Freckled, Pumpkin Yeast Bread

| 10/7/2015 11:01:00 AM

Freckled Pumpkin Yeast BreadIt’s pumpkin season, which means pumpkin flavored items are popping up everywhere. The airwaves and reader boards are replete with ads for pumpkin lattes, pumpkin scones, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin ice cream treats and even pumpkin milkshakes.

I get it. I like pumpkin too. But all that sweetness is a bit much for me. So when I found myself with leftover pumpkin puree after making a batch of homemade Pumpkin-Blueberry Muffins, I knew just what to make – a pumpkin flavored yeast bread that wasn’t sweet and that left out the typical pumpkin pie related spices.

Ingredient Substitutes

1. The bread is freckled with chopped pecans, but toasted walnuts or even dried cranberries would work equally well.

2. Pumpkin puree adds a savory flavor and helps keep the bread soft. Cooked, mashed buttercup or Hubbard winter squash would make a nice substitute, although it would give the bread a more delicate flavor.

3. I used some Kamut® flour to add whole grains and because its nutty flavor enhances the pumpkin. White whole wheat or additional all-purpose flour could be used instead.

11/9/2015 12:13:25 AM

Well, this is the most amazing loaf of bread. I have been baking bread for decades. I didn't follow the recipe exactly, but this is a wonderful basic recipe and I got some of the best bread I ever had using this recipe. My modifications were: 1Tbsp ea wheat gluten and powdered milk, 3/16 tsp organic guar gum (i put this in all baked products to help emulsify) and used butter instead of oil. Also 3/4C mixed seeds instead of pecans. Proofed in my oven: bowl of hot water in oven heated to 170F then turned off. Bowl for loaf and loaf greased with butter as well. I did this because it was too cold to rise at room temp today. And I wanted to try this before I spent big bucks on a proofing oven. Don't think I'll need to do that. Took about 1-1/2 hrs to double. Punched down and put into my bread machine, let it rise again on room air. Baked beautifully in my long slender bread loaf. Beautiful crumb and close even texture. I am a very happy camper. THANK YOU. Waited until cold to slice, then had wonderful toast!

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