Pumpkin Beer Bread

We’re well into the holiday season, but I don’t think it’s too late for my good friend Mr. Pumpkin quite yet.  I’m still not over it.

I absolutely love making quick breads, especially when they are involving beer.  My favorite part is adding the beer and watch it foam up as it mixes with the other ingredients.  And seriously though, who doesn’t just want to add beer to everything they cook?  (Dave used to pour Natty Light on his burgers and dogs in his Penn State Tailgate days… sigh)

This bread is tasty and pumpkiny without being overly spiced or sweet.  It’s kinda  a great mix of a normal bread with a bit of pumpkin flavor.  I topped the bread off with a Cinnamon Raisin Compound Butter.  Nommmmm.

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Pumpkin Beer Bread w/ Cinnamon Raisin Compound Butter
Ingredients (for the bread):  
3 cups All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
3 Tablespoons Honey
1 cup Pumpkin Puree
1 12-oz bottle of Pumpkin Beer (you can use regular beer if you need to)

Ingredients (for the compound butter):  
1/2 cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, room temperature
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 cup Raisins

Directions:  
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×5-inch bread pan with cooking spray.
2.  Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, honey, and pumpkin together in a large bowl and stir until cobined.  Slowly add the beer and stir until it’s well incorporated and smooth.
3.  Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean. Let bread rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.
4.  Meanwhile, prepare the butter.  You can mix all of the ingredients by hand with a sturdy spoon, or you can use a mixer.  Blend all ingredients for the butter until combined.  Using a piece of plastic wrap, use a spatula to gather the butter together in the bowl, then place the butter on the plastic wrap.  Pull the bottom of the exposed wrap over the butter and begin to form it into a log shape.  Twist the ends and place in the fridge to set.  *I left mine out for the first piece so it would be nice and soft!*

Bread Recipe from:  Gimme Some Oven
Butter Recipe from:  She Knows

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I love simple recipes where I have all of the ingredients already.

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All of the ingredients ready for the beer!

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Kaboom!

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Bread batter ready to hit the oven

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Finished product- ready for some yummy cinnamon raisin butter!

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