Pumpkin “Perfection” BreadPosted: September 24, 2013
My solo weekend was everything I hoped and dreamed – the perfect mix of productivity and relaxation. How was yours?
I must say – I am totally in denial over the end of summer, but the barrage of autumn recipes, ingredients, and decor (yes, our house is officially pumpkinized for the season) always nudges me to embrace the change. Slowly.
I was ready to bake something fall on Sunday.
I had a couple of recipes out for consideration….we haven’t gone to the apple orchard yet, but have an excess of canned pumpkin. (I’m really not sure why, other than we’re hoarders and we also got about 15 cans from my mom when they moved. She also must be a hoarder.)
I landed on one from this cookbook:
Pumpkin Perfection Bread. I’m always happy to try lower fat recipes….I enjoy the possibility that they bring. While you can’t mess with the classic, full-fat versions (they really are the best), I like having lightened-up options. So I gave this a whirl.
First, the dry ingredients into a bowl: whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Now the pumpkin.
Mix until well combined.
Add the Lighter Bake, mix some more.
And the oatmeal, mix mix mix.
The dough was extremely thick. I contemplated adding more pineapple juice, but was nervous about disrupting the precise measurements needed for baking, so I didn’t.
Another slight deviation of the plan – I don’t own an 8×4 inch bread pan. I now think I should. I used my trusty 9×5.
The dough went into the oven….
….and came back out 45 minutes later looking pretty much the same.
Kind of a big, brown brick, no? (The kitchen smelled warm and delicious, though!)
Like the dough, the baked bread is really dense. I would even say, a tad dry. I’m not sure if that was because of the substitutions I made (Lighter Bake? Oatmeal?)….could I really have added more juice without consequence? Now I think I could have. I’d say even more pumpkin too, for moisture and extra pumpkiny-ness. That doesn’t really shine through here. As far as flavor, it’s good, but could use a little more cinnamon and nutmeg.
Presentation-wise, a smaller bread pan would lessen the brick factor. This is kind of a flat loaf!
Flat loaf, haha.
I think this recipe has potential with some tinkering. It’s not quite pumpkin perfection yet, but in time, my friends. 🙂