first, let me get some facts straight. some of the things i love are: dogfishhead beer, pumpkin ale, pumpkin spice, brown sugar, bread, pumpkin bread, just about anything fall-related except for mushy squash. here is something i dont like: recipes that sound fantastic but in reality are not.
a couple weeks ago i was looking for a new recipe for pumpkin bread when i stumbled upon one that used dogfishhead punkin’ ale as the base. i was so excited and it took a lot of self control not to make it right away. i had other things to bake, and i figured i would bring this with me to the next potluck where it would presumably be a big hit.
my friend sheryl wanted to cook together for the potluck, but since she couldnt make it over til a bit later and i didnt want to be baking too late, i got started without her. when she arrived the punkin’ bread had just come out of the oven and i was just getting started on the pumpkin cookies. she came in and immediately noted how good it smelled in my house; i told her that although the house might smell good, the bread, unfortunately, did not. upon a closer whiff, she agreed with me.
but hey, sometimes things taste better than they smell. sheryl thought it was too bitter, but enjoyed it better with some apple butter. i did not think it was too bitter, as i enjoy bitter things. once i got past expecting a sweet pumpkin-like bread and accepted it as more of a regular yeast bread, i noticed that it was not cohesive; the spice to sugar ratio was off, the texture wasnt exactly right either. it was too spongy on the inside for a yeast bread, but the top was getting dried out so i couldnt bake it any longer. per sheryl’s suggestion, this bread is not coming to the potluck with us… thankfully i have the cookies to fall back on! (yeah, i made the pre-school pumpkin cookies again, but veganized them this time, which were, in fact, a hit)
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