Monday, March 1, 2010

Blog Hop: Best Bread Recipe

Pumpkin Yeast Bread aka Heaven in a Loaf! (Click for original recipe link)
1/2 cup warm water
2 packages (2 tablespoons) active dry yeast (I like to use three)
2/3 cup warm milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups puréed pumpkin, either fresh or canned
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 1/2 cups (approximately) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
(I also add a good amount of cinnamon)

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.

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.

(At this point, I usually like to add raisins, and/or small spoonfuls of brown sugar in pockets of the dough) The brown sugar pockets, when melted are the BEST gooeyness.

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.

Turn dough out onto a lightly oiled work surface. Divide dough in half. Shape dough into loaves and place in well-greased 10 x 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.

Bake in a preheated 375°F oven. Loaves bake about 30 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.

Immediately remove bread or rolls from pans and cool on a wire rack to prevent crust from becoming soggy.

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Anonymous said...

yum yum yum yum yum

Brandi said...

That sounds delicious! Especially the brown sugar part! LOL Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am now your newest follower.

redkathy said...

Oh I love pumpkin bread! I'm going to try this in my bread machine, thanks for sharing it!

Victoria said...

Thank you for your nice comment on my blog! Your bread looks so good. I've never done the blog hop thing before so I don't know if I was supposed to have that thing at the bottom??? Thank you for visiting anyway:)

Suburban Hooker said...

Oh my gosh, this sounds so good I think my heart might have stopped for a sec!! I'm back now, thanks so much for posting this for me. I know it's just for me...hahah!

Sweet Joni said...

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my site & leaving a comment - On My Journey Toward Heaven :)

Yes, it's VERY delicious & quick to make. A taste of Heaven for all the guests... it's even possible to cut the recipe & make a batch without frosting for the diabetics at heart ;)

Your bread looks yummy!!!