Wed. Sep 30th, 2020

Pumpkin Seed and Turmeric Beer Bread is a golden taste of home

Don’t worry, you can’t get drunk on beer bread! Even children can eat it as the alcohol cooks away as it bakes, leaving only a yummy, yeasty flavour.

pumpkin seed and turmeric beer bread is a golden taste of home - Pumpkin Seed and Turmeric Beer Bread is a golden taste of home

Beer bread is one of those iconic South Africa braai side dishes that is so easy to make and so delicious to eat.

Whereas most loaves of bread need yeast, the beer in this bread replaces the yeast as the raising agent.

This means that you do not have to leave the bread to “prove” or rise. This makes beer bread a great recipe for when you are camping or don’t want the hassle of using yeast.

And, don’t worry, you can’t get drunk on this bread. Even children can eat it as the alcohol will cook away as it bakes, leaving only the yeasty flavour.

There’s little better than a slice of freshly baked bread. Its hearty, full of flavour and can be enjoyed on its own as a snack smothered in butter, as a sandwich or dunked into hot soup on a cold winter night.

The turmeric in this recipe gives it a beautiful golden colour and the pumpkin seeds add texture. It’s as good to look at as it is to eat!

Pumpkin Seed and Turmeric Beer Bread

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Recipe by Christine Burger Course: Snacks, SidesCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Moderate

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It’s tasty and has some great health benefits not to mention a must try at home.


  • 500 g plain cake flour

  • 250 ml beer (my personal preference is Black Label!)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (add more if you like a stronger colour and flavour)

  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds (roughly chopped)

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

  • 2-3 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)


  • Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Add beer slowly to the dry mix. If the dough is too runny, add more flour.
  • Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  • Cover the dough and allow to rest in a warm area for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Use cooking spray to spray a bread pan. Skipping this step will result in disappointment and frustration, as you won’t be able to get the loaf out of the pan easily.
  • Once the dough has rested, add to the bread tin. Brush the top of the dough with oil and dust with sesame seeds and a few whole pumpkin seeds.
  • Bake for 45 to 55 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, serve and enjoy it!

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Want to try another beer bread recipe?, Look no further! See the recipe for a mouth watering spinach and onion beer bread right here.

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