Bread

Pumpkin Ale Cornbread


This skillet cornbread is the perfect fall side dish – infused with hearty ale, real pumpkin, and maple syrup. It will pair gorgeously with anything you serve it with. 
Sweet Skillet Pumpkin Beer Cornbread - an amazing quick bread
This skillet cornbread is so easy and simple to make and it is PERFECT for fall! It only requires a few ingredients but its well worth the few minutes you spend mixing it together. Real pumpkin puree and a heartily spiced ale combine with cornmeal and a touch of maple syrup for a little sweetness. Definitely use a good beer here – something with lots of robust flavor so that it stands out. I wanted the pumpkin, beer and cornbread to really shine here, so I decided to skip the typical “fall baking spices” that lot of recipes call for. Serve this warm with butter and either some local honey or a good quality maple syrup. It turns out to be almost a dessert!
Pumpkin Ale Cornbread
For me, the return of crisper and cooler temperatures also heralds the return of warm and hearty comfort foods! For the most part, I think keeping homemade breads, stews and the like sacred to the cooler months is special. We try to eat very seasonally, so spring and summer is all about fresh produce – lots of salads, lighter meals, things like that. But then once the weather turns I can’t help but crave all things warm and landed with carbs. Do you do the same?
Sweet Pumpkin Beer Cornbread with Maple Syrup
Oh, Gosh, I have SUCH a love affair with bread. I just can’t help myself, especially when its warm out of the oven and I can slather it with real butter. And when it takes about 30 minutes to make a from scratch and seasonally awesome recipe, it makes it even better, don’t you think? This cornbread will pair perfectly with any soup, stew, chili, or casserole that you serve – but it will also go equally well with baked chicken or pork chops. Make sure you heat up the skillet with the oven – its key to getting a gorgeously crispy crust, but still having the cornbread be soft and cake like inside.
Skillet Pumpkin Beer Cornbread - super simple, real ingredients, amazingly delicious!
Print Recipe
Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup pumpkin ale (something hearty and full flavored, no "lite" stuff here!
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP melted butter

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 400F with a 10" cast iron skillet inside (so the skillet heats up, too).

2

In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, pumpkin puree, pumpkin ale, and eggs.

3

Add the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt on top and then stir with a wooden spoon or spatula just until combined.

4

Allow this to sit for a few minutes while the oven and skillet heat up.

5

Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and coat the bottom and sides of the skillet with the melted butter with a pastry brush. You won't use all the butter, and that's ok - save it!

6

Pour the batter into the hot skillet and smooth out so its even. Drizzle the remaining melted butter on top.

7

Carefully place the skillet back into the oven (remember, its hot!) and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

8

Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Serve with butter and honey or maple syrup. Enjoy!

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
    September 21, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    This looks amazing. Pumpkin + ale = happiness!

  • Reply
    Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet
    September 21, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    I'll take two slices with an ale on the side! 😉

  • Reply
    Johnna Perry
    September 21, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    This looks so good! I'm wondering if it might work with one of the pumpkin hard ciders. Will give it a try!

  • Reply
    Megan @ MegUnprocessed
    September 22, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    What great flavors for a side dish!

  • Reply
    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    September 23, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    This sound absolutely incredible. I love the pumpkin and ale combo infused in the cornbread – so perfect for fall!

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