Looking for a beautiful bread to enjoy with your Thanksgiving meal? Our Seeded Fall Pumpkin Bread blends traditional autumn flavors with tangy Lifeway Farmer Cheese to create bread that belongs on every holiday dinner table. Lifeway Farmer Cheese is the secret ingredient that gives this bread a satisfyingly crisp outer crust and moist and springy center. It’s superb. Just remember to leave room for the main course!🍴
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- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup active yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups flour (we used gluten free flour)
- 1/2 cup Farmer Cheese
- assorted seeds - pumpkin seeds, white and black sesame seeds
- In a large mixing bow, mix together pumpkin puree, water, salt, yeast and honey in a large mixing bowl.
- Add 1 cup flour and throughly combine. repeat with 2 remaining cups of flour. Fold in farmer cheese.
- Reach into the bowl and mix well with your hands. Kneed dough until smooth and elastic.
- In a bowl, add the ball of dough cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 12-18 hours, until the dough has more than doubled and there are bubbles on the surface.
- Stretch out the ball to about 3 times the height of the dough and fold it over. repeat two more times, alternating sides. Form the bowl into a ball.
- Place the dough ball into a well floured bowl. Cover the bowl with a tea town and let rise until 1-2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place your dutch oven in while it preheats.
- Place a parchment paper on the bottom of your dutch oven. and in a quick motion, place your dough in the dutch oven. moisten hands with water and lightly rub the dough.
- Scatter the seeds over the breads surface. Score the bread with a sharp knife.
- Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and then back for another 20-25 minutes.