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Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread

Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread is a cozy addition to any holiday meal. This Pumpkin Bread Recipe even makes wonderful edible gifts this season!

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I like a good challenge.

That’s why I married Lt. Dan. Wait, I mean… Never mind.

What I meant to say was that’s why I love baking. It gives me a chance to experiment and try new flavor combinations that are unexpected.

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McCormick understands the exhilaration of a good challenge.

This year McCormick Gourmet is hosting a festive Go 4 Gourmet Contest through the holidays, for all cooks alike. I’m entering a favorite pumpkin bread recipe, Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread.

The current challenge is to create something bold and new with:

  • Pumpkin
  • Sea Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • and Almonds

In order to create something truly unique, I combined pumpkin, cinnamon, and brown sugar with marcona almonds and McCormick Mediterranean Salt Salt, loaded with herbs and spices.

Then I nestled all these flavors in between tender folds of soft pull apart bread.

Making Pumpkin Bread Recipe that is a savory-sweet Pull Apart Bread! #ediblegifts #holidays #christmas #pumpkin

This sweet and strikingly savory combination, is a vibrant way to accentuate the essence of the pumpkin bread recipe.

The marcona almonds not only act as a crunchy little bonus between layers, they help keep the layers from fusing together while baking.

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I started with my moist yeasty pumpkin bread recipe. Then after the dough had time to rise, I rolled it out into two large rectangles, and sprinkled it with all the sweet and savory toppings.

Then I cut it into smaller pieces to layer in the bread pans.

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The layers rise and fill the bread pans, creating a sticky sweet and savory pull apart bread that could be served on any holiday table.

It also makes wonderful edible gifts! just find cute ceramic bread pans you want to include as a gift and bake away!

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I hope I win!

The prizes include a $1000 Gourmet Pantry Refresh Prize Package.

…But if I don’t win, I hope YOU do!

You still have time to enter McCormick’s Go 4 Gourmet Challenge. Link over to submit your creative recipe.

Pumpkin Bread Recipe that is a savory-sweet Pull Apart Bread! #ediblegifts #holidays #christmas #pumpkin

And there’s comfort in knowing, if neither of us win, we can at least enjoy a tender slice or two of this savory-sweet pumpkin bread recipe.

That’s a pretty good consolation prize.

Pumpkin Bread Recipe that is a savory-sweet Pull Apart Bread! #ediblegifts #holidays #christmas #pumpkin

Pumpkin Bread Recipe - Sweet and Savory Pull Apart Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Prep Time: 20 minutes active time (+ thaw and rise time)

Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 1/2 tsp. dry active yeast (1 packet)
  • 2/3 cup warm water (1/2 cup if using homemade pumpkin puree)
  • 3 Tb. sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups Gold Medal Bread flour
  • 12 Tb. melted butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tb. McCormick Mediterranean Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp. McCormick Saigon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped Marcona Almonds


  1. Using an electric mixer with a bread hook, place the warm water (just barely over luke-warm, too hot will kill the yeast) and sugar in the mixing bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it foam for 10 minutes.
  2. Then turn on the mixer and add the pumpkin puree, egg and salt. Slowly add the flour. Once all the flour is in the bowl, add 4 tablespoons of melted butter. "Knead" the dough with the bread hook for 5-8 minutes.
  3. The dough will be smooth, but very tacky. Oil the mixer bowl, then cover with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise in the bowl for 2 hours. Mix the brown sugar, Mediterranean sea salt, cinnamon, and chopped marcona almonds in a separate bowl and set aside.
  4. Grease two standard 9 X 5 inch bread pans. Dump the dough out on a floured work surface, and cut into two equal pieces. Move one aside and roll the other piece out into a large rectangle, 12 x 15 inches in size. Liberally brush the dough with 4 tb. melted butter, then sprinkle half of the nut mixture over the dough.
  5. Use a large knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into 12 equal pieces. then stack the pieces and arrange loosely in the bread pan. Gathering any toppings that fell out and sprinkle over the top. Repeat with the remaining dough, butter, and nut mixture.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and allow the pull apart bread loaves to rise for at least 45 minutes. Then bake for 30 minutes, until brown and crispy on top. Cool in the pans for at least 10 minutes, before dumping out.


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Disclosure: This post in sponsored by McCormick Spices. All opinions are my own.

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27 Responses to “Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread”

  1. Jenny Flakeposted December 9, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Talk about a gorgeous bread! Love that it’s pull apart! Fun!


  2. Mariaposted December 9, 2013 at 7:30 am

    I am loving everything about this bread!


  3. Marian (Sweetopia)posted December 9, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Sommer, what a gorgeous recipe! I love the unique flavour combinations!


  4. Tieghanposted December 9, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Sommer, this is incredible!! I love the sweet and savory flavors and with pumpkin too! :)


  5. Miqueposted December 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Yum this looks beautiful! I can’t wait to try it.


  6. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted December 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

    This looks lovely and I thinks its smiling at me. :)


  7. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted December 9, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Gorgeous Sommer – love the rich orange color from the pumpkin and how fun – a pull apart bread!


  8. Christine @ Cooking with Cakesposted December 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

    this looks incredible Sommer!!! what a great treat for the holiday season, I love this!


  9. marlaposted December 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Mmmmmm! Want this ASAP!


  10. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted December 9, 2013 at 11:33 am

    OH MY WORD!!!! This is simply brilliant, Sommer!


  11. Julie @ Table for Twoposted December 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Omg, I love what you did with the ingredients! I’m participating in this challenge and my post goes up on Wednesday and I was so stumped with the sea salt and pumpkin – I love your sweet/salty addition!


  12. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted December 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    This bread sounds fabulous!


  13. DessertForTwoposted December 9, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    So stunning! I could eat this layer by layer all by myself in my kitchen ;)


  14. Heather Christoposted December 9, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I am so intrigued by the combo of flavors Sommer- looks amazing!


  15. Amy (Savory Moments)posted December 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Oh wow – this looks so, so yummy! I love the flavors!


  16. Aimeeposted December 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Fantastic!! Love spices with my breakfast.


  17. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted December 10, 2013 at 8:58 am

    That is completely gorgeous. ♥


  18. Shainaposted December 10, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    This turned out just lovely.


  19. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted December 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    This is pull-apart perfection!


  20. Julia | JuliasAlbum.composted December 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I love pumpkin recipes, and this is one of the best looking I’ve seen in a while! Love everything about this recipe – cinnamon, brown sugar, almonds, and, of course, pumpkin!


  21. Laura Dembowskiposted December 14, 2013 at 7:45 am

    This looks awesome and all the flavors sound wonderful together! Marcona almonds are such a yummy treat!


  22. Nutmeg Nannyposted December 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    This looks so so tempting, I cannot wait to make this myself! I bet it tastes perfect :)


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