Basic Pumpkin Bread With Vanilla Glaze

Put on your leggings, Ugg boots and off the shoulder sweater, and let’s bake some Pumpkin Bread! Sometimes you just have to embrace the basic b**** that we all have deep down inside, and indulge in some fun fall activities!

Trader Joe’s has an amazing Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix, that we are going to add a very simple vanilla glaze to. To answer your question; no I did not make everything from scratch. Here’s the deal. There really isn’t a need to do it all from scratch. Cake and muffin mixes are perfectly acceptable and a great time saver! The most important thing  in baking (in my opinion), is timing. Don’t under cook, don’t over cook. Seems simple, but just one minute too long could ruin your baked good. And always cool on a cooling rack.

This bread could not be more simple. The whole recipe is 7 ingredients….and one of them is water! Does that even count as an ingredient?!

Pumpkin Bread 

Time: 1 hour




1 Package of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix

2 Large Eggs

1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil

1 Cup of Water




Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×5 pan (I prefer glass). Pour the wet ingredients in a medium bowl.  Fold in the dry mix with a rubber spatula. Mix for about a minute or two. Pour into the pan.

Tap the pan a few times  on the counter, to release any air bubbles and make sure it is level. Place in the center of the top oven rack. Bake for 55-60 minutes.

*Tip: Since every oven is different, the sure fire test, is to put a toothpick in the middle and on each side. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is ready to take out.

This bread would go wonderful with a nice glass of sparkling wine or a Pinot Noir. So pour yourself a glass and relax for about 30 minutes while the house fills with the delicious smell of basicness. After 30 minutes or so, you should prepare the glaze.

Vanilla Glaze

Time: 5 minutes




1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

6 Tbsp Heavy Cream

1 Tsp Pure Valilla Extract



Mix all of the ingredients together until smooth. This should make plenty of glaze to cover all of the bread!

Once the bread is done baking, immediately transfer from the oven to the cooling rack. Cool for 15 minutes.

Once cooled, take a thin metal spatula or cake knife, and go around the edges of the bread. Gently turn the bread upside down onto your hand and place on a serving plate. Now drizzle the glaze over the bread.

Let the glaze cool before slicing. Serve with a glass of that wine you were enjoying…if there is any left. Shoot, you could even have this for breakfast with a #PSL, and be the most basic!


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