cooler weather = pumpkin

After another week of 100 degree weather in St. Louis, I was more than ready for the 70 degree temps come Sunday.  And cooler weather that looks like it’s here to stay, at least for a little while…

fall weather 

With it finally starting to feel like fall, I’m starting to get excited about all the things cooler weather brings:


Pumpkin Oatmeal

Pumpkin Lattes

Pumpkin Custard

And my absolute favorite…


Pumpkin Beer!

Last fall, Matt and I attempted to try every pumpkin beer we could get our hands on.  Schlafly, O’Fallon, Trailhead, Woodchuck… we searched and found as many as we could.  And as much as I would love to hang out with my family with a pumpkin beer in hand on this beautiful fall Labor Day, I obviously will not be partaking for a little bit longer.  So, what’s a pregnant girl to do so she can continue enjoying her favorite alcoholic beverage of all time?

Why, bake with it, of course!  I’ve been seriously craving cold, creamy things (a Mini Concrete Runner is on her way…) and bread lately.  Lots and lots of bread.  Luckily, I’ve had this Schlafly Pumpkin Ale Bread recipe on my hands for the past year that could help me satisfy me craving for bread while enjoying a lovely pumpkin beer!

I made this recipe several times last fall + winter, veganizing it each time.  And each time, I would end up with a black top and doughy interior.  And, even though I love me some dough, it doesn’t make for Good Eats.  So, this time, I followed the recipe exactly and came out with 2 beautiful loaves of bread!


I’m pretty sure the neighbors were tempted to knock on our door and ask for a slice from the smell that was wafting out of our open windows.  Seriously, how can you get any more perfect than this!


The perfect combination of spices so the pumpkin flavor comes out nicely, with a little bite from the beer to give it a delicious yeasty taste (in a good way).  Plus, a nice crunchy crust with a moist interior.  Best. Pumpkin. Bread. Ever.

Just please don’t come knocking on my door – I will be keeping this all to myself!

  • oh wow i don’t miss st. louis! i’m over here thanking the lord that we’re out of the high 70’s/80’s and you’re saying that that is cooler weather?!? geezzzz….
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    • Kristen

      LOL – Oh, believe me, after the week we had last week with record high temps (104 degrees one day), 78 degrees feels amazing!

  • I’ll drink some pumpkin beer for you!!! NO worries there 🙂 None will go to waste! Maybe you could send me some of that bread as a thank you? 😉
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    • Kristen

      Yeah, I’m not sure both loaves will make it through the rest of the day today! But go ahead and drink some pumpkin beer for me anyway!

  • I love everything pumpkin- I can’t wait for it to start taking over everything I make this fall. 🙂 Oddly enough, I can’t stand the pumpkin spice lattes- but I do love me some Schlafly’s.
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    • Kristen

      Well, at least you’ll only be missing the pumpkin beer + not both! I’m happy to at least enjoy it at the end of pumpkin beer season!

  • That was me last year…longing for pumpkin beer. I definitely ate my fair share of pumpkin baked goods and pumpkin lattes or blizzards to make up for it. Worth every bite! 😉
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  • I don’t drink beer but I was just tweeting about beer bread last night, yummy! And since I was pregnant last Sept, I craved pumpkin and then morning sickness/huge food aversions hit one week later. I missed all things pumpkin last year and am looking forward to enjoying it again. Filing this recipe away for future use.

  • OH YUM! My husband has a 6 pack of that beer stashed away for cooler fall days. He said he won’t give up 6 ozs for me to make the bread though 🙁 Looks like I have to go buy another pack. Beer stores around here only get one shipment of pumpkin ale. It’s always sold out by mid-sept.
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  • That’s a great bread recipe! I bet it’s so yummy. Have you tried Southern Tier’s Pumpking? It’s pretty highly regarded as one of the best pumpkin in the country and it’s damn good but I think Schlafly is better 🙂
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    • Kristen

      We luckily were able to find that one last year at World Market. It was pretty good, better than Kennebunkport or Woodchuck (ew, nasty), but Schlafly + O’Fallon are still my favorites. I’m definitely a local girl!