A nice hearty and health loaf of bread. Unlike most pumpkin breads this one is yeast risen rather than a quick bread. Yeast breads require a bit of expierence in judgement as to proper amount of flour to add at the end, so yeast recipes are not easy for first time bakers. But expierience has to start some where and this one is not that difficult.
- 3 1⁄4-3 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄8-1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3⁄4 cup milk
- 1⁄4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons margarine or 2 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup canned pumpkin
- 3⁄4 cup walnuts or 3⁄4 cup pecans
- 3⁄4 cup chocolate chips
- milk (for brushing on top)
- In a large mixing bowl stir together 1-1/2 cups of the flour, the yeast, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves; set aside.
- In a 1-quart saucepan heat and stir milk, brown sugar, margarine or butter, and salt just until warm (120ºF to 130ºF) and margarine is almost melted.
- Add to the flour mixture; add pumpkin.
- Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl constantly.
- Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.
- Using a wooden spoon, stir in nuts, chocolate chips and as much of the remaining flour as you can while still keeping a pliable dough.
- Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface.
- Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total).
- Shape into a ball.
- Place in a lightly greased bowl; turn once to grease the surface.
- Cover and let rise in warm place until double (30 to 45 minutes).
- Punch dough down.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Lightly grease an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan.
- Shape dough into a loaf; place in the prepared pan.
- Cover and let rise until double (25 to 30 minutes).
- Brush top with milk.
- Bake in a 375ºF oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
- If necessary, cover with foil the last 10 to 15 minutes to prevent overbrowning.
- Remove from pan.
- Cool on a wire rack.
I tagged this recipe for the Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup game, because I had been wanting to try it for quite a while. I make bread (usually successfully) all the time, but something went wrong here, and I'm not completely sure what it was. The bread I got, while sweet, and pretty nice tasting, really should have risen quite a lot more than it did. I had trouble with the amount of flour, and think maybe it would have been better if I had used less flour. I will probably try again sometime and post an update then. Thank you for the delicious sounding recipe. No stars, because I don't know why my bread didn't turn out very well.
A family favorite! I increased choc chips to 1c and omitted the nuts. I made the dough (without choc chips) in the bread machine, then braided the dough. I patted in 1/3c choc chip to each of the 3 strips before braiding; this technique helped distribute the choc chips very evenly! Baked 340F for 30 min.
I enjoyed this bread very much. I did make a few changes but that was just to my taste. I followed the rising and kneading times and ended up with a large hearty loaf. It was great at my first Turkey dinner of the fall and toasted up well, also... I added 1/3 cup of molasses to the milk mixture as well as a heaping tablespoon of honey. I did not use choc. chips but raisins instead. I also choose pecans. I will be making this again, and again this fall. Thanks, Yours Truly, BWABM (better w/o a bread machine)