Thursday, November 7, 2013

24hr Roast Pumpkin Bread

1kg strong white bread flour
10g powdered dried yeast
25g sea salt
800ml warm water
2 tbsp. olive oil, plus extra for the folding process.
500g pumpkin chopped into 10cmx3cm pieces cooked at 80 C for 24 hours.


Mix the flour yeast and water together.
Use your hands, a huge bowl, or a dough hook in an electric mixer.
This dough is very wet (~80% water) so it is best to use a dough hook to keep folding over the gluten strands to make a silky dough that can be handled.

If using a dough hook:
Mix for 5 minutes then let rest for 5 minutes. This allows the gluten to relax a bit.
Add olive oil and salt then mix for a further 5 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes.
Mix for a final 5 minutes.
Cover the bowl.

If using your hands: get a really big amazing bowl!

Follow the instructions above, and refer to this page for more detail on kneading techniques.

Place the dough into the fridge for 5-7 hours. This allows lactic acid bacteria to produce sour by products and makes the yeast dormant.

Remove from fridge an hour before baking. Fold the dough (it will have risen  in the fridge) then put in a new container and place in a warm spot to warm up. If it’s a clod day, place in a big bowl and sit the bowl in a sink of warm water. Keep covered.

Once the dough has doubled in size and you can see big air pockets forming, remove and knead in the pumpkin after chopping it into smaller pieces.


Dust the bench with semolina flour.

Form into baguettes or other rolls and place on oven tray. Cover with plastic bags to allow another final rise/prove. Preheat the oven to full.


Once the dough springs back when touched lightly, it is ready to bake. Brush with milk and sprinkle seeds of your choice.

Place in the oven and spray with a water bottle to create steam. Or, throw some icecubes in the bottom of the oven.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until the loaves sound hollow when tapped underneath.
Thanks so much Bretto for helping me and providing the most important ingredient - roasted pumpkin!


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