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Roasted Butternut Squash Sourdough with Seeds

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ifs201

Roasted Butternut Squash Sourdough with Seeds

 

This was my take on the roasted butternut squash sourdough by Sarah Owens, but I decided to sub out the flours and make a savory version by replacing cherries with sunflower and pumpkin seeds. The hydration was only 55% before the squash and this was definitely the most disappointing crumb I have had in the last few months, but I hope it makes a decent sandwich bread. Maybe I should have developed the dough more in the mixing stage? 

 

T8525%223
Spelt15%126
Rye calc5%42
Bread flour calc55%

450

 

4:00 AMAutolyse leaving some flour out 
5:30 AMMix 4 min autolyse, levain, extra flour left out, and squash puree 
5:50 AMMix 4 min add honey, salt 
6:30 AMStart Coil Fold on counter 
7:00 AMLamination and add seeds (pumpkin and sunflower) 
 Coil fold 3x 30 min apart 
10:40 AMpre-shape & shape + 30 min on counter 
 Into fridge 
8:40 PMBake 25 min at 475 degree target and then 450 degrees. 
   

Comments

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

My butternut squash bread crumb when cooled came out heavy and I wasn't too happy with the rising "sour" aspect of my bread as it aged.  I could also taste a subtle bitterness which may be typical of squash with sourdough.  I'm switching to plain yeast or carrots or jams to compare. 

Mini

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ifs201

Hi Mini,

I think the bread tastes okay, but as you mention it was a little bit more sour/bitter than I expected especially given how sweet the squash was. I can't comment on the aging piece as I immediately sliced the bread and put it in the freezer. My comment on the crumb was mostly based on how closed it was. I made a loaf a few weeks back using carrot and it was a much, much nicer crumb. The carrot loaves used less carrot (100g versus 300g) and had a higher hydration which probably made a big difference. 

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Mini Oven

Mini

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Hotbake

I've tried roasted pumpkin which should be similar to squash I'd guess! I wouldn't have guessed it gets bitter with squash 🤔

Anyway the crumb looks tender to me! I got the similar kind of crumb when I use a lot of beans/pumpkin, they would be on the dense side but super moist and tender! Regular potato seemed to create a lighter product

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ifs201

I thought maybe the bitter flavor came more from the seeds than the squash. I think it's a perfectly good bread, but definitely doesn't make it on my favorites list. I want to try carrot again!

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Rustic Rye

Hi ifs201!

Do you recall the percentages of squash puree and seeds you added to the bread? Also, did you toast the seeds before adding them? 

Thanks! 

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ifs201

Sorry, just saw this! I did 300g of caramelized roasted squash (just over 30%) and 120g seeds (or 12%). I toasted all of the seeds and then I soaked them in a tiny bit of water. 

 

-Ilene