“…It was super fun to pull it apart and stuff! I really liked that part!” – Carissa
You heard it. Carissa never lies. This recipe takes a pretty long time, but it is worth it! I thought I’d post this now so when Thanksgiving rolls around here in the US, and you have some left over pumpkin puree from that pie, you could make this delicious bread.
Being the adorable college students we are, five of us sat down after a long day of work to drink tea and eat pumpkin pull-apart bread. I was pretty darn happy I have noticed that since I’ve started university, food is my go to stress reliever. Baking in the kitchen reminds me of being at home!
Thank you so much to Sunny Side Up for this recipe!
For the bread
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, brown 2 tablespoons of butter, letting it bubble up and turn a dark golden brown but being careful not to allow it burn. Once browned, remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the milk, return to stove and heat through. Pour the milk and butter into the bowl of standing mixer fitted with a dough hook (you can also do all of this by hand!) and allow to cool so it is no longer hot but also not cool (about 100-110 degrees F). Once it has reached a warm but not hot temperature add the yeast and 1/4 cup of sugar and allow to proof (this can take up to 8 minutes, the top will look foamy and the liquid cloudy). Then add the the pumpkin, salt, and 1 cup of flour. Stir until combined then add the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time and knead for 6 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic and just slightly sticky. If the dough is too moist, add extra flour 1 tablespoon at a time.
Move dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean towel. Allow to rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size.
While dough is rising, brown another 2 tablespoons of butter. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix well. Set aside. Next, grease and flour a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.
When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and flip out onto a clean floured surface and knead with hands for 1-2 minutes. Roll dough into a 20×12 inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the browned butter and then evenly sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture and press into dough with palms of the hand. Cut the rectangle into 6 strips. Lay strips on top of each other and cut each strip into 6 even squares (cut in half then each half into thirds). Stack strips vertically into the loaf pan. Cover the pan with a clean towel and let rise for 30-45 minutes.
In the meantime preheat an oven to 350 degrees. After rising in the pan bake for 30-40 minutes (mine took 37 exactly) or until top is a very deep golden brown.
Now, I order you to take a break. Make this recipe, read a book while the dough rises, and then eat with a cup of warm tea.