This Pumpkin Beer Bread is made with pumpkin beer but no actual pumpkin! A great earthy fall bread without the overbearing flavor of pumpkin in every bite!
I accidentally bought a case of pumpkin beer………how does one ‘accidentally’ buy a case of beer you ask.
You become a victim of marketing!
The box is so pretty and it’s called Harvest Patch Shandy and it’s Leinenkugels, the makers of Summer Shandy!
But apparently it’s pumpkin flavor beer, of which I am not a fan! It rattled around in the back of my Explorer for quite some time, till one day my Mom was riding with me and asked what that sound was! And it hit me-I gave it to my Mom!
My Mom doesn’t drink but she can bake and cook like a magician! I made a family cookbook a few years ago and this was what I wrote as the ‘forward’ (doesn’t that sound professional):
Here it is – finally – our family cookbook: You Cook, I’ll Entertain
I call it that mostly for lack of a better term I don’t really expect it to be used as a cookbook but rather as the title implies some”entertainment” and tidbits about our family regarding food!
I do love to cook and I still hate to set the table, put ice in the glasses and do the dishes! I was hoping that one day the kids would do this for me – but keeping with tradition, if I ask Casey to do it she goes straight to Emi Lou or Cole and tells them I have asked them to set the table! I don’t specifically remember Mom teaching us how to cook but figure that is where I learned what I know! Mom is the only person I know that can take two small carrots, a potato and hunk of frozen meat and have a full meal for five grown (hungry) men in less than 30 minutes, and never fear there will be dessert – she could turn “one schribbled apple” into apple pie with on hand tied behind her back! She always says we are welcome for supper anytime -“but we arent’ having much”! I think Bunk says it best “Every meal at Grandmas is a huge Thanksgiving feast!”
I appreciate now how much work family dinners can be and how important they truly are! I am very lucky to have married into a family that knows that importance as well! I love getting together for meals – big meals, cookouts, pizza – the food is always different but the goal is the same – being together! Each of you are such awesome cooks we never leave any of your homes disappointed! I wanted to put this book together for several reasons – you each have special recipes that are uniquely yours – we can follow the recipe but they don’t taste quite the same as when you make it! I wanted them in your handwriting because I think it truly makes it yours and hopefully that our kids will look at it someday with the happy memories of family meals that I have!
My Mom rocks a kitchen so I knew if anyone could make Pumpkin Beer taste good it was her! And she didn’t fail, she made 3 amazing recipes and here is the first!
Pumpkin Beer Bread
We made this a couple of different times, once we kicked it up a notch by adding Pumpkin Pie Spice……..YUM!
Pumpkin Beer Bread
- 3 cups flour
- 4 1/2 tsp baking power
- 1/2 tsp salt1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbl molasses
- 1 12 oz. bottle of pumpkin beer
- 1/2 c chopped pecans toasted
- 1/4 c butter melted
- Optional: up to 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
- Toast your nuts!! Rough chop your pecans, or even walnuts, spread on cookie sheet and pop in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes! MAKE EXTRA, you will want them later, I promise!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
- In a bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, molasses and beer- mix throughly.
- Pour batter into greased loaf pan, pour melted butter on top and top with toasted nuts.
- Bake for 45-55 minutes until toothpick comes out of center clean.