Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Pumpkin Loaf

Homemade bread can sometimes seem a little daunting, but this recipe is so simple, requires minimal work, and delivers beautiful results!  The combination of pumpkin, raisins, cinnamon, and maple make for a hearty and subtly sweet bread perfect served up warm with your favourite non-dairy butter, or toasted the next morning for breakfast.  Give it a try!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Chill time: 4 hours
Bake time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3¼ C whole grain bread flour
  • 1/2 C pureed pumpkin (you can make your own roasted pumpkin puree, or buy it canned)
  • 2 Tbsp maple sugar flakes + more for sprinkling on the dough prior to baking
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ Tbsp instant yeast
  • ½ C raisins
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ¾ C warm water

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl or electric mixer fitted with the kneading blade, combine the flour, maple sugar flakes, salt, yeast and raisins. Stir everything until evenly mixed
  2. Add the pumpkin puree, warm water, and mix slowly until the dough forms a ball
  3. If the dough looks a little too dry and does not form properly, add a little more water, one tablespoon at a time, until it all comes together.
  4. Loosely cover the bowl and let it rest for 2 hours at room temperature.
  5. At the 2 hour mark the dough will have risen and doubled in size.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it a couple of times with just enough flour to keep it from sticking to your hands.
  7. Flatten and work the dough into a rectangular shape. The short side of the rectangle should be the same length as your bread pan and the long side twice that in length.
  8. To create the inner cinnamon “swirl”, sprinkle the cinnamon and extra maple sugar flakes over the surface of the rectangle, and then roll the rectangle of dough into a “log” form.
  9. Grease your bread pan with coconut oil or non-stick spray, and place the rolled log of dough into the bread pan. Cover loosely and set aside to rest at room temperature.
  10. Let the bread rise for another 2 hours hours, it should rise up and out of the pan within this time.
  11. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  12. Brush the top of the bread with water and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the top is a deep golden brown.
  13. After baking, remove from the bread pan and place onto a wire rack to cool.
  14. Let cool completely before slicing.

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This bread pairs well with a sweet and savoury soup, such as our Simple Carrot Coconut Curry Soup, or toasts up nicely to be served with nut butter and berry jam for breakfast.

Enjoy!

 

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