Pumpkin and rosemary loaf

June 19, 2008
Pumpkin with Rosemary sounds interesting. This was one of the first recipes that attracted my fleeting glimpses while browsing the latest edition of the Superfoodideas. Down my memory lane I had few yeasty disaster that stopped me further pushing myself into bread baking exploration. I was quite content with baking cakes and cookies until I started my blogging. The whole world of wonderful blogs was bursting with some awesome bread recipes that again propelled me to try my hands with this yeasty mystery.

I started using instant dry yeast and results were quite pleasing. Information about various kinds of yeast can be found here. After scores of failure, I realized one of the biggest mistake is the temperature of the water that allows the yeast to ferment. It should be warm enough to make your fingers feel comfortable when dipped. If using the thermometer then the ideal temp is 100ºF for fresh yeast, 110ºF for active dry yeast. Hot water kills the yeast resulting into sure failure.

Now that I have realized my blunder, bread baking is part of my cooking repertoire and the aroma of freshly baked bread often wafts through the house.

The original recipe had called for SRF but I have used a combination of bread flour whole wheat flour and instant dry yeast.

1 cup bread flour
1 ½ cup whole wheat
½ cup corn meal
3tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2tbslp rosemary leaves chopped
2tsp instant dry yeast
2tsp salt
2/3 warm water/milk
2tbslp pumpkin seeds
1 cup pumpkin puree

Cook pumpkin in a saucepan of boiling water for 10 min or until tender.Cool and gently mash with fork. In a bowl mix flours and corn meal. Add salt, yeast, rosemary, cheese, pumpkin puree and warm milk/water to knead into soft dough. Grease a loaf pan and place the dough in the pan. Cover with a plastic wrap and let the dough rise to double the size. It will take approx 1 ½ hours.

Brush the top of the loaf with milk and sprinkle the seeds. Bake for 10 min in a preheated oven at 220 c. Then lower the temp to 175 c and bake further for 20-30mins till the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath.

When done, remove from the oven and let it cool down. Slice and serve with butter or cheese.
It tastes divine.

Some of the websites that I found useful and have got information about making bread are The freshloaf has got some wonderful tutorial for newbie’s. Mydiversekitchen has some great healthy bread recipes too and I also loved the DK’s banana bread, it is a must every week at our home. Now I can bake my bread and have it too. I know the corner side baker is not a very happy man when he sees me smiling walking past his shop. Like they say the cat’s out of the bag for him now.

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  • Reply Rachel June 19, 2008 at 11:57 am

    You are so right about the temperature that you let the yeast dissolve in…love your loaf

  • Reply Asha June 19, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Beauty! I just planted Rosemary too, I love the aroma. Great looking bread.
    Warm water for yeast should be betn 110F to 115F for regular bread. I have killed few yeast in my life too! Hahaha!

  • Reply Aparna June 19, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Your loaf looks very tempting.
    You take me back to my failures when I first started baking. I am beginning to think that it is mandatory to kill yeast before we learn to love it! 😀
    Nothing like the taste of home-made bread.

  • Reply Srivalli June 19, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Ahhh…lovely loaf..and lovely pictures..the setting is so wonderful..heheh…me too me happened many a times!..:)

  • Reply Sagari June 19, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    beautiful loaf shibani ,so u guys all set in your new place

  • Reply Sagari June 19, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    beautiful loaf shibani ,so u guys all set in your new place

  • Reply Cham June 19, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Beautiful yeast and loaf, i am a no 1 yeast killer!

  • Reply Mansi Desai June 19, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    that looks lovely Shibani! I agree, water temp can often produce disastrous results!! but everyone, including me, learns it the hard way! hehee

    adding pumpkin is indeed a unique idea…

  • Reply Pecos Blue June 19, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Wow looks great. I want a piece.

  • Reply Jeena June 19, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Pumpkin seeds are so healthy, this is lovely. 🙂

  • Reply Madhavi June 19, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Oh this loaf looks wonderful and with rosemary hummm..yummy recipe!!!

  • Reply Kevin June 20, 2008 at 1:50 am

    I like the sound of a yeast based pumpkin loaf. Normally I would have gone with a quick bread for pumpkin.

  • Reply Uma June 20, 2008 at 3:54 am

    delicious bread with a nice combo. Beautiful presentation too.

  • Reply Shilpa June 20, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Thats a beautiful loaf.

  • Reply Happy cook June 20, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Wow that bread looks so good.
    Woudn’t mind having few slices.
    Hi hi we all are same when it wome to yeast isn’t it.
    I made raisin bread the last day and had to through the lot as yeast was gone 🙁

  • Reply meeso June 21, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Pumpkin and rosemary sound good, although I never had them together.

  • Reply DK June 21, 2008 at 1:55 am

    This looks so pro. Amazing recipe, Havent used Pumpkin in bread recipes yet. Good recipe to start with.

    Thanks for trying out mine and also liking it 🙂

  • Reply JZ @ Tasty treats June 21, 2008 at 1:57 am

    the pictures are so refreshing, pearlsofeast!!! to be honest, I have never tried anything with pumpking until now!!

  • Reply Pragyan June 22, 2008 at 5:30 am

    Wow, the pics looks so soothing and tempting..can I grab a slice? Yep, yeast is sure very finicky. I used to use those when I had done the bakery course..I still remember the smell 🙁 Been a long time, you are surely inspiring me try my hand on it again!

  • Reply Vaishali June 22, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Lovely-looking loaf, Pearsofeast. Bread-making sure is addictive, isn’t it? And I agree- I’ve had my share of yeast disasters!

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  • Reply r_a_daziano June 24, 2008 at 12:08 am

    WOW!!! That really looks nice!

  • Reply Sireesha June 24, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Beautiful yeast and loaf looks tempting……First time at ur blog.U have nice and lovely blog…

  • Reply Divya Vikram June 25, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Hey girl..Dropping by ur blog after a long time..Was on a break for a while..Found several interesting recipes here..This loaf looks too good..

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