Pumpkin bread success!
I dont have any photos as the camera's battery went flat :S But the pumpkin bread was soooo great and tasted wonderful. it even had pumpkin flavour and was quite yellow.
2/3 of a butternut pumpkin/squash chopped. seeded, peeled, boiled, drained and mashed.
500 grams of bread flour. (I used 1/3 cup of gluten glour which was approx 50g and made up the excess of weight with 100g spelt flour, 200g wheat wholemeal flour, 100g of white flour and made the rest up with rye approx 50g maybe a bit more.)
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast.
1/2 to 2/3 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of buttermilk-extra incase dough is dry.
1 pinch nutmeg
1 pinch cinnamon (like 1/8 teaspoon each)
peppittas or pumpkin seeds to decorate.
Extra flour for kneading
1 egg beaten for egg wash.
Put the flours, salt and yeast in a large bowl. mix to distribute.
Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the mashed potato...still warm, the spices and the buttermilk. Mix to combine into a sticky ball. add extra buttermilk if too dry and add extra flour if too wet. it should come together into a sticky ball. it will be moist and sticky, but not difficult to handle.
Knead this for about 10-12 mins, keep flouring the bench as I found it was very sticky. After 8 mins or so it does become pliable and soft, but still sticks easily to your hands.
oil a bowl and leave it to rise for about 90 mins or until it doubles in size.
Fold a few times to give it some extra strength and leave it to rise again for maybe an hour.
Shape, cover in pumpkin seeds and let proof. It actually proofs quite fast, I think it is because of the sugars in the pumpkin and preheat the oven to 200deg celcius.
Slash the loaf and coat with egg wash. place in the oven and steam. keep spraying walls (or what ever your steaming habbits are) for the first 5 mins at 30 sec-1 min intervals.
Bake for about 45 mins.
We cut it when it was still warm and the crumb was still a tiny but sticky or moist but today it is fine. It really is a lovely bread. great with stuffed squash (thanks for the recipe jmonkey)
I will be making this again, and next time I will take a picture!
I hoipe who ever tries this they enjoy it. Myself and my dinner guests did!