Pumpkin-Ale Sweet Bread


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time1 hr 10 mins
  • Makes12 Slices
Pumpkin-Ale Sweet Bread
Chatelaine Triple Tested

Pies, step aside! This moist, rich sweet bread comes together in just 10 minutes. Drizzled with pumpkin-ale glaze and crunchy pepitas, it's as beautiful as it is delicious.


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp pumpkin-pie spice

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup pure pumpkin purée

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin ale

  • 1/4 cup canola oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 2/3 cup icing sugar

  • 2 tbsp pumpkin ale

  • 1/4 cup pepitas


  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Lightly spray a 9 × 5-in. loaf pan with oil.

  • STIR flour with baking soda, pumpkin-pie spice and salt in a medium bowl.

  • WHISK eggs with brown sugar in a large bowl. Whisk in pumpkin purée, 1/3 cup ale, oil and vanilla. Whisk flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until combined. Scrape into prepared pan (batter will be thick). Smooth top.

  • BAKE in centre of oven until loaf is dark golden and a skewer inserted in centre of loaf comes out clean, 60 to 65 min. Transfer to a rack. Let stand 15 min. Run a knife along edges of loaf pan and transfer loaf to rack.

  • WHISK icing sugar and pumpkin ale in a small bowl. Spoon over top of loaf and sprinkle with pepitas.

Chatelaine Quickies: Pumpkin Ale Sweet Bread

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 225, Protein 4g, Carbohydrates 37g, Fat 7g, Fibre 1g, Sodium 218mg.
Excellent source of Vitamin A.

Ingredient Tip: Pumpkin ale is sold in beer or liquor stores during the fall. Cream ale works just as well.

Kid-Friendly Tip: Substitute unsweetened apple juice for ale in the recipe.

Pumpkin-Ale Muffins topped with crunchy streusel and a glaze in a muffin tin on a blue placemat (Photo: Erik Putz)

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