America's Test Kitchen
The test cooks wanted a pumpkin bread that not only was gluten-free but also had just the right texture—not too dense, not too cakey. After adding the flour blend and leaveners to the pumpkin puree mixture, they continued stirring for a full minute to ensure the flour was thoroughly incorporated. Stirring this long also guaranteed the batter was properly aerated, giving the bread a good rise. This wetter batter did not need to rest to hydrate the flour; the extra moisture plus the longer baking time prevented any grittiness. If you use a 9x5-inch loaf pan, start checking for doneness 5 minutes earlier than advised in the gluten-free recipe. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread is best eaten on the day it’s baked but this bread can be cooled, immediately wrapped in plastic wrap, and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days. To serve, warm it in a 300°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes.