Brown Butter Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

by Kelli on September 23, 2013

Start your week on the right foot with Brown Butter Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread.

Step up your pumpkin bread game with Brown Butter Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread! | #pumpkin #baking

You know how they say breakfast is the most important meal, and how it sets the tone for the rest of your day.  I don’t know about you, but I certainly believe it.  I also think that how Monday plays out sort of sets the tone for the rest of the week.  So, that’s why I’m starting the week with Brown Butter Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread!

Step up your pumpkin bread game with Brown Butter Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread! | #pumpkin #baking

I am really, truly trying so hard to pace myself with the pumpkin.  It’s been far from easy.  And of course, Pinterest doesn’t exactly make it any easier.

I just keep telling myself – Kelli, this is a marathon, not a 5k.  Sure, you’re feeling really great at mile 2, and I know you want to run hard now, but you’ve got over 24 miles ahead of you.  That’s a lot of ground to cover.  You have no idea  how you’re gonna feel at mile 20.  So, play it safe, keep it steady and easy now.  If you still feel this great at mile 24, then you can go crazy and run like the wind.

Step up your pumpkin bread game with Brown Butter Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread! | #pumpkin #baking

I love making brown butter.  It fills the kitchen with a nutty aroma that I just cannot get enough of.

Another aroma I simply cannot seem to get enough of right now- pumpkin!

A brown butter-pumpkin quick bread combination seemed like a no brainer!  Add mini chocolate chips, and you’ve got yourself a fall powerhouse.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter & flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan and set aside.

In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. As the butter melts it will begin to foam, turn golden and eventually give off a nutty aroma and start to turn brown. Stir frequently. From the time the butter begins to brown, it should cook for just under a minute. Remove the pan from the heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together the brown butter and sugar, until fluffy. Add the eggs and mix until smooth. Stir in the pumpkin, milk and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a cake tester/toothpick comes out clean.

Remove bread from the pan and let it fully cool on a wire rack.

Step up your pumpkin bread game with Brown Butter Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread! | #pumpkin #baking


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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Tieghan September 23, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Mmm! I could go for a slice of this right now! Looks awesome!


Kelli September 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Thank, Tieghan!


Amy @ Elephant Eats September 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM

I’ve only added brown butter to a recipe once but I really need to do it again. That flavor and aroma it has are just amazing…i can only imagine how delicious this bread must be!!


Kelli September 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Yes…you do need to use brown butter again, and soon :) Dewwww it!


Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats September 23, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Brown butter? Okay! Love it!


Kelli September 23, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Brown butter makes everything better!


Julia September 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

haha! I love your comparison of pumpkin season so a marathon, not a 5k ;) When it comes to delicious food, I tend to take the “pace yourself shmace yourself route” which is never a good thing. Coming out of the box too early or quickly always results in mid-season burnout, but gah! Pumpkin’s so wonderful! Your bread is craaaaazy and delicious looking, my dear! Ultimately, the perfect way to start the week!


Kelli September 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Thanks, lovely! It’s totally not fun when Thanksgiving rolls around and you’re beyond sick of all things pumpkin. So, the lesson was learned and hopefully I’ll never encounter a repeat of that again.


Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain September 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Brown butter and pumpkin? Could life get any better?!! This looks amazing, Kelli!


Kelli September 23, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Ummm, it’s unlikely. Brown butter & pumpkin for life!


Elizabeth September 23, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Just this morning I felt the first rumblings of the fall baking bug and this delicious looking bread seems like the perfect place to start!


Kelli September 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I love the beginning of fall baking! You’re going to love this bread, Elizabeth!


ashley - baker by nature September 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Yes! And YUUUUUUM. Brown butter and pumpkin are soul mates.


Kelli September 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

And this is precisely why we’re friends!


Laura @GnotP September 23, 2013 at 5:11 PM

One cool variation on this – you can melt the chocolate chips and mix them in with about 3/4 cup of the pumpkin batter. Then you can swirl the chocolate batter in w/ the base batter and get a pumpkin chocolate swirl bread. I will be doing a quick blog post on this coming up – maybe I’ll try using your recipe as a base instead of my typical one!


Kelli September 23, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Laura…I LOVE where your head is at! Marvelous idea! I’m definitely going to try this with the next batch of this bread.


Zainab @ Blahnik Baker September 23, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Girl you have two of my favorite in one!!! brown butter and pumpkin. And I agree with you…having this in the morning will definitely set the tone of the day.


Kelli September 23, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Best flavors of fall right here!


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious September 24, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Cut me up a slice right now please!! I’m loving this loaf :)


Kelli September 24, 2013 at 3:46 PM

On its way! Thanks, Gerry!


Shashi @ September 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

I think my week would be off to a great start if a loaf of this scrumptious bread were to magically land on my doorstep…wink wink…hint…hint :)
Seriously – this sounds AMAHZING! The smells the flavors – gawwsh!


Kelli September 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I so wish I could share this with you, Shashi! This bread is begging to you to bake it :)


Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction September 24, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Oh, I would love how my house would smell with a loaf of this bread in the oven! Love the pumpkin and brown butter combo!


Kelli September 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Thanks, Jessica!


Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch September 24, 2013 at 1:22 PM

This looks delicious!!! Perfect with those chocolate chips!!!


Kelli September 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Thanks, Robyn! I’m a recent convert to combining pumpkin and chocolate…love it!


Consuelo @ Honey & Figs September 24, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Brown butter + chocolate chips?? You’re making my mouth water this looks beyond amazing! I could do with a few slices of it right now ;-)


Kelli September 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Thanks, Consuelo!


Sarah | The Sugar Hit September 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Now that would be starting my week right!! Browned butter and pumpkin are made for each other.


Kelli September 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Brown butter + pumpkin = BFF’s!!


Joanne September 25, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Well you know i LOVE the marathon analogy! And yes that is a pretty accurate description of fall foods! Negative splits all the way. Although…I am so making this this weekend and no one can stop me.


Kelli September 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Haha…I thought you’d appreciate that :)


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