Browned Butter Pumpkin-Beer Bread

by cakeduchess on October 25, 2012 · 24 comments


I possibly store dozens of cans of pumpkin just to make pumpkin bread at any moment. I can have a list full of things I need to do and will get distracted by the urge to have a bite of moist and spicy pumpkin bread.

Doesn’t that happen to all of you? The recipe I use is a keeper and I never really thought of swaying to try another one until I came across this recipe using pumpkin beer in my local paper. Yes, pumpkin beer! I found some at the store and it was a very happy day indeed. The checkout girl was looking at me sort of funny and put my beer to the side. I thought maybe there was a new law that passed and I was buying the beer at a wrong hour.   She said she was sorry she had to bother me to check my ID. Sorry?? Who are you kidding!?! I wasn’t sad or offended. I was actually ready to jump over the conveyor belt and hug her. That would’ve been really awkward. 
Ahhh…the simple things that just make your day.
Something else made my day. I ran into my favorite librarian today and she stopped to tell me this pumpkin bread recipe is her favorite. Very flattering to hear and moments like that inspire me to keep this little blog going. 
So back to this bread. I had my beer and my canned pumpkin and I was ready to bake this bread and it was still before lunch. I didn’t realize the recipe only requires a cup of beer. I know what you’re thinking but I didn’t!. I did not drink the rest of the beer. I did save it for later in the evening.


A little about the bread: I decided to brown the butter because well, it just is amazing. I used it in this bundt and in these cookies and they were huge favorites with the neighbors and whomever else got a sample. The pumpkin beer gave the bread a richer and yeasty flavor. I do love baking yeast breads and don’t always have the time for them. I also wish I had freshly baked and mashed pumpkin on hand to use for a spur of the moment bread. If you’re more organized and prepared than I am, do use the fresh pumpkin. Canned pumpkin works wonderfully for us. There is some pumpkin leftover, as you don’t use the whole can. You could use them in a soup or cinnamon rolls. How about added to your waffles? Hmmm…now I’m craving pumpkin waffles! A delicious pumpkin bread that smells dreamy while baking. If you’re not into baking with beer, you have to try this recipe that is also fantastic!

Don’t miss out on what everyone baked this week. Want to join the fun? Hop on over here to Meal Planning Magic and join us. As I mentioned, I have always plenty of canned pumpkin on hand and pumpkin breads make a lovely holiday gift. :)


Browned Butter Pumpkin-Beer Bread
slightly adapted from Slate


1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup pumpkin purée
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup pumpkin ale


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan. Brown the butter in a heavy-bottom medium saucepan over medium-low heat. When the butter has browned (about 3 minutes), set aside to cool. In a large bowl, whisk together the the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Stir the pumpkin and brown sugar into the cooled brown butter, then stir in the eggs. Finally, stir in the pumpkin ale. Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined, then transfer the batter to the greased pan.

Bake for 1/2 on hour at 350 then lower the heat to 325 and bake for about another 30-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.  It will be hard to wait for the bread to cool before serving to slice.

Happy baking! :)

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen October 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm

This is a good recipe to use pumpkin. A nice change from the usual spiced breads. I remember the days when they asked for my ID…jaja! Wonderful bread Lora!


motherrimmy October 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm

What a fun twist on the typical pumpkin bread!


brighteyedbaker October 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I’ve got to try this – can’t wait! I’m seriously in love with beer bread, and I’m a little bit crazy about baking with pumpkin too. :) I also agree that brown butter is absolutely amazing and just makes everything taste (and sound) better. Thanks for sharing!

Reply October 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Never would have thought of making pumpkin bread like this. Great job, and it’s always nice to get compliments on your cooking, it always gives me a boost when I hear someone loves a recipe of mine too.


claudia lamascolo October 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm

sounds awesome going to try it


Gina Stanley October 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

When I saw the beer inclusion, I was like yes! I love how it gives baked good that yeasty flavor. I don’t have as much on hand as you do, but I’m gonna be sure and stock up. That’s awesome about being carded. Stay dry over there.


Elaine October 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm

MAKING THIS RECIPE ASAP! I love beer bread and have never seen a pumpkin beer bread recipe! Wow. This looks wonderful!


Shulie Foodwanderings October 26, 2012 at 1:39 am

Beer bread I am yet to make. Love this loaf your baked. I love beer in savory dishes I am sure it tastes just as fab in sweet ones. Pumpkin all decked up for the Fall season!


Dawn October 26, 2012 at 2:21 am

I love this fun twist on pumpkin bread. It looks amazing!


Lisa October 26, 2012 at 3:12 am

Adding beer and browned butter to a pumpkin bread is genius! It looks so hearty, moist and well..I hate using this word, but yummy! Another amazing recipe from you I need to make! xo


Lizzy Do October 26, 2012 at 11:48 am

My kids love pumpkin bread…and I’d love to try your version with the ale and browned butter! YUM!


Baker Street October 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

What a fabulous twist on pumpkin bread! Love the recipe and can’t wait to give it a try! :)


Kristina @ spabettie October 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm

ah, what’s a cup of beer before noon? ;)

this looks perfect!


Brian @ A Thought For Food October 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I think you just mentioned all of my favorite things… browned butter, pumpkin, ale. Yes please! I agree… pumpkin bread is a wonderful thing.


The KitchenMaid October 27, 2012 at 1:14 am

This is such a cute post Lora, I too want to kiss anyone that asks me for ID (though, in all honesty, it happens about once a year. In very, very dim lighting, with a very short-sighted shop assistant.)
We don’t get canned pumpkin puree here – OR pumpkin beer. I think I may have to move…


Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction October 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I’ve made pumpkin bread before but yours looks delicious too. I’ll have to give it a try if I can find pumpkin ale.


Swathi Iyer October 28, 2012 at 2:53 am

Love this unique combo of pumpkin and beer. Delicious Bread Lora.


Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings October 29, 2012 at 4:54 am

I’ve got pumpkin puree in my freezer for my infant son!!! So, this is a perfect way to use up all the leftovers. And did you say browned butter? I’m in nirvana!


Jenny @ BAKE October 29, 2012 at 11:09 am

I love browned butter! and I’m glad I’m not the only one who has to restrain themselves from being overly affectionate with staff who think I’m 18 or under!


Kate@Diethood October 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I love beer bread, but this takes it to a whole different level! I need to taste it! Plus with that browned butter…holy yum!!


Anonymous December 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm

That looks pretty nasty actually, did you bake that all the way? Why does it look so under baked?


Brittany September 13, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Making this tonight!!! Can not wait smells so good baking. I used dogfish punkin ale my fav pumpkin beer :)


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