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Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cream Cheese Swirl

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This tender quick bread is swirled with a luscious ribbon of sweetened cream cheese that melds beautifully with the pumpkin. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves add comforting warmth and spice flavor.

With just a bowl, a few pantry staples, and 15 minutes, you can have this gorgeous loaf ready for the oven. The streusel topping adds a delightful finishing crunch. Read on for my full recipe!

Equipment Needed

Here are some Equipment needed for this recipe:

Prep the Pan

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease an 8”x4” loaf pan. Line with parchment paper along bottom and up the sides.

Make the Batters

Pumpkin Bread Batter

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, pie spice, ginger, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix just until combined. Do not overmix.

Cream Cheese Swirl

  1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until smooth.

Assemble and Bake

  1. Pour half the bread batter into prepared pan.
  2. Dollop spoonfuls of cream cheese mixture over batter.
  3. Cover with remaining batter. Use a knife to swirl and marbleize.
  4. In a small bowl, use your fingers to mix streusel ingredients together until crumbly. Sprinkle over the top.
  5. Bake 55-60 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a wire rack. Remove loaf from pan after 15 minutes.


  • Store completely cooled bread tightly wrapped at room temperature for up to one week.
  • For longer storage, wrap in plastic then foil and freeze for up to 2 months.

Serving Suggestions

  • Slice pumpkin bread and top with cream cheese, butter, or mascarpone.
  • Make a bread pudding by cubing leftover bread and baking with custard.
  • Toast slices and serve with tea or as a breakfast treat.

Customizing Your Bread

  • For chocolate pumpkin bread, add 1⁄2 cup chocolate chips to the batter.
  • For pecan pumpkin bread, fold in 1⁄2 cup chopped toasted pecans.
  • For spice pumpkin bread, add 1⁄4 teaspoon each nutmeg and cloves.
  • Swirl with salted caramel or hazelnut spread instead of cream cheese.
  • Top with cinnamon pecans instead of streusel before baking.


This tender quick bread is swirled with a luscious ribbon of sweetened cream cheese that melds beautifully with the pumpkin. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves add comforting warmth and spice flavor.
prep time
20 minutes
cooking time
55-60 minutes
Makes one 8” loaf, 12 slices
total time
1 hour 20 minutes


  • Medium & large mixing bowls

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Whisk or electric mixer

  • Spatula

  • Loaf pan (8”x4” recommended)

  • Parchment paper

  • Wire cooling rack

  • Oven mitts/gloves


  • Bread:

  • 1 3⁄4 cups (220g) all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup (245g) canned pumpkin purée

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1⁄2 cup (120ml) milk

  • 1⁄3 cup (80ml) canola or vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Cream Cheese Swirl:

  • 4 ounces (115g) cream cheese, softened

  • 1⁄4 cup (50g) granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Streusel Topping:

  • 1⁄4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cold butter

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Pinch of salt


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