Like most of America, my family loves pumpkin spice everything. The rich aromas of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are literally symbolic of the autumn season. However, in all the madness about pumpkin spice, we have forgotten about the true celebration of flavors and simply been carried away with layer, upon layer of sugar. Where are the foods that let you purely embrace the rich, earthy flavors of roasted pumpkin and spices?
“In all the madness about pumpkin spice, we have forgotten about the true celebration of flavors and simply been carried away with layer, upon layer of sugar.”
Fall foods are deeply romantic and inviting, making you want to curl up in front of a fire on a rainy day. In many ways, they are the ultimate comfort food.They are rich, dynamic and full of soul. My favorites fall dishes are the ones that combine roasted pumpkin (or squash) and the traditional spices of India. Garam Masala contains many of the familiar pumpkin spice flavors that we know and love with a few extras that bring out those delectable savory notes. Our favorite Garam Masala comes from Spiceologist , our local gourmet spice blender based in Spokane, WA. If you don’t have any Garam Masala use your favorite pumpkin pie spice blend, it will be amazing! An extra pinch of turmeric will create a brilliant orange color for this delicate bread.
I have developed this recipe using our Snacktivist Foods all-purpose flour to bring together all of your favorite pumpkin spice flavors and deliver them in one beautiful slice of bread. It really is the comfort food trifecta! This recipe is simple, yet the finished product tastes complex. It can be enjoyed plain, toasted with apple butter, dipped in your favorite oil or used for making a sandwich (Thanksgiving leftovers just found a new home). It also makes great french toast. This bread is guaranteed to become your family’s new favorite staple for Thanksgiving! See our website for more information: www.snacktivistfoods.com
Preheat oven to 450F
In a large bowl:
1 ¼ cup warm water (90-105F)
2 ½ tsp yeast (instant-rapid rise)
½ cup pumpkin puree (canned or cooked pureed)
1 tsp cider vinegar
Then into the same bowl, add:
16oz bag of Snacktivist Foods All-purpose flour
1 TBSP Sugar or Brown Sugar
1 ¾ tsp salt
*Garam Masala is an Indian spice blend with many of the same familiar flavors of pumpkin spice but with a savory, delicious twist. It is outstanding in this bread and great in pumpkin dishes in general. An extra pinch of turmeric (1/4 tsp) will give a brilliant orange color! Regular pumpkin spice blend works well too and you can add an additional 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar if you want it to be a sweet bread.
Stir in 2 TBSP oil of choice (or melted butter)
Optional: Mix in ¼ cup lightly salted and roasted pumpkin seeds (shelled)
May add 1-2 Tbsp of water if dough appears too dry, dough should be sticky but workable
Using spatula, scoop the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Liberally wet hands and smooth ball of dough into desired shape (work the dough like you would work clay, there is no gluten so you will not be able to stretch or knead this bread).
After shaping and smoothing is done, use basting brush or hands to apply oil to surface of the loaf. Then use sharp knife to score the top of the loaf, sprinkle top with pumpkin seeds.
Let rise in a warm spot for 25-30 minutes. I let mine rise on top of the stove or near the oven, it is usually the warmest place in the house!
Bake at 475F on center oven rack for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown and makes a hollow sound when the top is tapped. Let cool at least 30 minutes before slicing (this is the hardest part!)
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