I had never prepared a pumkin bread. To tell you the truth, I rarely buy pumpkin, as my children don’t like it at all and I never think about cooking it – even if I have eaten delicious dishes prepared with pumpkin.
But when I saw this pumpkin bread I couldn’t resist. Me and my Italian quote Anche l’occhio vuole la sua parte (the sight wants its part too meaning the things have also to please our sight) decided I HAD to prepare this cute bread.
It is easy to prepare. The pretty detail is to create the pumpkin shape, that is easily done with a kitchen twine (step by step photos below). I found this cute recipe on the Italian blog Il Mio Saper Fare.
It is a savory bread that goes pretty well for dinner, and it is great when toasted.
Enjoy and have fun preparing your pumpkin bread 😉
- 2¾ cup/ 400 g bread flour
- 1 cup/ 250 g pumpkin (already peeled and clean)
- ½ cube/ 12 g baker's yeast
- ½ cup + 2 tsp / 140 ml water
- 1 tsp/10 g salt
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp honey
- Wash the pumpkin and cut it in small cubes. Put it into a pan with half of the water and let it cook until well done, using a lid. Let it cool and don't eliminate the remaining water.
- Melt the yeast in the remaining water, adding the honey and mixing until well combined.
- Put all the ingredients into your kneading machine and knead for 10 minutes.
- Transfer it to a greased bowl and let it rise for 1 hour.
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface and open it and then fold ¼ towards the inside part, so the opposite side. Turn it 90° and repeat with the other two sides.
- Create a ball and put it into the bowl again and let it double in size (a couple of hours or more, depending on the temperature of the room).
- When it's done, tie it with a twine for 4 times as seen n the photos, creating the pumpkin shape.
- Transfer it to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and let it rise for 30 minutes more.
- Turn on the oven to 400°F/200°C.
- Brush the bread with extra virgin olive oil before baking and add a pumpkin or zucchini peduncle to its center.
- Bake it for 30/40 minutes or until golden colored.
- Buon appetito!
5 thoughts on “Easy Pumpkin Bread”
Do we melt the yeast in the remaining water in which the pumpkin was cooked?
No, I mean the remaining water as we don’t use all the water for cooking the pumpkin.
Is it clear? 😉
Hi there. I’m attempting to make the easy pumpkin bread. Is it okay to use canned pumpkin puree in place of the fresh pumpkin? If so, is it still one cup or less?
I never used pumpkin puree, but I believe it works. In this case I would use 1 cup of puree and ignore the 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp needed to boil it.
Thank you 🙂