Cook With Confindence: Pumpkin-Honey-Beer Bread
It's that time of year folks! When all things pumpkin magically appear everywhere you look - you know it's officially Fall. By early September, I am always ready for a hearty dose of pumpkin spice latte, cake, bread, and the list goes on and on. Needless to say, the September issue of Southern Living didn't let me down. I quickly flipped to the Fall baked goods story and landed on the Pumpkin-Honey-Beer Bread. It was tough passing up the Banana-Nut Muffins, Cinnamon Sweet Rolls, and Apple-Cheddar Bread but I can confidently say that when the title of a recipe includes 3 ingredients that I absolutely love, it's a must-make situation!
I'm not going to lie, busting out the pumpkin spice and buying the first can of pumpkin of the year was pretty thrilling. This bread is as easy as mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately and then adding them together. I used a hand mixer even though the instructions call for a heavy-duty electric stand mixer. It did the job fine so you are safe with either gadget!
The best tip here is don't overmix! Overmixing causes tough or misshapen loaves so beat until just blended. Lumps in the batter are fine as long as everything is incorporated. If you're like me, your kitchen counter may be covered in egg shells and flour by the time it's all over, but trust me, it will be worth it.
This recipe is designed to make 2 loaves of bread. It's the perfect opportunity to make one to keep and one to share. It's also a great chance to customize the recipe with local honey and beer from your favorite brewery. I used Samuel Adams Octoberfest but any seasonal, slightly darker beer would work like a charm.
The hard part of this recipe is waiting the hour for the bread to bake. Once the aroma starts floating about the kitchen, it made every minute feel like an eternity. This would be the perfect recipe to bake right before guests arrive because the smell itself is so inviting and mouthwatering. There's a reason pumpkin-spice candles are a big seller, right?
This bread turned out great! When eaten warm with a pat of butter and a cup of tea, there is nothing better. My whole family has enjoyed this treat for breakfast and snacks throughout the week. If you are ready to jump on the Pumpkin Spice train, then this is the recipe for you. Want more spice in your life? Click on the photos below and don't forget to share your own baking skills with us on Twitter and Instagram using #CookWithConfidence. Happy Fall y'all!