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Pumpkin Corn Bread Recipe

When the weather is horrible – cold, windy and rainy you need some pumpkin corn bread to warm you up.

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There are so many ways you can incorporate corn into a pumpkin bread recipe whether it be a loaf for lunch time or a sweet bread for afternoon tea. 

How To Make Pumpkin Corn Bread

We have used a loaf tin to make this bread, but you can make it in a square dish, 20 x 20cm. The lovely thing about making it in a loaf tin is that you get the rise as you would do in a nice crusty loaf of bread, and you can actually use it for sandwiches!

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Pumpkin Corn Bread Recipe

Pumpkin Corn Bread Recipe

Delicious pumpkin corn bread which tastes amazing slightly heated alongside chili or casserole

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 cup self-raising flour, plus level tsp of baking powder
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp molasses, or honey if you prefer
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp black onion seeds (nigella seeds) or mustard seeds
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


Heat oven to 180°C.

Mix together all the dry ingredients – flour, cornmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, brown sugar and onion seeds.

In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients – eggs, olive oil, molasses and pumpkin puree.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and gently mix together. The mixture should be of ‘dropping consistency’ and quite doughy. If for some reason it is a little wet, add some more flour.

Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. As ovens vary, don’t be alarmed if you have to cook it for longer.

It has a great texture and is a little less sweet than the traditional corn bread, particularly if you add a few unusual ingredients such as the onion or mustard seeds, or even some finely diced mild chilli, or sunflower seeds. It is quite unusual, and will be a great hit with the family or with guests. Sugar and spice and all things nice!!

Pumpkin Corn Bread Variations

This bread has been made so many times using seeds or nuts, chopped chillies and even jalapenos if you really like hot and spicy. Try varying the spices and using cumin or caraway seeds, fennel seeds etc. It really is worth experimenting. I have seen pumpkin cranberry corn bread (I actually have a pumpkin cranberry bread recipe which tastes delish to I am sure the one with corn be just as good). I have seen some with spice, no surprise here since it and pumpkin are virtually inseparable, some with walnuts and sage. 

Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe

There is a vegan pumpkin cornbread recipe for those on this diet. I decided to show my loyal readers the video so that they can recreate this!

Pumpkin bread recipes are divine, there are literally hundreds to choose from. I have several of my own recipes and every time I come online I find more and more. There literally are not enough days over Fall to make them all.

What To Serve With Pumpkin Corn Bread

Serve this healthy pumpkin corn bread with a steaming bowl of chilli, a delicious lamb and pumpkin casserole, or even a pumpkin soup.  

If you prefer it with sweet accompaniments, you could pour honey over it, or even make it into French toast. Whichever way, this bread is absolutely delicious and needs to be tried at least once.

What Will You Add To My Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe?

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