The dough is so soft, so supple, so sensual that it's a joy to make this bread. Pumpkin gives it a soft color and super-subtle flavor. It's a great country bread.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
50 mins
additional:
13 hrs 30 mins
total:
14 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 loaf
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place pumpkin puree into a large mixing bowl and whisk in 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water, salt, yeast, and pumpkin pie spice until thoroughly combined. Beat in flour to make a dry crumbly dough. Keep stirring until dough becomes smooth and sticky, 2 to 3 minutes.

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  • Cover bowl with a damp towel and let dough stand 12 to 16 hours to rise.

  • Generously sprinkle cornmeal onto center area of a baking sheet. Scrape dough out of bowl, using a floured spatula, onto a heavily floured work surface. Dough will be very sticky. Dust dough with flour and gently flatten into an oblong shape. Fold 2 opposite rounded ends together to meet in the center; fold remaining 2 rounded ends to meet in the center, creating a rectangle of dough. Using well-floured hands, gently form into a round loaf with the seams on the bottom.

  • Transfer dough round onto center of prepared baking sheet. Dust top and sides of loaf generously with more flour.

  • Dust a dry towel with flour and place towel with floured side down over loaf. Let rise until loaf has almost doubled in size, 1 1/2 hours. Use a sharp knife to cut a 1/2-inch deep slit across the top of the loaf.

  • Place a loaf pan containing about 2 inches of water onto a bottom rack of oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  • Bake on center rack of the preheated oven for 30 minutes; turn bread around in oven. Continue to bake until bread is golden brown and crusty, about 20 more minutes. Let bread cool completely on a rack before slicing.

Cook's Note:

To make plain bread, substitute water for pumpkin and omit pumpkin pie spice.

Nutrition Facts

180 calories; protein 5.1g; carbohydrates 37.9g; fat 0.5g; sodium 402.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2013
This is the perfect bread for the busy holidays because it takes very little effort to put together the day before. The next morning simply shape it, let it rise, and bake. The bread has wonderful flavor and texture. This recipe is also listed on this website as Chef John’s Pumpkin Bread. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/26/2019
Bread is tough on the outside and sticky on the inside. Will never make again. Read More
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2013
This is the perfect bread for the busy holidays because it takes very little effort to put together the day before. The next morning simply shape it, let it rise, and bake. The bread has wonderful flavor and texture. This recipe is also listed on this website as Chef John’s Pumpkin Bread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2014
This is a fantastic bread. I used 2-1/2 cups white flour and 1/2 cup oat bran and it was simply delicious!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2017
Just had my first piece and its amazing..... reminds me of good old German bread. its well worth the time and effort! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2019
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2018
Lovely crust and chewy inside. This was so very easy to make and it was delicious. I doubled the pumpkin and it had a slight pumpkin flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2016
By far the easiest and most fool-proof bread we've ever made. We've tried various recipes but always come back to this one. Now we just have to figure out a way to get some whole grains into it and have it come out just as perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2019
Delicious rustic bread reci pe. The pumpkin puree adds to wonderful heartiness of the bread. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2020
Did not change anything perfect love love it. I shall be making this often. Thank you for sharing this great bread recipe Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2019
yummy bread! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
02/26/2019
Bread is tough on the outside and sticky on the inside. Will never make again. Read More
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