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Pumpkin Swirl Bread

This combination of pumpkin, nuts and dates makes a delicious, golden pumpkin cream cheese bread. The surprise inside—a rich creamy swirl—is like a luscious layer of cheesecake in each slice. —Cindy May, Troy, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Additional chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour three 8x4-in. loaf pans. In a small bowl, beat filling ingredients until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, beat sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil and water until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, pie spice, soda, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and cloves; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture. Stir in walnuts, raisins and dates.
  • Pour half of the batter into prepared pans, dividing evenly. Spoon filling over batter. Cover filling completely with remaining batter.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in bread portion comes out clean, 65-70 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Wrap in foil; refrigerate until serving.
  • Just before serving, if desired, in a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over bread; sprinkle with walnuts.

Pumpkin Swirl Bread Tips

Can you freeze Pumpkin Swirl Bread?

Yes. Make sure the bread is completely cool before wrapping it up to freeze. You don't want to trap in any excess moisture from steam. When you’re certain it's cool, wrap it in plastic wrap (two layers doesn’t hurt!) or store in resealable plastic freezer bags. You can keep the unglazed bread in the freezer for two months. When you’re ready to eat, defrost it in the fridge until thawed.

How long does Pumpkin Swirl Bread last?

To keep this bread fresh, store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.

How do I make sure the middle is done before the outside burns?

It can be tricky to tell when quick breads with fillings are ready to come out of the oven. For best results, use a digital thermometer and take the loaf out between 200° and 205° degrees. Another trick is to cover the loaf for the last 20 minutes of baking with aluminum foil. This ensures the middle cooks while the top stays golden.

Can I make the cream cheese filling dairy-free or sugar-free?

To make the cream cheese filling dairy-free, use your favorite vegan or dairy-free cream cheese in the same weight amounts. You can also swap out the whole milk for your favorite non-dairy milk. For a bread with less sugar, use 3/4 cup Splenda (or a similar sugar alternative) and 2-1/4 cups regular sugar. For the filling, replace the sugar with 1/4 cup Splenda or another substitute.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 189 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Becki
    Mar 3, 2020

    Best bread i ever made! everyone loved it.

  • Zoilarb
    Oct 7, 2018

    No comment left

  • Barbara
    Nov 24, 2017

    This was a huge hit for Thanksgiving !!!! Thank you absolutely great......This from now on,will be a must..... Not just for holidays

  • Susan
    Sep 20, 2017

    I'm going to make this looks yummy

  • ryansaunt12
    Oct 25, 2016

    Pretty good. Looking for Thanksgiving breads and pies to try on my family. This one comes close to what I'm seeking, but I don't have long to get it right. This is at the top of the list; very good in taste, moist, presentation and yummy

  • Jenny
    Oct 24, 2016

    Yum! can't wait to try this!! This is another one of my favorite fall pumpkin recipes.

  • Linda CT
    Oct 23, 2016

    This pumpkin swirl bread is very Moist and delicious . My family loved it.

  • Gramma Amy
    Oct 6, 2016

    Taste is very good, however I used the pans recommended plus another small pan and it overflowed onto the bottom of my oven. I will experiment with larger bread pans next time, or add two more small pans. The cream cheese layer is thick and moist. Loved the added dates, nuts, and raisons. I omitted the frosting as it is sweet enough without.

  • _nlfPA
    Aug 16, 2016

    This recipe is superb. My family enjoys this year round but it is great for the holidays and my family always looks forward to it.

  • VictoriaElaine
    Nov 3, 2015

    I have made this bread numerous times & leave out the cloves as they overpower the taste. I also leave out the dates and sometimes leave out the walnuts. I've never made the topping. If you love cream cheese, you will love this bread. It freezes great!