Pumpkin Sage Beer Bread

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This Pumpkin Sage Beer Bread features all the flavors of fall. It’s super easy to make and pairs well with soups and salads or is perfect on it’s own… 

This Pumpkin Sage Beer Bread features all the flavors of fall. It's super easy to make and pairs well with soups and salads or is perfect on it's own. | www.zagleft.com

If I were to ask you to guess what recipe my daughter asks me to make the most, I don’t believe you’d ever guess the answer correctly.

Probably your mind would go straight to desserts, as mine would.

Truth is, my 14 year old daughter absolutely loves my Beer Bread.  That sentence by itself makes me shake my head in wonder…

Really though, I can hardly blame her.  A warm thick piece of hearty, cheesy, delicious bread with a hefty amount of salted butter melting over the top isn’t such a bad thing.  It’s insanely delicious!

This Pumpkin Sage Beer Bread features all the flavors of fall. It's super easy to make and pairs well with soups and salads or is perfect on it's own. | www.zagleft.com

For some reason, I don’t make beer bread very often and for the life of me, can’t answer why.  It’s probably one of the easiest bread recipes there is.  The main ingredients are flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and beer.

This Pumpkin Sage Beer Bread features all the flavors of fall. It's super easy to make and pairs well with soups and salads or is perfect on it's own. | www.zagleft.com

I finally gave in to Colleen’s request but this time I added 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin, chopped sage and a cup of shredded cheddar cheese.  It just seemed right to add pumpkin since we’re entering Fall even though Houston temperatures are hovering in the mid-80’s. Why not make it seasonal?

If you’re worrying that the flavor of sage might be too strong, don’t be.  The sage flavor is extremely subtle.  It’s lovely, really.

This Pumpkin Sage Beer Bread features all the flavors of fall. It's super easy to make and pairs well with soups and salads or is perfect on it's own. | www.zagleft.com

I always use a dark amber beer when I make beer bread because of the deep, rich taste it provides.  A lighter beer won’t give as much flavor.  Although I didn’t use it, a pumpkin ale might be nice to try.

This bread isn’t sweet as most pumpkin breads tend to be.  It’s more of a savory bread that would go well with with a bowl of soup or chili and is especially nice to set out on a table to enjoy before a meal.

This Pumpkin Sage Beer Bread features all the flavors of fall. It's super easy to make and pairs well with soups and salads or is perfect on it's own. | www.zagleft.com
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Pumpkin Sage Beer Bread

This Pumpkin Sage Beer Bread features all the flavors of fall. It's super easy to make and pairs well with soups and salads or is perfect on it's own.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
1 min
Total Time1 hr
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keyword: bread, pumpkin
Servings: 1 loaf of bread
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces beer (preferably dark beer)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage , roughly chopped or torn (or sub 1/2 teaspoon dry sage)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese , shredded
  • 3 tablespoons butter , melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Stir in the beer, pumpkin, sage, and cheese.
  • Spoon batter into a greased 5 x 9 loaf pan.
  • Pour melted butter over the top.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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34 thoughts on “Pumpkin Sage Beer Bread”

  1. Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar

    Love this take on beer bread! The pumpkin and sage are such a great combination, I can imagine how delicious this is!

  2. Hi, would love to try this recipe but there’s 2 different measurements for the pumpkin: in your narrative you said 1/4 cup but in the recipe ingredient list it says 1/2 cup…which one did you try? Thx!

    1. Hi Kathy, Thank you so much for letting me know that different measurements are listed. The correct measurement is 1/2 cup canned pumpkin and I updated the recipe to reflect this. Have a great weekend.

  3. Steph @ Steph in Thyme

    5 stars
    I love this take on pumpkin bread. I prefer savory or sweet, so this is so up my alley. And I just got fresh sage from my CSA! Perfect!

  4. This looks so yummy! I’ve got plans to do some serious baking next week. gonna have to add this to the list!

  5. What a creative idea! I love the suggestion to pair your bread with chili or another fall stew – sounds perfect.

  6. Beer breads are so easy to whip up and there is nothing like the scent of freshly baked bread! I’m dreaming of making one with a pumpkin ale and enjoying it with a hot bowl of soup once the temps cool here!

    1. Beer bread is so easy, Lora. I’d love to know how you like the pumpkin ale taste, I bet it adds a rich flavor.

  7. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    Your beer bread sounds wonderful! I can see why it is your daughter’s favorite! Mine wouldn’t go for dessert either…her most requested recipe from me is my lemony kale salad. I make it every week and she eats it pretty much every single day all week. She never gets tired of it. But back to your bread…I’d love to try this. I love the taste of beer bread too!

    1. I bet your lemony kale salad is wonderful, Michelle. I’ll have to look for it on your blog. Thanks so much!

  8. Well, you know… autumn in Texas…. I went to an outdoor event this past weekend and wore a sweater and plaid scarf even though it was nearly 90….. because…. fall. 🙂 this looks fantastic though. Perfect with soup…cold weather or not.

    1. Thanks, Chandra. I love the addition of pumpkin – it brings a great flavor and gives the bread a great texture.

  9. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    This is a fantastic savory pumpkin bread!! Pumpkin and sage belong together in the season!

    1. There really is something wonderful about fresh baked bread. The aroma, the taste and it isn’t hard to make either. Thanks, Christie!

  10. This beer bread sounds wonderful. I love this idea. I bet it would be delicious made with a pumpkin ale. I like the idea of this bread being savory versus sweet. Yum!

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