Monday, August 17, 2009

Pumpkin Bread!

I'm baking the bread as I write this blog, and let me tell you, very few things in this world smell better than this bread when it's baking. Man oh man, does it smell heavenly!
This is one of Mikey's favorite things (next to Kalamata Olive bread) so I'm making it for him before he goes back to college next weekend. It's also a huge favorite with the gang I go to the lake with.

I got the original recipe for this from The New Book of Favorite Breads from Rose Lane Farm cookbook. I've modified it slightly and made it my own. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Bread

Combine and allow to stand until foamy:

1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp ginger
2 pkgs dry yeast

Then add:

3/4 cup warm milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup soft butter
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup flour

Mix well and add another four cups of flour, one cup at a time, kneading in more flour if necessary to make a soft, non-sticky dough. Let rise in greased bowl, covered, until doubled in bulk.

Punch down and knead dough until elastic and then cut into six equal portions. Roll each portion into a rope about 16 inches long. Braid ropes into two loaves. Place braids longways on large greased cookie sheet. Cover with a dish towel and allow to rise until double in size and a fingerprint on the dough stays put and doesn't bounce back.

Bake 35 min at 350. Remove from oven and brush with milk or evaporated milk. Return to oven for another 10 min.

Be sure to take a stick of butter out of the fridge to let it soften up while the bread is rising and baking. Trust me, you're gonna want it!


  1. Cheryl the bread looks yummy and the hunk too. My hands are itching to grab those mouth watering hunkybuns *sigh* Now who wants to do the honors of tying him with those chains? ;) Donna, Ana, Cheryl. . . come on Lisa I know you’re dying to lip lock with this one or has Sharon beat you to it? lol!

  2. That bread does sound good. I was never a big fan of pumpkin, only pumpkin seeds. So maybe I should try this bread?

    As for the hunkybuns man...Mmm mm I want to get some inspecting done. But Leslie you did comment first so I'll tie him up and you can go first :D

  3. Hello PUMPKIN, This is some nice BUNS and Bread we have today.
    I think Cheryl has already Tasted the Bread. And set Corey free for US. Thanks Cheryl, Really looks and smells delicious.
    ANA and Leslie this Boy has some fine looking HUNKY BUNS. I hope you got your fill.

  4. I can't vouch for Corey, but the pumpkin bread is already gone, and I only made it Saturday night!

  5. Oh, YUMMY, Cheryl! On both counts! That bread would be a hit at my house, I'll have to try it. I have a terrible weakness for bread, and there's NOTHING like the smell when you've baked it yourself, I agree! Enjoy your last week with Mikey home:-)

  6. Morning! The buns and bread look very good! Homemade bread of any sort would not last long at all in my house. We all love bread! It wouldn't have lasted long here either. I'm surprised you had time to take a picture of it!

    Have a great time at the lake?

  7. Kendra,
    We have a weakness for homemade bread around here, too, which is why I don't make it very often.

  8. Lisa,
    I took the picture before I told anyone it was done!

  9. I clicked on this guys bare buns and wow!!

  10. I know I'm a day late, but I have to say...I love Monday Moons!