Pumpkin Beer Bread

by Kiran on November 8, 2013 · 84 comments

in Baking, bread

Pumpkin?

Beer?

Bread?

That pretty much sums up all the question marks on mom’s face, dumbfounded by the thought of all this ingredients put together.

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I can’t recall ever drinking beer before even attempting to bake with it. You’d realize how this recipe and the doughnuts I made the other day, can be upsetting to many near and dear to me, right? :D

Lol, the boundaries we cross when there’s food involved.

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Admittedly, it might seem I’m biased when I mentioned we wanted a short break from pumpkin. My excuse? This recipe was made a while back, when a few bottles of pumpkin beer constantly peered at me whenever I peeked into the refrigerator.

And what best way to consume leftover beer? Baking with it.

How is it possible that anyone could have leftover beer?!? If you do, time to bake with it.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 + 1/4 tsp (1 packet) dry active yeast
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin beer
  • 3 cups whole wheat bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • garnish: pepita seeds

Note: make sure all ingredients are at room temperature, including the beer.

Directions:

  1. Heat milk in microwave for 1 minute or until hot to touch. Add butter and honey. Stir to melt/combine. This mixture should read about 105 to 115 F in order to successfully proof the yeast. Stir in yeast, set aside and allow to bubble for 5 minutes.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, sift the dry ingredients (bread flour, salt and spices). Stir just to combine. With the mixer on low, slowly drizzle in proofed yeast, whisked egg, pumpkin puree and pumpkin beer.
  3. Increase the speed to medium-low and continue to knead the dough for the next 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Once the dough is smooth, oil a huge bowl and transfer the bread dough into the bowl. Cover bowl with a damp paper towel, place the bowl in a humid area of the kitchen to allow dough to rise (double in size) for at least 1 hour.
  5. Lightly oil a loaf pan. Once dough has doubled in size, punch it down and shape it to fit into loaf pan. Cover with a damp paper towel and allow to rise again for 30 to 45 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F.
  7. Bake bread dough for 25 to 30 minutes or more, depending on how brown you want the bread loaf to be.
  8. Remove bread loaf from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes before removing to cool on cooling rack.

 

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While there’s no traces of pumpkin beer left in the refrigerator, the possibilities of baking with alcoholic beverages seems promising. Must experiment more!

Has anyone near and dear got upset by your consumption of certain foods and beverages? Time to come clean, people :D

 

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1 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You November 8, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Kiran, dear! This time you’ve overdone yourself. This bread with both pumpkin and beer is a must-have. I got crazy looking at that puffy loaf.
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2 Kiran November 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Denise — lol, thanks! I’m so glad you loved this recipe :)

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3 Sanjeeta kk November 8, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Oh..my..my..look at that gorgeous loaf..what a beauty! Pumpkin-beer..the bread a bowl of hot soup…perfect combo for a cozy winter dinner dinner.
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4 Kiran November 15, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Sanjeeta — oh yes, a perfect combo!

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5 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health November 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM

i have never baked with beer before now that you have tempted me.
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6 Rosa November 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

A wonderful bread and glorious pictures!

Cheers,

Rosa

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7 cquek November 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Looks scrumptious and I am sure tasted amazing too :D.

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8 Shema | LifeScoops November 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Amazing flavors and the texture of the bread looks outstanding… Lovely clicks and styling as usual dear!! Pinning it !!
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9 Kiran November 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Shema — thank you so much :)

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10 Gayathri November 8, 2013 at 10:49 AM

gorgeous and healthy loaf….looks like a perfect bake
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11 Maria | Pink Patisserie November 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I just so happen to have a bottle of pumpkin beer in the fridge.. I’ve been on the fence about drinking or baking with it! This looks so delicious!
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12 Kiran November 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Maria — either way, it’ll be delicious ;)

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13 Daniela @ Foodrecipeshq November 8, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Never tried pumpkin beer! Not sure I even ever spotted it in London. Gotta look for it. I can drink wine when I’m in Italy with family but everything else would be regarded as a sign of a kind of addiction developed in the UK, beer included! P.s. amazing pictures.
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14 Kiran November 15, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Daniela — lol, i can totally relate to the “addiction” assumptions ;)

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15 Laura @ Family Spice November 8, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I love the ease of baking bread with beer. Always turns out delicious and perfect. Your pumpkin bread looks divine!
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16 sippitysup November 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM

That bread is so so beautiful. But I have to inform you. There’s no such thing as leftover beer. That must be a typo. GREG
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17 Kiran November 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Greg — lol!! i’m pretty sure there’s a typo ;)

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18 honeywhatscooking November 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I can imagine your mom saying “kaddu, daru, bread”? Lol!!! I haven’t tried pumpkin beer, that sounds good. Such a neat idea to add beer to bread, I have added rum, but not beer.
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19 Kiran November 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Nisha — lol! so true ;)

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20 Medha November 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Pumpkin bread with pumping beer and paired with pumpkin butter:) I am on it! Love your photography – gorgeous pictures as always! I am totally hooked on your pictures – beautiful composition and lighting!
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21 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Medha — thanks so much, sweetie. And I’m always spell-bounded at your styling skills :)

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22 Consuelo @ Honey & Figs November 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

I miss baking with yeast, I haven’t got round to it since weeks uuugh. And this made me want to do it so so badly. Kiran, it looks awesome. The flavor combo sounds amazing, and your pics are gorgeous, as always!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)
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23 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Consuelo — thanks sweets! i’m off to drool at your snowball cookies now :D

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24 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 8, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Oh I love this bread, especially the thought of serving it with TJ’s pumpkin butter, a favorite of mine! :)
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25 Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen November 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Kiran, this is TOTALLY my kind of recipe. I love pumpkin and with the addition of beer and pepita seeds (which I love) makes this a killer recipe. I’m definitely going to have to make this one. And, I gotta tell ya girl… I am LOVING the moody photos. Oh my gosh – they are seriously GORGEOUS!!!
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26 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Kristi — thanks so so much, friend. do let me know how it tastes :)

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27 Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen November 8, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Oh yea…forgot to say – PINNING!!! :-)
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28 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Kristi — thank you!! :D

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29 Tandy | Lavender and Lime November 9, 2013 at 12:31 AM

I so want a slice of this bread. It looks divine!
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30 Kumar's Kitchen November 9, 2013 at 12:35 AM

a refreshingly spicy beer bread….loved each and every ingredient in it and the outcome is beautiful especially the pepita sprinkled on top,thanks for sharing :-)
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31 sowmya November 9, 2013 at 2:30 AM

Never baked with pumpkin beer.. sounds interesting !! looks yum
Gorgeous clicks as always :)
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32 Alice November 9, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Always, always love your posts! I happen to very much like baking with beer, whether in bread or scones (it always adds) extra oomph into the batter. I also happen to love pumpkin or sweet potato type flavours so yes, this is a winner for me.

Love your styling, aesthetic and eye as always!
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33 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Alice — thank you so much my sweet friend. You’ve always been so kind and gracious :)

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34 Angie@Angie's Recipes November 9, 2013 at 10:32 AM

A very beautiful pumpkin loaf and as always, your photos are amazing!
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35 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Angie — thanks so much, sweetie :)

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36 Kelly November 9, 2013 at 11:07 AM

That’s a gorgeous looking loaf of bread Kiran!
I’ve never tried baking with beer but can imagine the wonderful depth it gives – this must have smelled amazing baking up in your oven:) Great looking pictures as always and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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37 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Kelly — thank you so much and hope you are feeling well :)

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38 Sissi November 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Pumpkin beer? It sounds so intriguing! I have never even heard about it. This double pumpkin bread sounds excellent!
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39 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Sissi — its seasonal here in the States and usually is available in fall :)

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40 Lizzy (Good Things) November 9, 2013 at 4:12 PM

This sounds absolutely yummy and I think my Peter would love it! Thank you for sharing your recipe… beautiful photos too!
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41 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Lizzy — thanks sweetie and i hope you’d bake it for your Peter soon :)

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42 Sophie November 10, 2013 at 7:59 AM

I never heard of pumpkin beer is this beer that tastes of pumpkin? It is sweet? I can’t find it here, can I use regular beer? Your pumpkin bread looks amazing & must be very tasty too! :)

Yum Yum Yum!
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43 Yi @ Yi Reservation November 10, 2013 at 9:12 AM

What a wonderful loaf of pumpkin bread! I have never used pumpkin beer for cooking before but I can already imagine how tasty this can be. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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44 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Sophie — it doesn’t truly taste like pumpkin but is seasoned well with spices that goes so well with pumpkin. I’m sure you can use any regular beer but make sure it’s not too strong and carries some sweet notes as well :)

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45 Gintare @Gourmantine November 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I love the idea of beer bread and absolutely love cooking with alcohol. I always keep a bottle of wine and Port wine just to be able to make wine sauce and braises :)

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46 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Gintare — i need to try port in cooking :)

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47 Ash-foodfashionparty November 10, 2013 at 2:22 PM

I’ve never cooked with beer, let alone pumpkin beer, sounds interesting. That is a good looking bread.PERIOD. <3

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48 Vicky and Ruth November 10, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Nothing more comforting than the smell and taste of fresh made bread. Add pumpkin to the mix and I am sold! Great use of the pumpkin beer.
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49 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Vicky and Ruth — thanks :)

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50 john@kitchenriffs November 10, 2013 at 8:25 PM

We make beer bread all the time (quick bread). Love the flavor in it! Have even make bread with pumpkin beer before. But haven’t used actual pumpkin in bread – need to do that. Fun recipe – thanks.
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51 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM

John — you need to do that, ASAP :D

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52 Ameena November 10, 2013 at 8:32 PM

I have to say, I was initially dumbfounded by this combination…but why not? Looks delicious, especially toasted.
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53 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Ameena — :D

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54 Mallika November 10, 2013 at 11:01 PM

WOW Kiran! You’ve excelled with pumpkins and this bread. I love the texture of your bread. And that butter knife is oh-so-beautiful!!! Lovely clicks as usual!
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55 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Mallika — awww, thanks so much! you are always so generous with your comments :)

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56 Nik@ABrownTable November 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I certainly do love baking with alcoholic beverages, it makes for tastier goods! :) I love the loaf it looks perfectly baked.
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57 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Nik — my rule of thumb is, if you can drink and cook with it, why not bake? :D

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58 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com November 11, 2013 at 6:32 PM

This pumpkin beer bread looks so good Kiran!
And your photos! Good Golly!
Well – my daughter is always upset at the sneaky veggies and healthy stuff I try to feed her – does that count :)
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59 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Shashi — lol, thanks and that totally counts ;)

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60 Juliana November 11, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Hi Kiran, I have been baking lots of pumpkin bread, but never thought in adding beer…sounds and looks delicious with all the spices in it…love the crumb of this bread.
Have a great week and yes, I am back :D
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61 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Hi Juliana — thanks and so glad to have you back, my friend :)

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62 Raymund November 12, 2013 at 1:10 AM

That looks like a perfectly made bread, I would love to have a slice or two please :)
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63 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Raymund — thanks! and how I wish I could fedex ;)

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64 Katerina November 12, 2013 at 2:42 AM

I love, love the smell of a baking bread! Looks perfect!
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65 Suchi November 12, 2013 at 7:14 AM

You will laugh when I tell you what I do with leftover beer. Never got into beers, so I wash my hair with it. Makes the hair shine and sing! I remember the first time I did this, the horror on my husband’s face when he realised that one of his precious bottles was shinning on my head! The bread looks gorgeous…I love it’s orange look!
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66 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Suchi — lol! I need to try this tip, thanks for sharing :D

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67 Milana - the Jottings November 12, 2013 at 9:11 AM

This is just so beautiful – I want to eat the bread now :) Your images are amazing!
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68 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Milana — thank you so so much :D

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69 Donalyn@The Creekside Cook November 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

This looks so good, Kiran! Beer does a really wonderful thing to yeast bread and the pumpkin is just a great bonus! As for upsetting those near and dear – my mother in law is very religious and the sight of a bottle of wine on my counter makes her think we are raging drunks!
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70 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Donalyn — lol at the comment about “raging drunks”. parents do overrate every behavior, huh? :D

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71 Lail | With A Spin November 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

We don’t use alcohol so I’ll never be able to try this bread, but, my friend, the photos are sensational. Gorgeous!
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72 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Lail — thank you so much, but you can always substitute beer with anything that is non-alcoholic, such as soda’s etc.

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73 Kitchen Belleicious November 12, 2013 at 3:43 PM

no freakin way you added beer to this! Oh my husband is going to freak! He loves pumpkin bread and beer of course! Go girl
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74 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Jessica — lol, yes freaking way :D

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75 rika@vm November 13, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I love all sorts of bread – sourdough and Rye are my favorite! Come out to Oregon and taste the local spiced beers – we have tons of breweries! The last shot looks gorgeous with the white rustic pumpkin/squash. I had to take a painkiller one night and the rental’s fridge only had Diet Coke (I hated that soda and didn’t have a choice). So I drank it and I felt better afterward. When I got back from Argentina last Tuesday, I ate a frozen mac & cheese meal; I haven’t had mac & cheese since August. Then I made all sorts of vegan mac and cheese dishes everyday from cashew sauce to nooch sauce. I know I will have to make something else better than that…hehe!

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76 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Rika — lol! you are definitely a food and travel ninja, my friend :D

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77 Coffee and Crumpets November 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I do get lectured about my love of coffee, not necessarily how much I drink, because I don’t drink a lot, but how much I spend getting it!! Love small farm coffee!
This bread is gorgeous! I love it’s colour.

Nazneen
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78 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Nazneen — me too! love supporting the local coffee shops, which in my opinion makes the best :)

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79 Asmita November 15, 2013 at 11:27 AM

This is absolutely stunning!LOVE!
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80 Kiran November 16, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Asmita — thanks sweetie, but nothing in comparison to your cute little elf cookies. I love it :)

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81 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker November 17, 2013 at 1:12 AM

My three favorite words when it comes to baking. You hit the trifecta Kiran! I absolutely love this!
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82 Amy Tong November 19, 2013 at 1:41 AM

I haven’t drink beers for many many years. But I do get “left over” beer when my beer drinking friends came for visits and gatherings. I’ve gotta save your recipe when I have some extra beer to use up. :) I definitely don’t want loft over beers using up my precious refrigerator space! hahaha….
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83 Nami | Just One Cookbook November 22, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Love your beautiful loaf of pumpkin bear bread. I don’t think I’ve tried beer bread, or if I did, probably 1-2 times (I sort of remember)… Love to try the warm slice with butter. Must be heavenly!
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