Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

Funny my only holiday recipe left to post about is a recipe from this week's most talked about chef, Paula Deen. While a lot of Paula's recipes are way too rich for me, I've always enjoyed and respected her as a chef. This week she revealed she has diabetes which apparently she has had for three years. We also found out she recently signed an endorsement deal with a diabetes drug company. Coincidence or not?

Christmas week I wanted to make something for my neighbors. Pumpkin is perfect for the holidays but I wanted to make something different. I searched and found Paula's recipe for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread. The cream cheese gives the bread a more subtle pumpkin flavor. I chose to omit the nuts and raisins. It's a great spin on traditional pumpkin bread.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread
Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3/4 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans.
In a medium bowl and with an electric mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add sugar, beating until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and next 5 ingredients, stirring to combine. Gradually add flour mixture to cream cheese mixture, mixing until blended. Stir in pumpkin, pecans, and raisins.
Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove from pans, and allow to cool completely on wire racks.

I am linking this to Foodie Friday, Full Plate Thursday, Sweet Tooth Friday and Let's Do Brunch!


  1. Awesome recipe…truly Delicious..Bookmarked


  2. Oy don't get me started on the Paula Deen debacle. If I were her PR people, I would have had her release news of her diabetes at least a few MONTHS before she went public with the fact that she was working with pharma. Coincidence? Definitely now.

    That being said, this bread looks amazing. One of the few Paula recipes I'd actually consider making!

  3. No coincidence, it's all about the money!
    The pumpkin bread looks delicious.

  4. I haven't been too excited by the news about Paula Deen. It does seem like she's cashing in, in the most obvious way. But the bread does look great, doesn't it?

  5. Not! It's too bad because it's putting her in a very bad light now. Pumpkin and cream cheese are so delicious together. I've made pumpkin cheese cake but never pumpkin bread - sounds great!

  6. I'm amazed at what celebrities will do to market themselves! I can help Paula out here with almond flour, Greek yogurt cheese and stevia. We all need to lighten up and love our neighbors. I'm sure they love you!

  7. Looks delicious. I'd leave out the raisins and nuts too.

    I just heard about Paula this morning. I'm keeping my comments to myself for now, but will say that I'm disappointed in her.

  8. Hi Julie,
    I just love the Pumpkin and Cream Cheese combination, it is a great recipe. I will plan on eating one small slice, and enjoying every bite. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. This bread looks great Julie. Wish I was one of your neighbors!

    As for Paula Deen, I'm with several of the others. Don't get me started :)

  10. I am impressed; I have never heard of of this before; great combination. Learn something new everyday with my blogging pals; thank you Julie.

  11. I'm going to try this today, no raisins. Thanks for sharing. Mary.


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