Monday, September 19, 2016

Pumpkin Wars

I'm with 

in that I am NOT a fan of pumpkin.  This time each year EVERYTHING is suddenly infused with pumpkin spice - coffee, tea, desserts, and beer

Yes, pumpkin flavored beer.


My husband said it's only a mild hint of pumpkin but I wouldn't try it.  He said it was very good.

Sorry.  I absolutely adore Fall and Halloween and all the orange and black decorations we put up.

But I'm still not going to try it.

Then I looked at the label.  It looked like a lizard wearing liderhosen.  He said no, that's a GRASSHOPPER.  Points at "Hopper" on the label like I am possessed.

Looks like a lizard to me.  I told him I think there are jobs out west where Millennials just smoke weed and get paid to design beer labels.

He looked at me and said "but I'M a millennial".

True (and that explains all the cougar jokes). But I'm still a cranky old pumpkin hater.

But what can I say, my engineer husband is so very smart and he built me new steps with lumber and hard work that are easier on my bad knee (oh minescus, I miss you so). The steps now go back to the yard at a much shallower angle instead of a VERY steep slope to the driveway edge (I think he got the hint when I told him the Red Bull Games were interested in using our steps).
A pictorial version of "how I lost my meniscus".

This way we can install a fence to let Abby Lab out. So I'll forgive him the pumpkin thing, especially since he's scraping and repainting the sun room trim in a bit as well and putting up a punching bag in the basement so I can take out my pumpkin spice aggression and burn calories productively (30 minutes of boxing is 2 nice sized glasses of Chardonnay!)
Brick landing to go!

I might even make something out of the beer.
The "clock" in the back is an old timer for developing film, an antique

Sourdough Pumpkin Ale beer Bread.

I have to say, I had a piece for breakfast and it was really good, only a hint of sweet and spice to it, not a "arghhh PUMPKIN spew! spew! spew!" reaction.  Flavor wise it erred more on the side of a ever so slightly sweet yeast bread rather than a typical sweet pumpkin bread.  If you use a different beer your taste may very, but this was nice, not "Pumpkin-y" at all.

I made mine with my Einkorn based wild yeast sourdough starter but will give directions for both

2 and 1/2 cups 50/50 mixture of einkorn and whole wheat pastry flour (or use white or whole wheat)
1/2 cup sourdough starter (or equal amount flour in place of)
1/4  cup plus 1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (just a few shakes)
1 bottle pumpkin style ale

Beer instructions:  if using all flour, use full bottle.

If using a sourdough starter that's really thick (have to spoon into measuring cup) remove 2 Tablespoons of beer and put rest in mixture

If using a sourdough starter that you can pour into the measuring cup, remove 1/4 cup beer then add rest

Mix well and place in bread pan sprayed with non stick spray

Pour 2 tablespoons melted butter (or melted vegan spread if you are so inclined as this recipe otherwise has no eggs or dairy) over the top and pop in oven.

Bake in preheated 375 F oven for 50 minutes. It should pass the knife test with a firm crispy brown top crust (check it, as it may look done before it is, as the butter browns this up a bit more than other breads).

It was also really moist, and really didn't need the butter.

Not that I was going to leave that off or anything anyway.

Like the bread a lot.  Still hate pumpkin spice.


  1. Bow wow, I like pumpkin a lot...once my peeps put a little in my dog bowl, and I loved it!

    1. I like it to, and Mom does make this black bean stew that uses pumpkin in place of tomatoes she says is one of Dad's favorites and she will eat a bit.

      But she buys some for me to make treats with.

      Abby Lab

  2. DH adores pumpkin bread so I make it in the fall and winter. And where did EJ get that black tshirt? (I'm here because you broke something) I need to get one for my friend Steakburner!

    1. I got the T-shirt for him for Christmas in 2014, which is why it's a bit faded. I got it at Think Geek website and it's still available. He wears it all the time.

  3. Argh pumpkin!! Have you tried pretzel beer tho? So good! Damn I wish I was moving near you so we could guzzle some pretzel beer together lol.

  4. The bread sounds SO tasty!
    I like some of the pumpkin stuff, but I do draw the line at all the "pumpkin spice latte" hype. What a ruin of good coffee. But then, I'm a "black, no sugar" type, so there you go.

  5. I will try it... it can be a tasty snack between all our boring baguette stuff , THANKS :o)

  6. The oldest of the four siblings graduated from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) with a degree in computer science. He has a t-shirt that says, "No, I will not fix your computer."

    The pumpkin bread looks delicious. Ghostwriter says she probably wouldn't like that kind of beer; and yes, it looks like a lizard on the label. She thinks beer should taste like beer, preferably dark beer, and not other stuff. She also thinks pizza should taste like pizza and not chicken wings, and coffee should taste like coffee and not pumpkin pie!

    Our Jessy (sibling number 3) will be coming over for Halloween. So there will be a great pumpkin massacre at our house this year! We'll be sure to post photos!


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