Prep 3 hrs
Cook 35 mins
Posted by request. This recipe comes from a cookbook compiled by the Food Editors of the Farm Journal called "Homemade Breads". The recipe says this bread has a "faint pumpkin pie taste". Pre-time includes rising time.
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1⁄4 cup shortening
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cardamom
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- 1⁄2 cup warm water (110°F - 115°F)
- 6 1⁄2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 1⁄2 cups seedless raisins, optional
- Scald milk; stir in pumpkin, shortening, sugar, salt and spices.
- Cool to luke warm.
- Sprinkle yeast on warm water; stir to dissolve.
- To the yeast, add 3 cups flour, the milk mixture, and eggs.
- Beat with electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally.
- Stir in raisins (if desired).
- Mix in enough remaining flour, a little at a time, first with a spoon and then with hands, to make a dough that leaves the sides of bowl.
- Turn onto lightly floured counter.
- Knead until smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes.
- (This step could probably be done with a KitchenAid Mixer and a bread hook for several minutes).
- Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and turn over to grease top.
- Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in size (about 1- 1 1/2 hours).
- Punch down.
- Turn out onto counter and divide dough in half.
- Shape in loafs and place in 2 greased 9X5X3-inch loaf pans.
- Brush tops of loaves with melted butter.
- Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 50 minutes.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F for about 35 minutes, or until bread tests done.
Great recipe and easy to follow. I made it on a humid night, so needed a bit more flour & kneading, but really great flavor and texture. This would make a wonderful sandwich loaf. I might up the spices a bit next time to try to get more of a pumpkin spice flavor as the flavors are VERY subtle as written.