Pumpkin Bread (with booze and chocolate!)

Just a little pat of butter

By Katherine

Darn this was good. Molasses, chocolate, pecans and of course the ingredient of the season, pumpkin! We hear there’s a shortage so take heart, this only uses half a can. That’s right I used canned. We still have a few clearance cans from last Thanksgiving. I used a hard cider, the fizzy alcoholic kind, but if you don’t have some on hand just use the nonbubbly, nonalcoholic version. Greg’s face sort of fell when I used half a cup of the cider he brought me to make a baked good. He was happy with the results. If you don’t like chocolate, I know some of you are out there, feel free to use raisins, which are verboten in our house.

Pumpkin bread

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cider (flat or fizzy)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan or muffin tin. Mix flours, baking powder and spices in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl whisk together brown sugar, molasses, butter, cider, pumpkin and egg until well incorporated. Add all at once to dry ingredients. Stir until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate and pecans. Pour in loaf pan. Cook until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about an hour. Cool before slicing.

Hungry for more sweet pumpkin recipes? How about the whole wheat pumpkin pancakes over at Savoring Every Bite? Or the Thai spiced pumpkin soup at Pease Pudding? Or the autum trifle or pumpkin cookies with orange buttercream frosting over at Sweet Caroline’s Cooking? Or the spiced pumpkin buttermilk biscuits over at Sweet Pea’s Kitchen? She has more pumpkin recipes than you can shake a stick at. We also love the grown up pumpkin pie milkshakes over at Pure Complex. There are just way too many great pumpkin recipes out there to mention, so if you’ve seen one I didn’t include, feel free to share the link.

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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120 Responses to Pumpkin Bread (with booze and chocolate!)

  1. nrhatch says:

    That looks FABulous! I love pumpkin bread with pecans (and raisins). πŸ˜€

  2. I love the addition of chocolate- nice recipe!

  3. Caroline says:

    Yup I’m that one person who doesn’t like chocolate, so I would definitely use raisins. I’m such a weirdo. But anyways, this bread sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for the shout outs on my pumpkin posts. πŸ™‚

  4. TasteFood says:

    This sounds incredible!

  5. You know how I am about chocolate Katherine.. lol. But then gain you know how I am about bread lol. But despite that, I will give this a try. But adding the chocolate is brilliant! Definitely got me hooked πŸ˜‰

  6. BrainRants says:

    You had me at ‘molasses’ and then nailed it closed with ‘alcohol.’

  7. egg me on says:

    Can I have a piece of this bread for tomorrow’s breakfast? Pretty, pretty please?? I might dream about this tonight … and all of those other tasty pumpkin recipes. Seriously.

  8. JamieAnne says:

    Lovely! I buy canned pumpkin on clearance after Thanksgiving and stock my pantry. It makes me happy to have pumpkin all year long.

  9. Looks great! (And I agree about the raisins)

  10. Tandy says:

    raisins for me are also a no no, but I think with this recipe they would be great πŸ™‚

  11. fruit based bread is always made better with chocolate.

  12. I think I could devour that entire loaf.

  13. How deliciously fall-y! Must have made the house smell so cozy while it was in the oven…

  14. Love it! There’s no more to say…

  15. nancyc says:

    That pumpkin bread sounds great! I like that it has molasses and dark chocolate!

  16. this looks so good! i bet the molasses and pumpkin together make it so soft and rich

  17. Judy says:

    For me, pumpkin is fall in every bite. This sounds very, very good!

  18. I made a key lime cake for Thanksgiving last year. This has to be the next cake that sits next to all the pies! Excellent suggestion!

    • katherine says:

      I love the idea of key lime on Thanksgiving. If you’re making this for a crowd, muffins might be the way to go. It’s really soft, like gingerbread.

  19. There’s not enough butter on that bread! lol. I love the addition of the booze. Sounds great.

    • katherine says:

      Ha, Greg went to take the picture and the butter melted, so then he put more on and well let’s just say there’s more than meets the eye!

  20. Charles says:

    Awesome stuff – as frugalfeeding said so well – [EVERYTHING] is made better with chocolate! Nice addition πŸ™‚

  21. Amy says:

    I was going to make pumpkin bread tonight! I love your additions of alcohol and chocolate…yum!

  22. No, no…I couldnΒ΄t possibly. Oh well, if you insist…as long as itΒ΄s with raisins!

  23. ChgoJohn says:

    I, too, have bought pumpkin on sale and then spent the following year moving it around the shelf. Had I known about this recipe, however, those cans would have been far less travelled. And I’ll bake mine with both raisins and chocolate. Yes, I want it all!

  24. Kristy says:

    Mmmmm! Raisins. I’m in the weirdo camp with Caroline…don’t like chocolate. The rest of the recipe though sounds fabulous! I notice you left the Miracle Whip out though. LOL. πŸ˜‰

    • katherine says:

      Ah, yes. I should’ve made a mayo icing, oh gross, I’m going to be sick. But I was thinking of you when I wrote that chocolate line!

  25. As if booze and chocolate weren’t good enough…pumpkin bread is one of my favorites!

  26. Colline says:

    This sounds interesting. Would you be able to make it with fresh pumpkin?

  27. Wow, this looks awesome, can’t wait to make it! The addition of cider is right on.

  28. G-LO says:

    A bit of Booze and Pumpkin Bread… what’s not to love? My mouth is watering!


  29. OMG I just made exactly the same thing, except it’s vegan! I can’t believe this I’m not copying honest, great minds and all that! I didn’t use any booze either, silly me won’t make that mistake again…

    • katherine says:

      Ha, sure. You even named your dog Rufus. OK, seriously, this happens to us all the time. It’s fun to see different versions. And I don’t think many of Greg’s recipes, or mine, are vegan. I love your site, such great photos!

  30. Must find a kitchen to borrow and make this immediately! What an amazing combination of flavors and SO GORGEOUS!

  31. spicegirlfla says:

    This one’s perfect for me! I’ll probably go with raisins and chocolate!! I don’t think there is anything I don’t like!! The addition of molasses sounds good, probably makes it nice and rich in taste. I saw canned pumpkin at the store last week and stocked up!!

    • katherine says:

      I hope there’s some on sale after Thanksgiving! I made biscotti yesterday and thought of you! Can you tell who cooks day in and day out and who makes the fun stuff?

  32. ceciliag says:

    Booze and chocolate!, cutting straight to the chase! I love it!

  33. Quite honestly, I think I would have to do a version with raising and a version with chocolate!
    Incredible recipe!
    Have a super week.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  34. This pumpkin bread looks good. I love it all, chocolate and raisins. I also love cranberries and pumpkin in my baked goods. I have to share my oatmeal pumpkin cranberry breakfast cookies soon before pumpkin season ends.

  35. Kelly says:

    Ooh, dark chocolate happy dance!! Nuts and chocolate make for a delicious loaf and I really like the inclusion of molasses too. Have you tried blackstrap molasses?

  36. I love all things “pumpkin” and especially pumpkin bread. I like the combination of pumpkin and chocolate and will definitely add this to my holiday baking list. Molasses, pumpkin, chocolate…what a great trio…it is the season!

  37. Christina says:

    Oh yeah!! You know I would love this one, right? πŸ˜‰ I have to give this one a try…you can’t go wrong with the addition of cider, chocolate AND pecans! Yummy!

  38. This looks heavenly!

  39. Eva Taylor says:

    Mouth watering combo; I really love molasses and pecans. And the melted butter looks delicious.

  40. You had me at booze!…and chocolate! Delicious recipe!

  41. I can only imagine how this tastes
    all those flavors..fall heaven!

  42. rsmacaalay says:

    That bread looks so flavourful, so moist. I always love you twist of booze in everything you do.

  43. The use of hard cider sounds great in baking! I’ll have to incorporate this idea into future recipes.

  44. Sissi says:

    Frankly it looks like the first pumpkin sweet dish I might like! Soft, full of chocolate, nuts… it might make the pumpkin blandness disappear (I know, it’s strange, but I find it bland).

  45. Lisa says:

    THAT’S what I left out of mine…..the BOOZE! πŸ™‚ This looks yummy. I might have to add it to my long list of pumpkin goodies.

  46. Colleen says:

    Yum! I love pumpkin bread. And this looks even better with the cider and chocolate.

  47. peasepudding says:

    Looks delicious, love that you used cider in the mixture. Thanks for the referral to my pumpkin soup.

  48. Is cider really considered booze?? I’m really Katherine I was hoping for so much more. πŸ˜‰
    Sound delicious.

    • katherine says:

      Hmm, you have a point. Make sure to get a giant bottle or a six-pack so you’ll have something to drink with the bread. I kid you not I have an article in front of me that says Utah is one of the two states that’s drier than Arkansas. Per capita alcohol consumed 18.9 gallons (annually I guess) in Utah, 26.6 gallons in Arkansas. I think we can both try to get those numbers up!

      • I know that Liz and I are doing our part!

        Also Utah might be dead last in alcohol consumption, but the state is first in porn consumption. Seriously, this is one of the interesting things you learn when moving here. Tons of Mormons who enjoy the privacy of the internet. πŸ™‚

    • katherine says:

      Good grief! I am not searching for the answer, as I work, on where we rank. But I had never seen mega Adult stores until I moved South. Although, when we drove to the Finger Lakes there were quite a few in Pa.

  49. Holy Moly this looks fantastic. Very appealing – I love the addition of chocolate. It’s on my “to do” list for sure.

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  51. chocolate please! raisins are evil!

  52. Laura says:

    You’ve got me drooling yet again, Rufus! I am SO making this this weekend! Thank you!

  53. Jessica says:

    Yum, cider in pumpkin bread! I think Woodchuck even has pumpkin cider out right now, but have no idea what it’s like. May need to do research…

  54. onewomaninaricefield says:

    Uh…oh my god…yum!

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  56. I love the intensity that molasses adds to a dish, these flavors seem like a really good combination.

  57. kyoske says:

    So I’m not super wild about the combo of pumpkin and chocolate. But this looks amazing! Would it taste good without the chocolate?

  58. kyoske says:

    I am a big pecan fan so no argument there!

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  60. KBL~RAL-NC says:

    I love raisins, but not cooked into things, other than Cinnamon Raisin Bread, or maybe Oatmeal. I mostly prefer to eat them fresh. However, chocolate in this sounds far better anyway! I say don’t go messing up a good food with raisins in it, add chocolate instead! The darker the better.

    Btw, my roommate made some “to-die-for” pumpkin cookies…. twice The recipe really should be halved, it makes sooooo many & they are so good you’ll want to eat them all. I don’t recommend doing so. You’ll regert your attempts. Here’s the link”


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