Prep 4 hrs
Cook 40 mins
A yeast bread made with pumpkin. From "Ultimate Bread". A good toast bread. Originally one of Cornelia's recipes.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into pieces or 15 ounces pumpkin puree
- 2 teaspoons dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 4 cups unbleached flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, to decorate
- Add pumpkin to a large pot of boiling salted water.
- Simmer until soft and completely cooked, about 20 minutes.
- Drain pumpkin, reserving liquid.
- Mash pumpkin and puree in blender or food processor.
- Allow pumpkin puree and reserved liquid cool to lukewarm.
- Sprinkle yeast into 1/4 cup of reserved liquid (if you're using canned pumpkin puree, use water instead).
- Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Add honey.
- Stir to dissolve.
- In a large bowl, combine flour and salt.
- Make a well in the centre.
- Pour in yeast mixture.
- Add pumpkin puree.
- Mix in flour gradually to make fairly firm, coarse, sticky dough.
- If it's too dry, add a little bit of the reserved liquid.
- Place dough on a lightly floured work surface.
- Knead until very smooth, silky and elastic (about 10 minutes).
- Place dough in a clean bowl, covering with a dish towel.
- Let rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Punch dough down.
- Let rest for 10 minutes.
- Shape dough into a round loaf.
- Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Cover with a dish towel.
- Proof until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Beat together egg yolk and milk and pinch salt.
- Using a pastry brush, brush dough with egg glaze.
- Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top.
- Bake in preheated 425 F oven for 40 minutes, until bread is golden and sounds hollow when you tap it underneath.
- Cool on a wire rack.
Thankyou for posting this recipe Cornelia. I made this bread in my breadmaker, using all the same ingredients. It had a definite pumpkin taste, but was a tad too sweet.
very good alternative to regular bread. i made it with 2 cups of whole wheat and 1 allpurpose flour, so it didnt rise as much. definately not a sweet bread, but it has a unique flavor and makes a mean toast! i think it would also be good for some grilled cheese-mozerella... but i would definately make it again