Just started this off this evening. Looking forward to cooking it
tomorrow. The recipe doesn't say when to add the nuts or rosemary but
I assume it is at stage 2 when it mentions dry ingredients.
What you'll need . . .
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (plain, this isn't a sweet or spiced pumpkin
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon tepid water (or a bit more depending)
1/4 teaspoon dry active yeast
1-1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups bread flour
1 cup wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raw crushed walnuts
1 generous tablespoon rosemary (I used dried, but am sure fresh would
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours and yeast. Then add
in the salt.
Make an impression with your fist inside the dry ingredients and then
plop in the pumpkin puree and water.
Mix together -- this should be relatively easy . . . and if it isn't,
add a bit more tepid water. I ended up using my hands because it was
just easier for me . . . however, keep in mind, the dough will be
very, very, VERY sticky.
Cover the bowl with a piece of oiled plastic wrap and put in a warm
place to rise for anywhere between 12 and 18 hours. (I went to work
after mixing mine . . . and only waited 12 hours, but I've always
heard it's best to wait even longer.)
After that time has passed, generously flour a work surface and use a
spatula to scrape your bubbly dough onto it.
Flour your hands and pat down the loaf into a square shape. Then fold
each of the sides in toward the middle and flip over -- seam-side down
-- and gently shape into a round loaf.
Put some cornmeal down on a baking sheet . . . and transfer the loaf
to it to rise for another 2 hours (again, cover with a towel or oiled
plastic wrap). Make sure to get the cornmeal on there, or you'll find
your loaf sticking to the pan.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Also place a pie plate on the
bottom rack -- half full of water. I also used a pizza stone to bake
my bread. So if you have one, also place the pizza stone in the oven
as it preheats. (If not, you're fine -- you'll just use the sheet the
dough is currently rising upon.)
With a knife, slice a 1/2 inch deep cut into the top of your loaf.
Place your loaf in the oven (middle rack) to bake by either placing it
on the pizza stone or simply sliding in the baking sheet. You'll want
to bake it for about 25 minutes . . . then check to see how it's
doing . . . then baking for approx. another 25 more -- until the crust
is golden brown. If your crust starts burning, you may wish to cover
it with a piece of tin-foil while you continue baking.
- posted 10 years ago