FavoriteSon has been begging/nagging for days and Sunday night, FirstHusband finally made the long awaited jack-o-bread. It’s pumpkin bread made from our jack-o-lanterns.

First, PinkGirl scooped pumpkin guts on Halloween. (If you carve your jack-o-lanterns too early, you may want to use canned pumpkin.)


Then, the pumpkin gut fairy cleaned up.


FirstHusband/BestDaddy cut up the jack-o-lanterns the next day. (You’ve got to move fast on this, the inside of the second pumpkin started to rot the next day.)


Poor “Jack” was boiled like potatoes. [UPDATE: We now bake him at 350° until he’s tender.]


My copy of “The Tightwad Gazette” was opened to the wrinkliest page – the one with the highlighted pumpkin bread recipe.


FirstHusband did the honors.


And it appears I’m too slow with the camera.


A number of years ago, I insanely – and I do mean INSANELY – made four batches of pumpkin bread – from FOUR different recipes. It took me ALL day and I forgot to wear shoes, so my back and legs and feet were KILLING me when the last oven timer went off. But at the end of the day, the taste tests revealed the winner was a recipe from “The Tightwad Gazette” by Amy Dacyczyn (pronounced “decision”). The recipe is in the original book, page 127. There’s a The Tightwad Gazette II and a The Tightwad Gazette III. Now there’s even The Complete Tightwad Gazette

For a print friendly version in PDF, CLICK HERE.

Jack-O-Bread Ingredients

3 eggs
4 cups sugar (we use half brown sugar/half white sugar)*
1 cup oil
1 16oz can pumpkin (we use 16 oz of “Jack”)
5 cups flour (we use half wheat/half white flour)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1/2 Tbsp cloves or nutmeg
1 cup applesauce (we use sugar-free)

You can add:
1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup dates or raisins

*I’ve also made this with DiabetiSweet Sugar Substitute. They make DiabetiSweet Brown Sugar Substitute too!

Beat eggs.
Mix in sugar.
Mix in oil and pumpkin.
Combine dry ingredients and add to moist batter.
Mix in applesauce, nuts and raisins.

Grease and flour five 1 lb coffee cans. Fill with batter over 1/2 full.
(We use regular loaf pans.)

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

8 thoughts on “jack-o-bread

  1. Wow, I am so impressed with anyone who doesn’t just use “the can”. Thanks for the great instruction for us who are unfamiliar with the real term “homemade”! So glad you are participating in TMTT. Keep coming back. We are going to have a great giveaway in December!

  2. It’s tasty but I need some advice- the whole thing rose early, fell, and didn’t quite recover. And it got seriously brown before becoming delicious. Thoughts? My oven is a little wacky, but I don’t think that’s it. Also I only own 1 loaf pan so the rest went into muffin pans. Those I put in with the loaf at 30 min and they seem ok.

    Thanks for posting the recipe! We got 10 cups of pumpkin out of my son’s this year and I’m in the market for tasty ways to use it up.

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