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This glaze for pumpkin bread takes this tasty loaf over the top! Try it with this simple maple or vanilla icing.

Pumpkin Bread Glaze

Looking for a glaze for pumpkin bread? This recipe is the best way to take your loaf to the next level! This delicious maple glaze has a sweet, nuanced flavor and sets up beautifully. It’s ideal for drizzling over any type of quick bread and it comes together quickly. In just 5 minutes, you’ve got a thick, bakery-style glaze.

Ingredients for this glaze for pumpkin bread

What’s the best glaze for pumpkin bread? We think this easy maple glaze takes the cake, with just a few ingredients and a quick prep time. It also sets nicely at room temperature so it stays solid instead of becoming sticky like other glazes. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Salt
  • Maple extract or vanilla extract
  • Milk of choice
Pumpkin Bread Glaze

The secrets to this glaze

There are a few secrets to the flavor and texture in this pumpkin bread glaze: maple extract and butter. In addition, it’s important to drizzle the glaze with a fork versus a spoon.

  • Maple extract is a flavoring made from steeping maple syrup in a neutral syrup, like vodka or grain alcohol, for weeks to extract the flavor. It offers a much stronger maple flavor than the syrup itself. It’s the same idea as using vanilla extract instead of a vanilla bean.
  • Butter used in this pumpkin bread glaze allows it to set as solid at room temperature. Other types of glazes can become sticky at room temperature storage (especially this cream cheese glaze), but this maple glaze sets beautifully.
  • Use a fork to drizzle the glaze across the bread. This gets a much better drizzle consistency than a spoon, which makes very large lines.

Storage info

Allow approximately 20 minutes for the glaze to dry. The glazed bread stores up to 5 days at room temperature (without getting sticky!) or for best results, store refrigerated up to 10 days. 

Glaze for pumpkin bread

Variations on pumpkin bread glaze

There are a few other options for a glaze for pumpkin bread. Here are a few other options:

More pumpkin bread recipes for glaze

This 1- Bowl Pumpkin Bread recipe is our pick for this glaze. But you can use it on many different types of pumpkin bread! Here are a few ideas:

This glaze for pumpkin bread recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, use vegan butter and non-dairy milk.

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Pumpkin Bread Glaze

Pumpkin Bread Glaze


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Enough for 1 loaf or 12 muffins 1x

Description

This glaze for pumpkin bread takes this tasty loaf over the top! Try it with this simple maple or vanilla icing.


Ingredients

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For the maple glaze (or use Vanilla Glaze or Cream Cheese Glaze)

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter, salted or unsalted (or vegan butter, or omit*)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 3 drops maple extract (or ½ teaspoon vanilla)
  • 1 tablespoon milk of choice, plus more if needed

For the pumpkin bread


Instructions

  1. Make the Pumpkin Bread.
  2. When the pumpkin bread is fully cooled to room temperature, heat the butter and maple syrup in a small saucepan until the butter melts. In a medium bowl, slowly whisk the powdered sugar, butter and maple syrup, salt and maple extract (or vanilla) until a thick glaze forms. Gradually add the milk to make a smooth, pourable glaze. If the glaze is too sticky, add a teaspoon more milk until it comes to a smooth, thick consistency. (If desired, you can add more maple extract to taste.)
  3. Use a fork to drizzle across the bread. Allow approximately 20 minutes for the glaze to dry. The glazed bread stores up to 5 days at room temperature (without getting sticky!) or for best results, store refrigerated up to 10 days.

Notes

*The butter is crucial for having a glaze that stays solid during storage and doesn’t become sticky. If you choose to omit it, adjust the milk quantity accordingly and store refrigerated for best results.

  • Category: Baked
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Baked
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Glaze for pumpkin bread, pumpkin bread glaze

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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