• Andy Thompson

#isobaking - Pumpkin Bread

As the lockdown continues, the chefs keep pumping out some delicious morsels from their own kitchens. Why not try your hand at this delicious pumpkin bread recipe. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Bread Recipe


450g pumpkin

350g water

1kg strong white flour

30g salt

20g yeast

50g pumpkin seeds

50g olive oil

First of all dice the pumpkin and saute in the olive oil with the salt until tender, about 20 mins. Then add the water and blitz into puree. Leave to cool a bit until luke warm then add all ingredients together and start mixing to form dough. Turn out onto work top. The dough will be quite wet and sticky but continue kneading for 10 mins, your arms should be burning if you are working it hard enough. It should start to turn smooth after a while of working it. Place the dough into a large bowl and leave somewhere warm for at least an hour or until doubled in size.

After the dough has doubled in size (this may take more than an hour depending on the surrounding temperature), turn it out onto a work surface and divide into portions, if you want to make loaves then divide into 2 or if wanting to make rolls divide into 6/8. Roll the divided dough into separate balls and leave covered with a tea towel on the worktop for 10 mins. After the dough has relaxed it is ready for the final shape. Flatten the ball out and fold the sides in to give it some structure. When finished shaping place finished dough onto a sheet pan and cover with a tea towel, this time we will let it rise for a further 30/40 mins or until doubled in size again. This is also a good time to turn the oven on to full whack.

When the oven is hot and the bread has doubled in size, score the bread with a sharp knife, cutting as quickly as possible to avoid squishing it. Then place directly into hot oven and bake for 10 mins before reducing temperature to 170 celsius. Bake for a further 30/40 mins or until golden and crusty. Larger loaves will take longer, try tapping the bottom of the loaf and if it sounds hollow its ready. It is very important you cook this bread until sounding hollow as it is very moist and easy to undercook and collapse.

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