I love breads made with root vegetables. It always yields really soft breads with good textures. Plus the breads tends to stay soft even on the 3rd day. I guess it helps retains the moisture in some way. Readers that know that I'm a bread making "addict" will know I love using root vegetables. (^_^) Pumpkin has got to be one of my top favorites. So today I want to share with you all this wonderful pumpkin bread recipe that I made...ehhh....like a week++ ago, heehee. Yeah...those backlogs are piling up. :P Nonetheless, I will post those recipes that I think it's worth cooking!
I got this great recipe from 孟老師烘焙園地, which is one of my favorite blogs to check out for good recipes. :) Although the recipe calls for "cooking" the pre-dough and chilling it up to 8 hours, these steps did yield a very rewarding end result. I did it a day ahead and almost forgotten about my pre dough, so it was chilled up to almost 24 hours. No harm done of course, so long as it not more then 2 days old, and stored properly in the fridge, you're good.
Haha, please pardon my bad shaping skill! I was only using my rough gauge instead using the weighing machine when portioning the dough. :P So this time I won't blog the shaping part, heehee. Okay, here is the recipe for this yummy bread: (note that my portion is 1.5 X of the original, so feel free to use the original protion)
Ingredients for Soft Pumpkin Milk Loaf (makes 1 standard 12" loaf and 4 buns)
Pumpkin pre dough:
150g pumpkin, peeled, steamed and pureed
30g bread flour
In a heatproof sauce pan, add in all the above ingredients, mix well until all is combined. Then start the fire and cook the mixture till it thickens, about a couple minutes. Let cool completely then store in container and chill in fridge for up to 8 hours before use.
All of the above pre dough
450g bread flour
60g caster sugar
3/4 tsp salt
6g active dry yeast (1.5tsp)
170ml fresh milk (you can start with 150ml and add as per needed)
35g unsalted butter, room temperature
- In a heavy duty mixer, add in all the above ingredient except the butter and knead everything together to form a soft pilable dough. Continue to knead/mix till the dough is not sticky, then add in the butter. Knead well till it reaches elastic and window panel stage. It took me about 20 to 25 minutes on my KA mixer at medium speed with 2 times of 2 minutes break in between.
- Let the dough proof in a well greased bowl for about 1.5hr to 2hrs or until it has doubled its size.
- Punch out the air and divide the dough in 600g and 4x70g or approximation to the weight you have with the dough. Shape the 600g portion for a loaf while the 4x70g portions for buns.
- Shape as desired, top with desired filling for buns and let proof for another 45mins. Preheat the oven to 180C while proofing.
- Glaze the dough tops with egg wash and bake in the oven for 28-30 minutes for loaf while 14 minutes for buns.
- Once done, remove from oven. Remove the loaf from the pan after 3 minutes and let cool completely before slicing.
I love how the bread turned out and so did my family. Here's a sneak peek at the soft texture of the bread:
If you are thinking about baking pumpkin bread, I urge you to try this out. I'm sure you family will love this bread as much as mine.
Have a good week ahead all!