This super easy pumpkin chocolate chip bread glazed with white chocolate ganache falls somewhere between a decadent quick bread and soft, chocolate-studded pumpkin cake.
This recipe can be used to bake a standard 9-inch loaf cake, mini loaf cakes, or pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.
"Wow! This pumpkin bread is amazing!! Love that you paired white chocolate with the pumpkin, such a great combo! The melted white chocolate in the batter adds so much richness. Delicious!" - Chelsey
I am not one of those people who wants pumpkin versions of everything this time of year.
The same cannot be said for my two daughters, one of whom has been begging me to make pumpkin bread since, oh... about June. They are pumpkin-bread-eating, pumpkin-latte-drinking, kind of people.
But, the craving for all things pumpkin spice mostly eludes me. For the most part, a slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving and a bowl of pumpkin bread pudding on a cold fall day just about does it for me. Also, I am 100% in love with this savory sausage and apple stuffed pumpkin. So good and no pumpkin spice required.
So, it goes without saying that if you're one of those pumpkin spice people, you are going to LOVE this super soft and tender pumpkin chocolate chip bread.
But, the people I really want to speak to are those like me. If you're not one of those pumpkin spice people, this pumpkin bread recipe is ESPECIALLY for you because I'm super duper confident that you're going to love it as much as I do. Which is to say, a whole heckofa lot.
In addition to the white chocolate ganache glaze, these pumpkin loaves include some melted white chocolate in the batter. If you're one of those people who don't really care for white chocolate, stay with me here. The baked loaves taste of pumpkin, spices, and chocolate - not white chocolate.
As I discovered when developing the recipe for Gluten Free Caramel Cake, adding some melted white chocolate to the batter adds an amazing richness to the finished product that no one would ever attribute to white chocolate. It's a handy little trick that I find myself coming back to time and again.
This recipe also calls for a decent amount of butter and a small amount of vegetable oil. Many quick bread recipes rely on vegetable oil to create a bread that is very moist. This works quite well, except that vegetable oil does not add any flavor.
By using mostly butter (Mmmmmmmm, butter) and just a bit of vegetable oil, these pumpkin chocolate chip loaves are both super moist AND rich and buttery.
Even if it's not true in the rest of life, when it comes to pumpkin bread we really can have it all. 😊
Bake in a standard loaf pan, mini loaf pan, or muffin pan
This recipe includes instructions for baking chocolate chip pumpkin bread in a standard 9-inch loaf pan, a mini loaf pan, or a muffin pan.
How to bake a standard 9-inch loaf of pumpkin bread
Most of what we call "sweet bread" or "quick bread" is simply cake baked in a loaf pan. Loves of Pumpkin Bread and Banana Bread are not really bread at all. They are loaf cakes.
This distinction matters very little to me. Call it what you like, quick bread or loaf cake. The only thing that matters is that it's sweet, moist, tender, and delicious.
In many ways, loaf cakes are my favorite type of cake to bake because they are generally casual affairs, simple to make, serve, transport, and store. This pumpkin chocolate chip bread is no exception. It's perfect for breakfast or dessert, bake sales, pot lucks, and afternoon snacks.
How to bake pumpkin mini loaves
After baking mini Bundt Cakes and mini Cupcakes, mini eclairs, and mini upside down cakes, I ordered a mini-loaf pan and baked mini pumpkin bread loaves. That was all it took to fall in love with the whole idea of mini loaves.
This recipe makes 9 mini-loaves. The loaves bake up into individual serving sizes that are the size of a large cupcake. In other words, they are a generous single serving or easily sliced up into adorable mini-slices to share.
How to bake pumpkin muffins
This recipe can also be used to make 12- 18 pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. And, if you'd rather, call them cupcakes, so be it.
I'd happily call them muffins while eating one with my morning coffee and cupcakes later in the day when I needed an afternoon snack.
More white chocolate recipes
If you're looking for something utterly decadent and impressive, soft and buttery white forest cake filled with amaretto-spiked Cherry Sauce and frosted with the most luscious White Chocolate Ganache Buttercream is going to knock your socks off.
And these malted white chocolate sandwich cookies filled with creamy halva buttercream and drizzled with white and dark chocolate are, in my opinion, the perfect holiday cookies. But, of course, don't let that stop you from making them any time of the year.
More fall baking recipes
Fall means apple season and this list of 10 of the best apple recipes includes things like mouthwatering apple pies, warm cider-infused cake, and apple butter muffins.
Fall also means the start to the holiday season which, in my mind means pie season. Here are a few of my favorite fall pie recipes:
- Maple Pumpkin Pie
- Pecan Pie Without Corn Syrup and Skillet Maple Pecan Pie (also without corn syrup)
- Salted Caramel Apple Pie
- Chocolate Cream Pie and No Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie
- Pear Tart with Wine Poached Pears and Frangipane
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- 4 ounces (¾ cup) white chocolate chips (if using a white chocolate bar, break it into small pieces)
- 1 ½ cups + 2 tablespoons (195 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon table salt, OR 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) butter, salted or unsalted, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon (12.3 grams) vegetable oil
- ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
- ½ cup (106 grams) dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- ¼ cup (57 grams) buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups (15 ounces/ 340 grams) pumpkin puree
- 5 ounces (¾ cup) mini dark chocolate chips
For the white chocolate ganache glaze:
- 3 ounces (½ cup) white chocolate chips (if using a bar, break into small pieces)
- ¼ cup (57 grams) heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon (14 grams) butter, cut into 4 pieces
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C).
- Prepare a 9-inch loaf pan: Grease and flour the pan using either vegetable shortening or butter and a bit of all-purpose flour.
- Prepare a mini loaf pan or muffin pan: Grease and flour each cavity with vegetable shortening or butter and a bit of all-purpose flour. Or, line the cavities with paper liners.
- Put 4 ounces of white chocolate chips in a small bowl and heat it in the microwave on 50% power for 1 ½ minutes. Stir the chocolate and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each heating, until all the chocolate is melted.
- Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice to a medium sized bowl and stir with a wire whisk to combine.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the butter, vegetable oil, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Beat on medium-high speed until the mixture is lightened and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Stop every now and then to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl and beating on medium speed for 20 seconds after each addition.
- In a small bowl, add the buttermilk, vanilla, and pumpkin puree and whisk to combine.
- Add the pumpkin-buttermilk mixture and the dry ingredients in alternating additions, beating on low speed after each addition just long enough to combine: flour-pumkin-flour-pumpkin-flour-pumpkin-flour.
- Add the melted white chocolate and mix on low speed just until combined. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan, or distribut it evenly among the cavities of a mini-loaf pan or muffin pan. The batter should come almost to the top of each cavity.
- If baking mini-loaves or muffins: Bake for 20-30 minutes. If baking 9-inch loaves: Bake for 50-60 minutes. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf (or the center of one of the mini loaves or muffins. If it comes out without any sign of raw batter, the pumpkin bread is done.
- Allow the pumpkin bread to cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
PREPARE THE WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
- Add the chocolate to a small bowl.
- Pour the cream into a glass measuring cup and microwave on high for 45-60 seconds, just until it begins to boil.
- Pour the cream over the white chocolate and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Stir the cream and chocolate, until all the chocolate is melted and the ganache is smooth. Add the butter, and stir until completely incorporated.
- Allow the ganache to cool to room temperature, then drizzle over the mini pumpkin loaves.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 539Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 464mgCarbohydrates: 88gFiber: 12gSugar: 48gProtein: 10g