Pumpkin Pecan Pull-Apart Bread with Maple Bourbon Icing

I have been making savory pull-apart bread for a few months and love it.  After the first time making it, I thought about this Fall inspired version.  It was hard for me not to run out, grab a can of pumpkin puree and whip it up.  I am so glad that I waited as it fit into this week’s theme for Fall Fest, which is, pumpkins.  After making this recipe for Pumpkin Pecan Pull-Apart Bread with Maple Bourbon Icing, I cannot imagine life without it.


As you may recall, Lenny is not into having sweets around the house.  He loves them and that is the problem.  He was traveling last week and I knew he’d appreciate a “treat” when he got home, so I went to work on making this AMAZING pull-apart bread.  I thought it would be a sweet surprise while we were lulling around Saturday morning, catching up and drinking coffee.  It was!

When I was planning this recipe, I had a slew of ideas, besides making the brioche bread pumpkin flavored.  I thought about layering the layers with more pumpkin filling.  Pistachios, walnuts, macadamia nuts …. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves …. There were so many options;  but, then I decided to keep it simple.

Normally, I would make my own pumpkin puree, but was limited on time, so I did use canned pumpkin puree.  I flavored the dough with the pumpkin and added cardamom.  I love the warmth of cardamom and it is a great partner with pumpkin.  The filling was simple, toasted pecans, sugar and melted butter.  The dough is only lightly sweetened so a filling with sugar is perfect for this recipe.  The cream cheese icing was really the star of this bread.  We love maple.  We love bourbon.  And the two together with cream cheese and a little sugar is … heavenly.  I saved some of the icing and served it alongside the warm bread.  To die for!!!

Who are we kidding, this bread is so damn good, that it is more like dessert.  And who doesn’t like dessert for breakfast.  This recipe was inspired by Flo Braker, the creator of the original lemon pull-apart bread, which I have yet to make.

Happy Fall!

**  Be sure to visit the Food Network Fall Fest bloggers to see what other delicious pumpkin recipes you can make to welcome Fall.  Next week will be all about peppers!

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
And Love It Too: Vanilla Pumpkin Swirl Cake With Vanilla Palm Sugar Glaze
Haute Apple Pie: Creamy Pumpkin Penne With Italian Sausage
HGTV Gardens: Garden-to-Table: Pumpkins
From My Corner of Saratoga: Chocolate-Pumpkin Cake
Made By Michelle: Pumpkin Scones
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Roasted Pumpkin and Black Bean Stew With Chorizo and Pepitas
Devour: 5 Delicious Ways to Use Pumpkins After Carving
Virtually Homemade: Pumpkin Pancakes With Maple Cream and Candied Vanilla Pecans
The Heritage Cook: Gingery Pumpkin Mousse With Whipped Ginger Cream
Thursday Night Dinner: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie
Cooking With Books: Pumpkin-Bacon Brussels Sprouts
FN Dish: Primping Up Pumpkin



More Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Nutella Bread – Twos Peas & Their Pod

Ultimate Pumpkin Bread – Streaming Gourmet

Pumpkin Bread with Salted Caramel – A Kitchen Addiction

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake Bread – Culinary Concoctions by Peabody









  1. Beautiful! Fun doing Fall Fest with you!

  2. This is absolutely stunning, perfectly lit, perfectly shot, with the perfect props … just what I expect from you! I cannot wait to make this bread, just a gluten-free version, yikes!

  3. Mimi Denman says:

    My oldest daughter loves anything pumpkin. She’s in Nigeria this week so I sent it to her to remind her of home! This looks amazing. thanks for the post Mimi

  4. I have made that lemon pull apart bread–it is amazing, but this sounds perfect for fall. I love the color the pumpkin gives the dough, plus, bourbon and maple for the win!

  5. It is really good isn’t it? We have made a savory version as well … garlic, butter and parmesan. A great take on ordinary garlic bread. http://chezus.com/2012/05/09/cheesy-garlic-pull-apart-bread/

  6. Mimi, you don’t need to wait for her to whip this recipe up. It is amazingly easier then you think and not to mention … delicious.

  7. Ahhh Jane, you are always too kind!! Let us know how your gluten free version comes out!!

  8. My goodness, this sounds amazing. I’m going to have to make this sometime when my sister’s in town, because I know she’ll love this too!

  9. That is insanity in loaf form. So gorgeous and I love all those flavors!


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