Go for Cream Cheese in Your Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Illustration by Olivia Havre | Photographer

By Avery Ballmann | Personal editor

It’s finally fall, which means all things pumpkin. Whether you like it or not, pumpkin flavored foods have hit the stores before, so why not jump on the fall bandwagon and make yourself a loaf of pumpkin bread, but with a different twist.


First, take your favorite pumpkin bread mix. I got mine from Trader Joe’s. To spice up the boring pumpkin bread mix, we’re making a homemade cream cheese filling with just five simple ingredients.

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange or lemon zest

I was inspired to add this twist because every time fall comes around my grandma makes a cream cheese pumpkin roll. This is by far one of my favorite desserts she makes, and I had to put my own spin on it with my pumpkin bread.

To mix together

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, mix together the pumpkin bread and cream cheese filling in separate bowls. Before you start mixing, be sure to preheat your oven to what the mixture requires and spray your pan or line it with parchment paper.

Cover and Bake

Once all the ingredients are combined, fill the pan one-third full with the pumpkin bread mixture.

Then cover the pumpkin bread with the cream cheese filling, but keep some of this mixture for the final decoration. After placing the cream cheese filling, pour the remaining pumpkin bread on top.

To garnish, drizzle cream cheese mixture over top of bread.

wait and watch

While waiting for your bread to rise, play Halloween music, listen to a spooky podcast, watch your favorite fall movie, or just enjoy the aroma of pumpkin filling your home. Please note that all ovens are different, so set a timer with the shortest cooking time suggested by the mix.

Once the timer is off, stick a butter knife into the bread; if the knife comes out relatively clean, the bread is fully baked. Otherwise, put the bread back in the oven. Once the bread is baked, set aside and let cool completely. This will help set the cream cheese and make slicing easier.

Now that the pumpkin bread is cold, it’s time to dig in. I love the tangy cream cheese mixture swirling between the layers of the hot and spicy pumpkin bread.

This sweetness gives the impression that it really is autumn, despite the temperature outside. To enjoy this dessert throughout the week, keep your bread in an airtight container.


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