Pumpkin No-Knead Bread

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.
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What you'll need . . .
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (plain, this isn't a sweet or spiced pumpkin bread) 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 work wonderfully)
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.
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Serious Sid
Woah that was a nice bread! The crust was very dark and crunchy whilst the crumb was moist and crumbly. It did make a big loaf, bigger than I was expecting. Ate it with a lovely beef stew and it went down nicely.
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Lee

This sounds lovely. I don't usually have pumpkin seeds hanging around. Not hard to get though. The tablespoon of dried rosemary scares me a little. I love rosemary, but it can be rather strong and almost soapy tasting in large amounts.
How did you think the tablespoon of rosemary balanced out in the finished product?
Lynne
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King's Crown
Hi
I didn't use the pumpkin seeds and swapped in some crushed mixed nuts I had. Also I picked some fresh rosemary from my garden instead of the dried the recipe mentions. It would be needed I think, as it helps take it away from being just a sweet pumpkin bread and makes it more an intriguing blend of flavours. That goes for the nuts and the rosemary.
The last hunk of the bread is being eaten with my lunch today. Can't wait.
Cheers
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Lee
When I make plain bread, I need 3 level teaspoons of dried yeast powder for a dough made with 4 cups of flour. How is it that your pumpkin bread needs only 1/4 teaspoon of yeast for the same amount of flour? Is dry active yeast something different from instant dried yeast?
Just curious.
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John Savage
.Yes, there is not enough yeast and a little sugar with the yeast would help the rising process as well
>>> What you'll need . . . >>> >>> 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (plain, this isn't a sweet or spiced pumpkin >>> bread) >>> 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 >>> work wonderfully) >>> >> >>This sounds lovely. I don't usually have pumpkin seeds hanging around. >>Not >>hard to get though. The tablespoon of dried rosemary scares me a little. >>I >>love rosemary, but it can be rather strong and almost soapy tasting in >>large >>amounts. >> >>How did you think the tablespoon of rosemary balanced out in the finished >>product? >> >>Lynne > > When I make plain bread, I need 3 level teaspoons of dried yeast powder > for a dough made with 4 cups of flour. > How is it that your pumpkin bread needs only 1/4 teaspoon of yeast for > the same amount of flour? > Is dry active yeast something different from instant dried yeast? > > Just curious. > -- > John Savage (my news address is not valid for email)
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Groover

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