By: Merrimack Valley Distributing Company Published:
With the arrival of the holidays, we thought something sweet was in order. This simple banana gingerbread recipe combines the best of both ingredients to make your kitchen smell wonderful. It's perfect with your morning coffee, before the day gets busy, and will keep guests happy 'til the main meal is ready. We hope you enjoy it!
UFO Gingerland Banana Bread
Adapted from Beer And Baking.com
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- ¼ cup UFO Gingerland
- 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
- ¼ cup of UFO Gingerland
- Preheat oven to 350. Make sure rack is in the middle of oven. Grease a bread pan with unsalted butter, making sure it’s fully covered so bread doesn’t stick. You can also use baking spray.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon. In a separate bowl whisk eggs until frothy. Add banana, melted butter and UFO Gingerland beer. Mix so there are no big chunks of banana; then start adding the dry mix. Mix until incorporated and do not over-mix.
- Fold in walnuts with a spatula and then scrape mixture into prepared bread pan.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes. Be sure to rotate bread about halfway through so it bakes evenly. Check the bread using a toothpick. It should be slightly on the moist side. Allow to cool on wire rack for at least 30 minutes. After the bread has cooled it should slide right out the pan. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
- Whisk together the powdered sugar, corn syrup and UFO Gingerland beer. If the mixture looks too loose then add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add a little more beer.
- Pour the frosting over the bread and allow it to drip down. We placed the bread on a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet so the frosting would not drip everywhere. Enjoy!
By: Digital Marketing Published:
One of our retail customers, Green Turtle, features a one-on-one interview segment in their monthly newsletter highlighting guests from all walks (or crawls) of life. Most recently they interviewed Sean Cornelius, Head Brewer here at Harpoon Brewery, and lover of all things IPA (Harpoon IPA, that is…). Check out his interview below, best enjoyed with a pint of Harpoon IPA.
The Greene Turtle: Sean, thanks for joining us. I’m looking forward to learning more about you and Harpoon Brewery.
Sean Cornelius: Thanks for having me, uh, Greene? Turtle? Not sure what to call you.
TGT: Turtle is fine. I’m one of those cool people that gets referred to by his last name. Well, if you’re ready, I’ll fire away. First things first. I’m excited to have Harpoon’s UFO Pumpkin Ale as our Beer of the Month. What would you pair it with on our menu?
SC: The Gridiron Burger looks like a textbook pairing, but I’d start with a cup of chili and a PUFO, then crush the Hog Hammers with a PUFO, then get into the burger. I tend to skip dessert, as I’m sweet enough.
TGT: That is the most perfect answer in the history of answers. Next up. What did you want to be when you grew up? Unless the answer is “brewer”, in which case, congratulations.
SC: I thought about the ballet, enjoyed the tights, but just couldn’t fit into the toe shoes. Fortunately Brewers Boots fit.
TGT: You should make a new beer and call it, “An Evening at the Beer-let”. We all know that you have a pretty awesome job, but if you had to spend a workday moving at a turtle’s pace, what would frustrate you most?
SC: Walking the 20 yards from my desk to the break room to fill up my IPA mug.
TGT: With coffee, no doubt. You’re on a deserted island. You can only bring one beer with you. What is it?
SC: Harpoon IPA. My back up? Harpoon IPA.
TGT: Saison, Pumpkin Ale, IPA. You have to marry one, date one, and never speak to one again. Go.
SC: I’d marry IPA, and she’s the jealous type and would most likely kill the other two off.
TGT: Sounds like IPA could use a bit of counseling. Which six beers would go in your ultimate variety pack?
SC: Six Harpoon IPAs, but I’m not opposed to variety. They could be in bottle or can.
TGT: I’m sensing a theme here. Let’s venture in another direction briefly. If you had a shell, of what would it be made?
SC: Empty Harpoon IPA cans. I have an abundance at home.
TGT: I should have known. Well, I’m guessing if you sat at one of my bars and had a beer, it would be a Harpoon IPA, but who would you be sitting next to, if you had your choice of anyone in the world, living or dead?
SC: My wife, the most interesting woman in the world. She too would be having an IPA.
TGT: Brownie points earned. We’ll make sure to send a copy of the newsletter to your wife. Finally, what’s the best part of making beer all day and getting paid for it?
SC: Making beer all day and getting paid for it.
TGT: Who’s on first?
TGT: Thanks for your time, Sean.