Julie Potter’s Pumpkin Bread

I cannot claim to know Julie Potter, but I sure do know her Pumpkin Bread (although I am an authority on how lovely she is via email, since I wrote to ask her if I could post her recipe and got the most beautiful of replies – thanks again, Julie!).

I think we all have those food blog posts that we happen upon that snag us right away. For me, Julie Potter’s pumpkin bread was one of those posts. A recipe that snagged me, and I kept meaning to make. I even printed it three times with the intention of making it. No idea what happened, because here we are, a solid year after Maggy over at ThreeManyCooks posted the recipe, and I’m just now getting around to making it.

Guess what? Maggy never steers me wrong. This bread was worth. The. WAIT. It’s pillowy, pumpkiny, moist, and sweet. Everything you want in pumpkin bread on a cold Autumn morning.

I think of Autumn as our time, James’s and mine. We met in Autumn, I moved to the U.K to be with him in the Fall of 2003, and we married in the Autumn of 2005. When the first leaves start to fall, when there’s that first hint of crispness in the air, and the light starts to go a bit more grey: for me, it speaks of romance. Of walking in Hyde Park and seeing the Peter Pan fountain for the first time. (You know the one – it appears at the end of Hook. Robin Williams’ character wakes up at the base of it.) Of being proposed to at London’s Marble Arch. These are all the things that the crunch of leaves and the first sight of pumpkins brings to my mind and my heart. And so yes, I love Autumn more than any other time of year.

Because of this, I come alive in Autumn. I cook more (soups, stews, savory pies), I bake more (pumpkin empanadas, pumpkin bread, pumpkin french toast!), and darn it, I just love life more. This year’s Autumn has been filled with wonderful adventures: apple picking, soaking in our new hot tub in the dead of night with the trees and stars above us, and next weekend the arrival of a dear friend of ours from Vermont whom we don’t see very often.

She has a long drive from Vermont, a good seven hours. So, dear friends, I will make her Julie Potter’s pumpkin bread, and I will ready the tea kettle. I can’t wait to serve them both on a tray in front of our fireplace, where we’ll laugh and natter and have a wonderful time making new Autumn memories for me to cherish.

What’s your favorite season? Do you love Autumn (and pumpkin) as much as I do?

Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by Spice Islands.

P.S. If you’ve got a bunch of spare zucchini around, you might check out the Baking Barrister’s take on this pumpkin bread recipe.


  1. says

    happy sigh . . . i’m a sucker for a good love story and the bread looks lovely as well; i’m with you on a recommendation from Maggy – guess i’ll be making this bread very, very soon!

  2. says

    I love fall. I was married in October and I seem to awaken from some type of hibernation and start to bake like crazy once the weather gets cool.

    I will definitely make this bread. Thanks for the recipe and the great story.

  3. says

    John & I met in the Fall as well! Funny how the crisp air and brilliant leaves instantaneously bring back all of those fond memories and make them vibrant once again. I can’t wait to make this bread and have it as one of my many cherished Fall traditions! I thank you Amber, I’ll think of you & yours each time I do!

  4. says

    Amber – so very sweet. I love the romance and now will see Autumn a whole new way. And, now I’m going to go have to make some Pumpkin Bread ‘cos I’m drooling.

  5. says

    I just realized you weren’t on my blog roll on my site! My apologies! It’s silly, since I subscribe to you and count on you weekly for some Texan love, but I didn’t have you on my site. It’s fixed now! Yay! :)

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