Spicy Pumpkin Yeast Bread #Bread Bakers
The October Bread Bakers theme is Hearty Fall Breads hosted by Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm. Thank you Wendy for a this lovely theme. Though we don't have fall, the theme has given me the opportunity to bake with pumpkin which I have not done so before. We get pumpkin practically throughout the year. Its a much ignored vegetable or rather fruit. It is usually used as a side dish instead of potatoes, made into a soup or the tender leaves are used to make a local dish called mukimo.
I decided to bake a pumpkin yeast bread and began my search for the perfect recipe. The light orange hue and well risen loaf baked by Killer Bunnies.inc tempted me try her recipe out with a few additions of my own. I didn't get the orange hued bread as the brown sugar I used is dark. While the bread was baking, my whole house smelt of the delightful aroma of the spices. The dough became a bit soft to handle after the first rise. Tried to handle it with as little flour as possible. I could not shape it well so decided to make a ball and dumped it into a cake tin. But the end result was really delicious and hubby dear loved it.
NB : I roasted the sliced pumpkin in the oven at 180°C for 30 minutes. Scooped out the flesh and meshed it. This way I got pumpkin puree that was thick.
SPICY PUMPKIN YEAST BREAD
Makes 1 loaf
1½ cups wheat flour (atta)
1½ cups plain flour (all purpose flour/maida)
1 tsp salt
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ tsp clove powder
½ tsp nutmeg powder
½ tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp ginger powder
2 tsp cinnamon powder
2¼tsp instant active dry yeast
¼ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup raisins
3 tbsp butter
1 cup pumpkin puree
¾ cup warm milk
- Soak the raisins in warm water for 30 minutes or till they become plump. Drain out any extra water.
- Sift both the flours, spices and salt together into a bowl.
- Add yeast and sugar. Mix the flour.
- Mix the pumpkin puree with the warm milk.
- Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour and bring it together with a spatula.
- I kneaded the dough using my dough machine. Let it knead for 5 minutes. At intervals keep on adding a bit of butter.
- Add the walnuts and raisins.
- Dust the worktop or board with flour. Form the dough into a big ball.
- Grease the bowl lightly with butter.
- Place the dough in the bowl. Cover it with a cling film and keep it in a warm place.
- The dough should become double the size. Mine took about 1hr and 30 minutes.
- Dust the worktop or board with flour again. Knead the dough gently.
- Grease a round tin (8 to 10") or a loaf tin (9 X 5") with butter or oil.
- Shape the dough and place it in the tin.
- Cover it with a tea towel or a shower cap. Let it rise again till the top rises about an inch above the rim of the loaf tin or till its double the size. Mine took only 40 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Brush the top with milk.
- Place the tin in the hot oven to bake.
- Bake for 20 minutes and check the bread. If the top is already golden brown, then cover it with a foil.
- Bake for another 10 -15 minutes.
- Remove the tin from the oven. Place the loaf on a wire rack to cool.
- To make pumpkin puree at home, I cut the pumpkin into pieces. Scooped out the seeds and fiber. Brushed it with oil. Placed the pieces in a baking tray and roasted it for 25 -30 minutes at 180°C. Scooped out the flesh and mashed it completely.
- If you add an egg to the dough, reduce the amount of milk.
- ¼ cup each of raisins and walnuts were too little. I would definitely add more next time.
- Serve the bread toasted with butter, jam or marmalade of your choice.
You may want to check out the following :
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- Browned Butter Semolina Pumpkin Bread from Sizzling Tastebuds
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- Fall Harvest Bread from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Fig Focaccia from My Catholic Kitchen
- Harvest Grains Bread from Hostess At Heart
- Mr. Potato Bread from What Smells So Good?
- Multigrain Bread With Seeds from Sneha's Recipe
- Pumpkin and Apple Cornmeal Griddle Cakes from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pumpkin Bread from la cocina de Aisha
- Pumpkin Breadfrom Sara's Tasty Buds
- Pumpkin Bread Rolls from SpiceRoots
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- Pumpkin Dinner Rolls with Cinnamon Butter from Bread Therapy
- Pumpkin, Poppy & Papaya Seeded Breadsticks from G'Gina's Kitchenette
- Pumpkin Raisin Bagels from Cook's Hideout
- Pumpkin Saffron Yeast Biscuits from The Schizo Chef
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- Sesame Seeded Semolina Bread from Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Spicy Pumpkin Yeast Bread from Mayuri’s Jikoni
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