Indulge your craving for pumpkin with this yeast pumpkin bread
Every October I post a recipe for something using pumpkin. There's just something about pumpkin flavored foods as the weather turns chilly. Plus, we are big fans of pumpkin around here. Most recipes for pumpkin bread are of the quick bread variety - more muffin-like than bread-like. Delicious but not necessarily something you want to have alongside a bowl of soup for dinner. Today's recipe is the best yeast-based pumpkin bread recipe I've ever found and it's a favorite in our house.
Get out the bread maker (you know the one you got as a wedding gift but hardly ever use) and make this bread. It will make your whole house smell so good that your family will be thanking you before they even try it. And then when they have some warm with butter they will hug you. And then tomorrow when you lightly toast a slice and put apple butter on top... you'll think you've died and gone to heaven.
From the Betty Crocker Bread Machine Cookbook. I believe in big portions so I’ll give you the 2 pound recipe – if you want the smaller one go find the book.
- 1 cup canned pumpkin (pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling – pumpkin)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 TB water
- 3/4 tsp vanilla
- 2 TB butter, softened
- 4 cups bread flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (see note at end)
- 1 3/4 tsp bread machine or quick active dry yeast
Measure carefully, placing all ingredients in the bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
Select the sweet or basic/white cycle on your machine with the light crust color. Do not delay the cycle.
Remove baked bread when the machine beeps and eat it hot. It’s really yummy with some apple butter too.
note: if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice: mix 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/8 tsp allspice and 1/8 tsp nutmeg. voila! pumpkin pie spice
Barb lives in Crown Point with a hungry family that includes three kids. You can find her out running, playing on the shores of her favorite Lake Michigan, on Twitter and writing her daily blog, Quick Like A Bunny where you never know what she'll be talking about.