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This Savory Pumpkin Bread is filled with pumpkin puree and fresh herbs.  It's perfect for stuffing, or serving in a basket for Thanksgiving dinner.
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Savory Pumpkin Bread

Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Bernadette Martin


  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • pinch black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 ounce instant yeast (2 packages)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie puree)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Combine all the chopped herbs and black pepper in a small bowl, set aside. Beat the eggs in another small bowl and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar, and warm water; stir and set aside for about 5 minutes, or until bubbly.
  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl, combine the flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt; stir to combine.
  • In a microwave safe liquid measuring cup add the milk, melted butter, and cream cheese. Microwave for about 30 second or until the cream cheese is melted when stirred well.
  • Add the proofed yeast, milk mixture, eggs, pumpkin, and herbs to the flour mixture. Stir until completely combined, then turn out onto a clean, lightly floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes or use the dough hook on a stand mixer, adding additional flour if the dough is sticky. Cover the bowl and let stand in a warm area for about 1 hour or until the dough is doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two loaf pans with butter all around the bottoms and sides. Divide the dough in half and press into the pans.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until the loaves sound hollow when you tap on them or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature. Bread slices can be reheated in the microwave on HIGH for 20 seconds.


Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2660IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2.3mg