock pots unless their pots are huge and bread pans have no handles/edges. I saw someone else’s suggestion of putting it in the oven at 325 so I’m going to try that but super disappointed that the crock pot didn’t work! 🙁
I had the same problem with my bread pan not sitting inside my crock pot, with the edges resting on the upper rim instead. I followed the rest of the instructions, covering with paper towels, and took the chance of baking the bread with the pan resting on the rim. The pumpkin bread came out BEAUTIFULLY! My old crock pot recently died, and I replaced it with a Hamilton Beach 6-quart programmable slow cooker (model 33967), and the lid has a rubber ring along the rim that can be locked down onto the cooker. I locked down the lid, creating a tight seal as the bread baked. I will try baking my holiday gingerbread this way as well, and any other bread recipes for that matter! Incidentally, the HB is one of the best crock pots you can buy for your money (I have to rave about it). Bed Bath & Beyond can order one shipped to you for $49.99 (I had an extra $10 off coupon for an even better deal).
I have this crockpot too and I LOVE it! Was unsure about setting it on the rim but since you said it worked I’m going to try it, thanks!
what type of oil do you use?!
can’t wait to try this recipe.
I used coconut oil, heated for a few seconds in the microwave to break down from solid form.
This was my first attempt at “baking” in my crock pot! Easy and yummy. Thank you for the recipe. But I would probably add more cinnamon and nutmeg next time. 😉
Ed M. says
I’m going to make this. Maybe even today or tomorrow. But I’m confused about one thing: Why paper towels? Wouldn’t paper towels ABSORB the moisture? Wouldn’t aluminum foil work/work better?
The paper towels absorb the condensation that would otherwise rain down on yr bread while baking! You’d get a mushy weird top on your bread 🙁 Paper towels are indeed what you want!
Could I make this in a small appetizer crockpot and half the recipe??
So, as many of you said, my loaf pan didn’t fit in my crockpot. BUT, I have a Pyrex 7x5x1.5 in glass dish & that DID fit in my crockpot! Only half of the recipe fit in there, so I made 2 loafs. I’ll eat one now & freeze the other for another time. Since it was a smaller pan, it only had to cook 2 hours, but wow! It was so moist! It’s very good with butter, but I’m sure it would also be good w/ some whipped cream too! I might just have to make some more of these as Christmas gifts! 🙂
Can I use the Libby’s 100% pumpkin pumpkin that comes in a can?
As long as it doesn’t say pumpkin pie “filling” you should be fine!
The heating element has gone kaput in my stove…. during the coldest days of the year! Thanks so much for giving me a way to still bake! 🙂
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Anybody else have a problem with the bread growing mold few days later? I guess it has to be refrigerated
Pumpkin does not last long sitting out.
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Aretha Symon says
Great recipe! My oven just died and this recipe was perfect. I used a throw away aluminum bread pan and it fit inside my oval crock pot well. And yes the paper towels are a must! Super moist!
Jasmine M. says
I would love to try this recipe! However, Im flute intolerant and I’m wondering if substituting the regular flour for GF all purpose or almost flour would be OK in this recipe? Has anyone else tried it like that? Im curious as to how it would turn out.
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I’m assuming it is a metal loaf pan that you’re using or did you use glass?
I use silicone bread pan. It fits in the crock pot because it is flexible
I don’t have a loaf pan small enough to place inside my slow cooker. Could I skip the water and just cook the bread itself in the slow cooker dish?
Any tips to up the Serving Amount? I need it to serve 6-8 people. Not good at math!!! Do you have a recipe for that many people?
Any tips on increasing the Serving Size? I need to feed 6-8 people. Not good at math!!! Do you have a recipe for that many people?
Charity Treat says
Make two loaves! ????????
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Sandra Duffin says
This pumpkin bread was so easy and good. SUPER MOIST!!!!!!????
Seems undercooked after nearly 45 minutes longer in the crockpot-too gooey after reaching 215 degrees internal temperature. Not appetizing to look at either. I don’t think I will make it again.
Can you use self rising flour
Wow. I didn’t know you could make pumpkin bread in the crockpot. I can’t wait to try this and have it ready for breakfast when I wake up! Pinning now.
Pam Grzybicki says
Could you use a Terry dish towel instead of the paper towels?
Can a can of pumpkin pie mix be used in place of the can pumpkin