Cheesy pumpkin pull apart bread
Like i said in my Instagram post, i think that pumpkin is so so versatile and very cheap too. This is one of the things you can make with pumpkin puree.
You can get a heck of a lot out of even a small pumpkin especially if you turn some of it into puree. So for example you could make pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin bars, pumpkin latte, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, pumpkin soup, pumpkin and meat casserole, pumpkin gnocchi, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin biscuits, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin waffles..you get the picture? Basically you can make a whole load of things with this wonderful veg and you should try.
I have desperately been craving lemon cake for over 2 weeks. Yes 2 weeks. So i just knocked a quick cake up. I made a dairy free version because I really need to cut back on that. It wasn’t gluten free though. I firmly believe that if you are craving something, you should have a little bit of it otherwise you will find yourself eating loads more crap. I also think the cravings are because i keep forgetting to take my supplements. Duh..
Anyway, this cheesy pumpkin pull apart bread is soft, cheesy (obviously) and delicious. It is great smothered in butter or even dipped in soup.
This morning I thought I would walk home from dropping the kids off to nursery like i usually do. Most days I take a detour and go into town too. It was so cold, that i couldn’t manage it. My head felt like I had poured ice into it. My knees were knocking together and my goosebumps were probably visible from out of town. I was not walking to town but I did have to talk home because my taxi was long gone and i don’t have a car. So off i went. I detoured and walked through the park and I am so glad I did. It looked beautiful. All that frost gave the park a magical feel. From across the park I noticed that all the trees were bare, bar one. It was the most beautiful tree bearing yellow leaves. It stood tall and majestic and I knew I was going to walk through the field in my inappropriate footwear, just to get near it and I did. I got a few stares but I didn’t care. It was such a beautiful moment.
This bread by the way is perfect for Autumn. Not least because pumpkin screams Autumn.
- 300g strong white bread flour
- 6g salt
- 5g coconut sugar
- 7g dried yeast
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ginger
- 1/8tsp cloves
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 180 ml lukewarm water
- 3 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 30g parmesan cheese shredded
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or just a normal bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
- Create a well in the centre and add the wet ingredients.
- Mix using the bread hook attachment for 6 minutes or by hand for 10 minutes.
- Cover the bowl with a piece of cling film brushed with oil. Leave in a warm place for 1 hour to rise.
- Tip the dough onto a work surface and knead for 30 seconds.
- Roll the dough into a long sausage shape and divide into 12 portions.
- Make a tile shape with each that is around 6 x 9 inches.
- Spread the filling on each slice, reserving 2 tbsp parmesan for the top of the bread.
- Arrange the 'tiles' vertically next to each other in a loaf tin.
- Top with more parmesan.
- Cover for 90 minutes with a large plastic bag.
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to gas mark 7.
- Bake for 25 - 35 minutes.
Adapted from a recipe by Jo Wheatley.