I wanted to do something with the leftover pumpkin from pumpkin carving, so I decided to use the new breadmaker and make pumpkin bread. I also cleaned and roasted the pumpkin seeds, which are my favorite snack (outside of Reese’s) every Halloween season.
George picked out the stencil and daddy broke out his fillet knife
Our awesome cat pumpkin…Ross loves cats 😉
I used this tutorial from FlouronmyFace.com on how to best clean your pumpkin seeds, salt and roast them. It turned out great – but I’m glad we didn’t make that much because they are so addicting. The first night I woke up so thirsty because of all of the salt. Waking up with dry mouth is the worst.
For making pumpkin bread, I used this recipe for a yeast pumpkin bread for a breadmaker. I left out the ginger because I hate it – I have flashbacks of acid reflux while pregnant with Julius and I was told to drink ginger tea, which is disgusting, imo, so I puke in my mouth every time I smell or taste ginger. I used half white flour and half wheat flour to make it healthier and added a little extra water to be absorbed by the heavier wheat flour.
The baked pumpkin pieces in our baby bullet 😉
Pureed with a little hot water
I baked then pureed the pumpkin chunks in our baby bullet because our blender broke a few years ago and we just never bought a new one. Everything we would need to make in a blender we can make in the baby bullet. It never got enough use from the 6-9 months you need to make baby foods, anyway.
George helped me mix ingredients…for 2.5 minutes
The breadmaker was a challenge. I was tripped up because 1) I mixed up all of the ingredients first, which is wholly unnecessary, and 2) we came back from a long walk and it had over-risen to the glass on the top of the breadmaker, so I hit “stop.” Then the only way to bake it was to start the whole mixing and proofing process all over again.
#wtf sooo…I need a little practice with the bread machine.
I used half white flour and half wheat flour and it worked fine…I added a little extra water
On the bright side, the bread machine works, I just need to get my baking game solid. Also, I’ve learned you shouldn’t even use carving pumpkins to bake, as they are usually overgrown, and the best pumpkin for baking is found in the smaller pumpkins. Which explains why Ross thought it was nutmeg or cinnamon bread. #wheresthepumpkin
Finished nutmeg/cinnamon [pumpkin] bread