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Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread with Garlic & Sage

Pumpkin bread doesn’t have to be sweet. This Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread with Garlic & Sage is a super-savory and super-tasty treat that would be right at home on your holiday table.

pumpin garlic sage pull apart bread

I was in the mood to do something savory rather than sweet since I do so many sweet recipes.

I happened to have some pumpkin puree left over in the fridge from making pumpkin ganache filling for my Gingerbread Cookies. So, pumpkin it would be.

I think winter squash and sage are just natural flavor partners. They go together like tomatoes & basil or chocolate & orange.

When we get winter squash in our farm share I always make squash lasagna with lots of sage, garlic & Parmesan cheese. Another favorite is butternut squash risotto with, you guessed it, lots of sage & Parmesan cheese.

So as soon as I decided to go savory with the pumpkin bread I’d already decided on the flavor profile.

This bread is soft and luscious with a bold flavor from the garlicky sage pesto. I love it!

Scroll through the step by step photos to see how to make Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread:

ingredients for sage pesto in a food processor
Combine the cheese, garlic and sage in a food processor to make the pesto.
strips of pumpkin dough covered with sage pesto
Spread the pesto onto the dough and cut into 4″ strips. Cut the strips into squares.
a hand stacking squares of pumpkin bread into a loaf pan
Line the squares into the parchment lines loaf pan
two loaves of pumpkin bread, before and after rising
The bread should almost fill the pan when it’s done rising.
a hand pulling a slice of bread from pumpkin pull apart loaf
two slices of pumpkin pull apart bread on a plate

For a slightly spicy treat, try this Bacon & Pepper Jack Pull Apart Bread!

If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.

a hand pulling a slice of bread from pumpkin pull apart loaf

Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread with Garlic & Sage

Yield: 16 slices
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Bake Time: 45 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Savory pumpkin bread layered with a garlicky sage filling. Simply "pull apart" the layers of bread to enjoy this delicious bread.


  • 1/4 (2 oz, 60ml) cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz, 170g) canned pumpkin puree, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz, 170g) full fat Greek yogurt, room temperature
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons, 7g) dry yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons honey (1 1/2 oz, 42g)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups (17.5 oz, 490g) all purpose flour


  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup (2 large sprigs) fresh sage leaves
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (1.5 oz, 40g) grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Combine the water, pumpkin and yogurt in a microwave safe bowl. Warm in the microwave for 30 second increments until the mixture is about 100°F, or slightly warmer than body temperature. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the yeast, honey, egg and salt. Mix on low speed to combine.
  2. Add 1 cup of flour and mix to form a thick batter. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Knead on medium-low speed until the dough is elastic, but still soft, about 10 minutes. The dough will cling to the hook and clear the sides of the bowl.
  3. (If mixing by hand add flour until you can no longer stir with a spoon then turn the dough onto a floured surface and continue kneading.)
  4. Transfer to an oiled bowl, turn 1x to coat the dough. Cover the bowl and allow the bread to rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Brush a 9"x 5" loaf pan with olive oil. Line the pan with a strip of parchment paper then brush the paper with more olive oil.

Make the filling

  1. Combine the garlic, sage, olive and cheese in a food processor. Process until it forms a thick paste

Assemble & Bake

  1. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll to a 16"x 16" square. If the dough starts pulling back let it rest for 5 minutes then continue rolling. Spread the filling over the dough. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut the rectangle into four 4" strips. Stack the strips, filling side up. Cut the stacked strips into 4 equal squares.
  2. Arrange the stacks, standing up, in the pan, make sure a plain dough side (without the filling) is facing each end of the pan (see note). Cover the pan and let the dough rise for 1 hour, it should fill the pan.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the bread until it's well puffed and golden brown, and the temperature in the middle of the bread is 190°F-200°F, about 45 minutes.
  4. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then use the parchment to lift the bread from the pan.
  5. Serve warm.


To work ahead you can make the bread up to this point, cover the pan and refrigerate overnight. Proceed with rising and baking the next day.

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sneha datar

Monday 20th of November 2017

I have still not made a pumpkin bread and your bread is so flavorful and perfect now I must try this soon.

Eileen Gray

Monday 20th of November 2017

Thanks, Sneha!

sharanya palanisshami

Friday 17th of November 2017

Wonderful bread Eileen with pumpkin, the colour was so tempting......

Eileen Gray

Friday 17th of November 2017

Thanks, Shranya! I love the color too. It's pretty with the orange bread and the green flecks of sage.

Mayuri Patel

Friday 17th of November 2017

Love the colour of the pull apart pumpkin bread... perfectly baked. Never used sage for baking... have to try it.

Eileen Gray

Friday 17th of November 2017

Hi Mayuri. I love baking with sage. It's got such an assertive flavor it really holds up in baking.


Friday 17th of November 2017

Hello Eileen, Your bread is awesome. Such fantastic flavours and perfectly baked bread. I loved the filling. Bookmarked for sure :)

Eileen Gray

Friday 17th of November 2017

Thanks, Namita!


Thursday 16th of November 2017

Wow, Eileen! I love the bread! It looks soft and sounds flavourful.

Eileen Gray

Thursday 16th of November 2017


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