Together In The Kitchen: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf

Welcome to the first installment of Together in the Kitchen {essentially a recipe link party with a twist}. We would love for you to share recipes you’ve made, modified or just love & want to share. BUT, be inspired to do baking, stirring and making together with your children, spouse, friend, mom!

Meet the co-hosts & check out their recipes…

They look amazing, right?! I’m so excited to try their recipes! And now to ours:

I’d like to share with you a very special holiday treat. My mom, as I’ve mentioned before, is an AMAZING cook. And she is just a wonderful, wonderful hostess. When I was a kid, I used to be so proud of my mom and her cooking abilities {ok, I still am!}. Whenever anyone received a treat from her, they would get so excited!

Every Thanksgiving my mom would pass out to my teachers, and other special parents or office personnel, this yummy, yummy bread. She called it Harvest Bread, but I prefer to call it “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf” because I like knowing EXACTLY what’s in things. Ha. This year, I am going to carry on the tradition with my own kids and their teachers. Something is so special about childhood traditions…I hope my kids have great memories like I do about them.

Do you have any traditional teacher gifts from your childhood that you have passed on to your kids?

So let’s get right to it:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf

1 3/4 C Flour

1 tea baking soda

1 tea cinnamon

1/4 tea ground cloves

1/4 tea ginger

1/4 tea nutmeg

1/2 tea salt

1/4 C. unsalted butter

1 C. Sugar

2 eggs

3/4 C. canned pumpkin

3/4 C. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

3/4 C. nuts {optional, I leave that out}


1/2 C. powdered sugar

1/8 tea nutmeg

1/8 tea cinnamon

Whipping cream {or half and half}

To make the bread part of the loaf, sift ALL of the dry ingredients together in separate bowl {flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves, ginger, nutmeg, salt}.

In a standing mixer, or separate bowl than the dry ingredients, creme together the butter, sugar and eggs

Add the pumpkin….

and then add in the sifted dry ingredients

Then add the chocolate chips, sorry no picture of that….mix well and pour into three mini loaf pans, or two regular loaf pans. I experimented with how high you fill the batter up and I came to conclusions that the middle pan was the best, so about 1/2 from the top.

Bake at 350 until knife comes out clean, approx 40 mins. While the loaves are baking, make the glaze for the tops. Sift the powdered sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and enough cream to make liquid, but not too runny…..

And then chop up some walnuts to sprinkle on top

Once the loaves are done, set on a cooling rack and let cool. Drizzle the glaze on top and add the chopped nuts. Don’t be afraid to add a lot of glaze, it tastes soooo good!!

And let me tell you, it’s SUPER YUMMY when warm. My kids went through one entire loaf in just about 10 mins. It’s that good!

Ok, so I told you these would be gifts, right? Well, here’s how my mom always packaged them…Wrap them tightly with saran wrap.

And then wrap again with cello wrap and tie with a fun ribbon.

{the bread will keep fresh for at least two days, maybe three. You could also freeze them, although I have never tried this…this bread doesn’t stick around long in our house. :) }

I love to give food gifts wrapped like this. It’s so special to see the recipient’s face light up. I especially love adding fun little tags with a description.

Have I told you lately how amazing Brooke, my graphic designer is? She is AWESOME!! Have you visited her website? You must! Click HERE. I emailed her a couple days ago asking her if she could whip something up for you all and she came up with these DARLING tags. I printed them out on card stock and used the best printing setting so they turn out bright. I made a little slit on the top of mine because my ribbon is really big, but if you are using a smaller ribbon, you could just hole punch!

To download the tags, just click on the picture below.

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4 thoughts on “Together In The Kitchen: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf

  1. 1
    Nonny says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I can’t wait to try it!

  2. 2
    Ashley says:

    Such sweet little gifts! I love that idea for teachers :) My recipe for this is so similar and we love love love it! I’m sad I couldn’t get it ready to share in time… Hopefully next link up!

  3. 3
    Leah West says:

    I was just thinking that I needed a few new dessert recipes. Will be making this! :)

    Love you!

  4. 4

    Wow ~ I have NO doubts your kids went through a loaf that fast! This looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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