Praline Pumpkin Bread

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The Praline Sauce on this Praline Pumpkin Bread is what puts it over the top!

Fall has to be one of my favorite times of the year.  The heat fades and the crisp mornings arrive.  Leaves change color.  It seems like everything just calms down from the craziness of summer.  And with that change in season comes a change in food, too.  Well, at least at our house.  Hearty stick-to-your-ribs soups and stews take over for the lighter meals and crisp salads of the warmer months.  Flavors like pumpkin, apple, and spice make their annual appearance.  And people lose their minds… you know what I’m talking about.  Everything becomes pumpkin spice flavored.  And I do mean EVERYTHING!  πŸ™‚

The Praline Sauce on this Praline Pumpkin Bread is what puts it over the top!

And while I poke fun, I honestly can not wait for y’all to make this Pumpkin Bread.  It’s seriously the best Pumpkin bread that I’ve ever had and… Dare I say it… I’m not a big pumpkin fan.  Gasp!  I know.  And it’s Fall!  How dare I, right?  I mean, I don’t dislike it, there are just other things I like more.  But even with that, I could have eaten an entire loaf of this stuff.  And the bread is good, don’t get me wrong, but the bread with that sauce… holy guacamole!  As my sweet great grandmother would say, “It’s so good, it’ll make your tongue slap your brain out.”

The Praline Sauce on this Praline Pumpkin Bread is what puts it over the top!

I’m gonna need y’all to get on it and make this bread.  Like, seriously.  Your family and friends will thank you.  That is, of course, if you share it.  Which you probably won’t.  At least not the first loaf.  You’ll probably eat all that one by yourself.  Not that I’ve experienced that or anything…  πŸ™‚

The Praline Sauce on this Praline Pumpkin Bread is what puts it over the top!

The Praline Sauce on this Praline Pumpkin Bread is what puts it over the top!


Praline Pumpkin Bread
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
Servings: 2 loaves
Author: Stacey Little | Southern Bite
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) can real pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
For the sauce:
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat the oven to 350Β°F and lightly spray two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl with a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the shortening and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the pumpkin and water and mix well.
  2. In another bowl, use a whisk to mix together the flour, baking powered, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Be sure to test both loaves for doneness, not just one. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan. Top with the Praline Sauce.
  3. To make the Praline Sauce, combine the sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, and salt in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce comes to a rolling boil. Continue to cook for 1 minute, then remove from the heat and stir in the pecans. Allow to cool for 10 minute before pouring it over the warm (not hot) bread.

The Praline Sauce on this Praline Pumpkin Bread is what puts it over the top!

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  1. My daughter brought home from work some extra soft bananas. I think I might try the sauce recipe from this very yummy looking pumpkin bread on a loaf of banana bread. Actually, perhaps we can make banana bread and pumpkin bread!

  2. Did you poke a few holes in your loaves before pouring that sauce over the top?

  3. Oh my-that looks terrific, but what is up with the price of pecanss. One pound of shelled pecans at my local grocery was $18.99. I simply can’t do that budget wise. I looked at Aldi’s -a bag your own grocery, and even there 6.25 oz bag was $5.79. Just curious if they are that high elsewhere.

    • Nana, pecans are high in price everywhere! I just bought a small bag, and did not think to check Aldi’s prices.

    • Wow! That’s incredible! They’re expensive, no doubt, but I’m not sure I’ve seen them that high. Walnuts will work just fine as a substitute here.

  4. Think I will make this it sounds wonderful. I always keep pecans in my freezer.They are high in price.If you know someone whom has pecan trees and you don”t mind shelling them yourself you may get a better price.Thanks Stacy for sharing this recipe.

  5. Stacey English says:

    I can’t wait to make this recipe! I’m not a pumpkin fan either but this sounds divine!

  6. One can of pumpkin for 2 loaves of bread doesn’t make for a strong pumpkin taste.
    Could easily substitute sweet potatoes for this. I do interchangeably for pies.
    Pecans are expensive almost anywhere. Here in South GA Sam’s Club had a 2 pound bag of shelled pecan halves for about 14.00 last time I was in there. You could substitute walnuts too or do like I do and use 1/2 of each. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

  7. Does the sauce “set” after a bit, or does is stay liquid?

  8. Louise Sutton says:

    All of these recipes looks so delicious to me and, these recipes are easy to follow !!!!

  9. could i use oil instead of shortening. ?

  10. Stacie Durman says:

    Would the sauce hold if I canned it and then reheated it for use later? I want to gift this, but I’m afraid the sauce may end up staying too soft and get messy in the packaging.

  11. Can I use butter instead of shortening ?

  12. This pumpkin bread looks delicious! Great styling. I like the icing recipe too. I don’t usually see shorteningin quick breads or maybe I’m just not that diverse.

  13. Sauce sounds great,tried it stored in jar in fridge later sliced bread warm bread spoon a little sauce .very yummy

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