We love autumn. I especially appreciate the warm sun, salty air and the aromas of  spicy pumpkin bread wafting from the kitchen at the inn. What could be better than enjoying it all from the porch overlooking the Atlantic ocean?

Here is the recipe for Claire’s Pumpkin Bread. Guests have returned to the Bass Rocks Ocean Inn in Gloucester, Massachusetts for 30 years to enjoy this easy to make autumn favorite.

Claire’s Pumpkin Bread


1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1.5 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
3.5 cups flour – all purpose
3 cups sugar
4 eggs unbeaten
2/3 cup water
1 cup salad oil
1 can pumpkin


Mix together until smooth… with no lumps.
Grease two loaf pans and level mixture in them.
Bake about 1 hour @ 350, until toothpick in center comes out clean.


This bread makes a great hostess or holiday gift. Bake in toss-away loaf pans and tie around a gold or orange ribbon.

If we were making Thanksgiving dinner this year we would add it to our harvest table. Can be made days early and stays moist. This bread also freezes well.

If you are heading to the Bass Rocks Ocean Inn for the fall season, our favorite time, they are open until October 31. info@bassrocksoceaninn.com

Bass Rocks Ocean Inn

107 Atlantic Road, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930 | 888-802-7666 (ROOM)