Often times Winter Warmers or Holiday Ales are brewed with special spices such as clove or cinnamon. These spices can make them a perfect pairing with holiday deserts such as pumpkin pie.
I love it when a single beer pairs so well with a recipe but I get down right giddy when two beers fit the bill so well. You will be able to find the Sam Adams mixed winter 12 pack just about anywhere. These two beers pair so well with desserts becauset heir residual sweetness and spicing makes them a dessert to begin with! Their spices resonate with the pumpkin crisp spices and their full-bodies resonate with the dessert's creamy goodness. The cayenne pepper spiced pecans add fun little kick that will only linger until your next bite crisp Pumpkin Crisp
1 Sugar Baby Pumpkin or 32oz of can of pumpkin
4 eggs slightly beaten
3 cups evaporated milk
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp salt
1 (2-layer) yellow cake mix
½ cup butter melted
1 cup chopped and spiced pecans
Cut and clean pumpkin into thin slices and roast them in the oven at 350° to develop an intense pumpkin taste and tender. Poke with a fork to test. This could take as long as an hour. If you need to speed upt he process put slices in the microwave for a couple of minutes until tender.
Put baked pumpkin flesh in a bowl (stand-up mixer is best) with whisk and beat on high until the pumpkin texture is smooth without any lumps.
Combine all but the last three ingredients. Pour into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over the top of the pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle spiced pecans on top of cake mixture. Drizzle melted butter over the top.
Bake for 350° for 1 hour