Pumpkin Beer Bread xRawSpiceBar

If you remember from WAY back around Christmas time last year I put together a HUGE gift guide that included a mention of RawSpiceBar’s subscription services. Well, the awesome folks there reached out to me about working with them again this holiday season and send me the Octoberfest Flavor Kit to have some fun with.  I knew more or less right away that I wanted to incorporate the schnitzel spice mix and the horseradish and mustard mix into a wonderful savory German dinner (look for THAT post this weekend), but it took me a little bit longer to decide what I wanted to do with the caraway, fennel and anise bread mix; then talking with JP (who is the real genius on this one) it dawned on me that I had been meaning to experiment with making a pumpkin beer bread recipe that I ran across on Gimme Some Oven and utilizing Blue Moon’s Chai Spiced Ale — we picked up the beer in a fall variety pack, but didn’t find it pleasing to us to drink.

pumpkin_001
The stars of the show!

So enter the Octoberfest Flavor Kit — I knew from tasting the beer previously that the caraway, fennel and anise bread mix would be a perfect match in a pumpkin bread, so while we waited for dinner to cook tonight we got moving!

I’ll make some notes here and there, but overall I followed the recipe from Gimme Some Oven linked above.  The obvious differences being I substituted the pumpkin pie spices for the favor mix from RawSpiceBar and we used a chai beer. And now for the pictorial portion of this post

The supporting cast!
The supporting cast – I have a personal preference to use King Arthur Flour in all of my baking, but use whatever brands of things you like!
All the dry ingredients. Look at those spices -- we opened the packet and immediately went "wow. this smells amazing"
All the dry ingredients. Look at those spices — we opened the packet and immediately went “wow. this smells amazing”
Honey and pumkin,
Honey and pumpkin,
Beer! Then we mixed all the wet ingredients,
Beer! Then we mixed all the wet ingredients,
Adding the dry in -- the flavor kit continued to smell awesome!
Adding the dry in — the flavor kit continued to smell awesome!
IT'S SO FLUFFY!!!
IT’S SO FLUFFY!!!
Before shoving this into the oven to bake for 75-minutes I sprinkled the top with some dark brown sugar.
Before shoving this into the oven to bake for 75-minutes I sprinkled the top with some dark brown sugar.
LOOK AT THAT!
LOOK AT THAT!
Glamour shot!
Glamour shot!

JP and I tried the bread after it cooled enough to slice.  OH MY GOODNESS — if it weren’t after 8pm and I hadn’t eaten dinner and dessert already for the night I would have probably inhaled most of this in one go.  The flavor kit gave the bread a most wonderful licorice note that is wonderful with the pumpkin.

I can’t wait to use the rest of the Octoberfest Flavor Kit this weekend — and I totally know what I’m packing for breakfast tomorrow.  Add a touch of honey butter and I’m going to be in heaven with a cup of tea.

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Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.  The mentioned company did send me freebies, but all of the opinions and impressions are my own.  I only agree to work with companies whose products I would use for myself and my family. Keep it awesome internet!

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