Another feature of our family gatherings is that the food is always fresh, which means that the kitchens of all of our relatives are always occupied in the days leading up to the event...which puts anyone traveling across the country to be there at a certain disadvantage for making a fresh dish themselves. Katie hypothesized that it would be easier to find oven time than whole-kitchen time, so she devised a plan to make up the dough ahead of time, freeze it for the cross-country trip, then let it thaw in the fridge overnight upon reaching our destination, and bake it early in the morning right before everyone woke up. (...woke up to the smell of fresh pumpkin bread, that is!) We've had mixed success with that approach since our yeast doughs that have been frozen or refrigerated for extended periods often don't rise quite right, or at least do so quite slowly, which makes the time needed difficult to predict. But, we're happy to report that this recipe appears to be amenable to the extended freezing/refrigerating regimen we put it through! Here's what we did:
|First, we browned the 2 Tablespoons butter, added milk, and let it cool to ~115 °F. Then we added the yeast and 0.25 cups sugar, and let it proof until it looked bubbly on top like this.|
|While it was proofing, we measured out the pumpkin, salt, and 1 cup flour. Hey, look! We've got two different kinds of pumpkin in there! One must be from a can and the other from a real pumpkin. We've found this recipe is a good way to use up pumpkin left over from making pumpkin-flavored eggnog or pumpkin/squash butter.|
|We mixed in the pumpkin, salt and first cup of flour, then added the rest of the flour bit by bit while kneading in the mixer, then let it knead for another six minutes. The texture is like a really soft bread dough.|
|Then we let it rise for an hour or so...|
|...formed it into loaves, and put it in the freezer for a few days.|
For the detailed recipe amounts and other instructions, check out the original posting on SunnySideUp.
What do you bring to your holiday gatherings/potlucks? Let us know in the comments section below!