Pumpkin Beer Bread

We’ve been all about beer lately. Apolinaras has recently gotten into home brewing and just proudly sealed 40 bottles of Oak-Aged Baltic Porter last night. It’s supposed to age for at least a month before it’s really ready, but I snuck a couple sips of the green stuff and am already impressed – it was really good. It’s very cute to see him be as passionate as me in the kitchen!

Having beer on the brain, I decided it would be fun to try making some pumpkin bread that featured both pumpkin puree and pumpkin beer, along with some pumpkin butter from Trader Joe’s. This pumpkin triple threat is definitely more savory than traditional pumpkin bread, but the golden raisins bring it all together with a slight touch of sweetness. The best part is that I only used a cup of beer in the recipe and got to enjoy the rest of the bottle while I was mixing the loaf up. I’m hoping next time I’ll be able to use one of Apolinaras’ brews in the recipe instead!

Pumpkin Beer Bread
Printable Recipe

1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup pumpkin butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup pumpkin beer
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup golden raisins

Heat oven to 350˚F. Place pumpkin puree in a small nonstick pan and simmer over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, or until reduced to 1 cup. Cool completely.

Lightly grease and flour a 9-inch loaf pan. Mix cooled pumpkin puree, butter, pumpkin butter, brown sugar, and egg in a large bowl until well mixed. Stir in pumpkin beer. Mix in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt; stir in golden raisins. Spread dough into prepared pan and bake at 350˚F for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Makes 12 servings.

Nutrition: 229 calories, 4.5g fat, 5.0g fiber, 4.9g protein per serving
Cost: $0.39 per serving

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38 Responses to Pumpkin Beer Bread

  1. Monica H says:

    Never been a fan of beer, but I would eat this. I just pulled two loaves of pumpkin bread from my oven. Smells amazing in here! I bet your house did too.

  2. CaSaundra says:

    I need to make a loaf of bread soon–it’s been far too long! And pumpkin sounds like the perfect flavor :-)

  3. Michelle says:

    I think you’re my hero for combining pumpkin puree, pumpkin butter and pumpkin beer in one amazing recipe!

  4. Kelly says:

    I love that he is home brewing. Even though I don’t like beer myself I always find it so facinating. I’d like to get into cider brewing myself as a love a good hard cider.

  5. Lauren says:

    This bread sounds great, Kerstin! I became hooked on pumpkin beer this autumn, but am now having difficulty finding it in the stores. Next year, I’ll have to stock up! In the meantime, I’ll have to use whatever beer we have in the fridge to make this bread, because it looks delicious.

  6. whoa. love beer bread (though not beer oddly). love pumpkin bread. the marriage of the two? must try!!!

  7. That looks good. Love beer bread, always a pleaser, and with the holidays, love the Pumpkin.

    Great timely post

  8. Joanne says:

    This is one awesome idea! I was thinking of making some beer bread to go with a chili that I’m making and this might just have to be it!

  9. Ok, I’m glad that other people are still posting pumpkin recipes. I’ve been meaning to cook with pumpkin all fall but never had time, so I’m doing it in December. Hey, why not?
    The pumpkin beer sounds fantastic. For our wedding, one of our friends actually promised Adam a home-brewing kit but we never had enough space for it. Maybe one day :)

  10. Leslie Green says:

    OMG..pumpkin beer bread???? GENIUS!

  11. Sues says:

    This must be the most perfect bread ever! Pumpkin and beer… does it get any better?? :)

  12. sophia says:

    I’ve never had pumpkin beer…but I would love to have this bread! I’ve made beer bread before, but obviously, not pumpkin. This is ingenius, Kerstin!

  13. Erica says:

    What a FUN twist on traditional pumpkin bread. I think Josh is interested in home brewing. I’ve heard its hard and a ton of work, but that the results are TOTALLY worth it. You will have to let us know how the beer is after the month sit

  14. elra says:

    Kerstin, you made wonderful pumpkin bread here, the addition of beer is truly unique.

  15. MAry says:

    I’ve never seen pumpkin beer. Now I’ll have to keep my eyes open for it. Your bread sounds wonderful. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  16. grace says:

    i’ve had pumpkin bread. i’ve had beer bread. a marriage of the two is fascinating and altogether appealing. great share!

  17. I love that you used pumpkin beer in here! That sounds great. There’s nothing better than fresh bread hot out of the oven!

    I was planning to make beer bread today, although I’m just going to use up some Miller I have in the fridge and toss in some cheddar too.

  18. Lucie says:

    40 bottles–wow! Quite a feat :) Your pumpkin bread looks great…I could eat pumpkin butter all day long!

  19. Reeni says:

    All that pumpkin has to be incredibly good Kerstin! And how fun to brew your own beer! Maybe he’ll start a beer blog!?

  20. Julie says:

    Hmm…I’ve never had pumpkin beer but I’d love to give this bread a try. I’m sure it’s just wonderful!

  21. Sophie says:

    Pumpkin beer? I have never heard from that kind of beer before? Must taste divine & also makes this pumpkin beer bread taste amazing as well!

  22. Shannon says:

    looks fabulous! i wonder if i could eat that… maybe i’ll have to try :)

  23. This bread sounds really excellent with pumpkin puree and pumpkin beer! I also love all the spices you use, great flavors!

  24. Meghan says:

    I love that you made a more savory pumpkin bread. So many quick breads are sooo sweet (which is good sometimes, but nice to have something different). I’m sure Apolinaras will love to see his home brew in your fabulous recipe!

  25. megan says:

    My girlfriend is in the home brewing and is loving it. This is a very interesting recipe. Love it!

  26. megan says:

    My girlfriend is into the home brewing and is loving it. This is a very interesting recipe. Love it!

  27. Nicole, RD says:

    I knew I was stocking away one last bottle of pumpkin ale for a good purpose!!

  28. cheffresco says:

    What a wonderful recipe! Looks amazing. I hope your homemade brew turns out delicious as well!

  29. Thanks to all! Apolinaras’ next batch is a Saison Dupont and I like it even more!

    Monica – I wish I could bottle the smell :)

    Elina – I know, I didn’t start baking with pumpkin until late October so I’m still loving the pumpkin recipes too!

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  31. Kathy says:

    Hello! This past weekend, I wanted to make either bread, beer bread, or pumpkin bread, and thought that “pumpkin beer bread” would be a novelty. Only to find that others before me have invented it… Your recipe here by far was the most pumpkin-y and most delicious sounding of all that I had found.

    For the beer I used “Screamin Pumpkin” ale from a local craft brewer here in Michigan – you actually get a whiff of pumpkin pie when you lift the glass to drink, the only one I’ve found that does that. I made my own pumpkin butter too, not wanting to leave the house to run to my local TJ’s or cider mill. LOVE LOVE LOVE the results, and many of your other recipes too. Bookmarked; I’ll be back!!! :)

  32. Kathy – I’m so glad you enjoyed the bread! And, I want to try that ale, it sounds amazing :)

  33. Alicia says:

    Can I substitute something for the pumpkin butter? Can’t find any and this recipe sounds amazing! My husband works for a brewery and their pumpkin beer is to die for! Thanks a million :)

  34. Hi Alicia – I think either apple butter or applesauce would be a good substitute. Let me know if you try it :)

  35. Tara says:

    This is what fall should smell like! I used Chuck’s Pumpkin Ale from Battered Boar Brewing Company in Oklahoma City and my own homemade pumpkin butter. The bread is fluffy inside with a nice outer crust, and it will be the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of hearty soup. Thanks for this recipe!

  36. Hi Tara – Yay, so glad it turned out well! I want to try making my own pumpkin butter at some point too :)

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