Friday, November 18, 2011

Pumpkin Yeast Bread: Rustic Loaf

pumpkin bread
When people hear "pumpkin bread" they immediately think of the sweet quick bread version, but this is the yeast bread version. It is not very sweet. Instead the pumpkin shows its savory side. It can be made sweeter by folding in some cinnamon sugar at the last shaping, and dusting the finished loaf with powdered sugar. Raisins may also be used in the dough.

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1/4 cup white sugar, and 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup oil or melted butter
1/2 cup walnuts (or more)
2 cups bread flour
2 cups all purpose flour

Mix the first 7 ingredients together. Then add the nuts, followed by the bread flour. Add enough of the all purpose flour to make a soft dough. Knead lightly and form it into a ball. Allow dough to rise 2 hrs, tap it down and form into a ball again. Let rise 1 more hour. Shape dough into 2 round loaves and let rise until doubled in bulk. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 min. Enjoy it slightly warm.