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Pumpkin Bread

December 5, 2009
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This is a recipe I got from How to Eat a Cupcake, and I made it back in October… Very delayed post.

Ingredients:


1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 tablespoon active dry yeast
2/3 cup warm milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups puréed pumpkin, either fresh or canned
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used olive)
6 1/2 cups (approximately)  All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (I used 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon each ginger and nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves)

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, stir yeast into water to soften. Add milk, eggs, pumpkin, oil, 4 cups flour, brown sugar, salt, ginger and cardamom to yeast mixture. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes.

2. Gradually add remaining flour, a little at a time, until you have a dough stiff enough to knead. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead, adding flour as necessary, until you have a smooth, elastic dough.
3. Put dough into an oiled bowl. Turn once to coat entire ball of dough with oil. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

4. Turn dough out onto a lightly oiled work surface. Divide dough in half. Shape dough into loaves and place in well-greased 10×5-inch pans or, shape half into a loaf, and other half into 12 large dinner rolls. Cover with a towel and let rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.
5. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven. Loaves bake about 30 minutes (my 9×5 loaf was done at 25 minutes), rolls about 20. Check the internal temperature of each with an instant-read thermometer; a reading of 190°F means bread or rolls are done.
6. Immediately remove bread or rolls from pans and cool on a wire rack to prevent crust from becoming soggy. For a shiny crust, brush tops of bread or rolls lightly with vegetable oil. Makes 2 large loaves, or 1 large loaf and 12 dinner rolls.

This recipe ended up making two loaves for me. It was really good though, I felt like the flavour of the pumpkin just really came through the bread. I didn’t eat a lot of it, though my boyfriend and father were kind of all over it. It was really good with butter though! I ended up cutting a slice of and toasting it before putting on some butter and it was a nice breakfast for a fall day.

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