Recipe

Seeded pumpkin bread

  • 2 hrs cooking
  • Serves 8
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Ingredients

Seeded pumpkin bread
  • 900 gram butternut pumpkin, halved lengthways, seeds removed
  • 2 teaspoon (7g) dried yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/3 cup (200g) wholemeal plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 cup (300g) bread flour or plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1/2 cup (75g) sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon linseeds
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt flakes
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly
  • 2 tablespoon pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 teaspoon poppy seeds

Method

Seeded pumpkin bread
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • 2
    Place pumpkin on an oven tray, cover with foil; bake for 1¼ hours or until very tender. When cool enough to handle, scoop flesh into a medium bowl; mash with a fork. You will need 1½ cups mashed pumpkin.
  • 3
    Combine yeast, honey and the water in a small bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Stand in a warm place for 10 minutes or until frothy. Stir in oil.
  • 4
    Combine flours, seeds and salt in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture and mashed pumpkin; mix to a soft dough. Knead dough on a floured surface for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. (If you have an electric mixer with a dough hook, mix on medium speed for 6 minutes or until smooth and elastic.) Place dough in a large oiled bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Stand in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • 5
    Increase oven to 220°C. Punch down the dough with your fist. Knead on a floured surface 1 minute or until smooth. Shape dough into a 20cm round; place on a large oiled oven tray. Cover loosely with oiled plastic wrap. Stand in a warm place for 40 minutes or until almost doubled in size.
  • 6
    Brush dough with egg, sprinkle with pepitas and poppy seeds. Using a sharp, thin-bladed knife, make five shallow cuts across the top of the dough. Bake for 20 minutes. Reduce oven to 180°C; bake a further 10 minutes or until golden and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.

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