Tuesday, January 14, 2014


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So sorry to have been AWOL from blogging for a while!  On top of trying to get back to normal after the Holidays, I've had a deadline to meet and LOTS of computer trouble (which I hope is over now).  I hope to be reinvigorated in the kitchen very soon!  In the meantime, here is a recipe for one of our favorite bread recipes-- so good with a bean or vegetable soup!

Makes one 11 x 15-inch focaccia

This is a delicious and nutritious version of  focaccia, perfect for winter meals.  

1 cup canned pumpkin puree  (or use mashed cooked pumpkin or other orange winter squash, drained in a cheesecloth bag for several hours-- the draining is important!)
1 1/2 tsp dry active yeast OR 1 tsp instant yeast
1 cup plus 2 Tbs. warm water (105-115°F)
4 cups unbleached white flour
1/4 cup ground golden flax seed
1/4 cup wheat bran
1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp salt
2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

IF YOU ARE MAKING THIS BY HAND, OR WITH A HEAVY-DUTY MIXER, stir the yeast into the warm water in a large mixing bowl, or bowl of your stand mixer.   Let stand 5 minutes.  Add the oil and pumpkin.  Add the bran, flax, and salt, and then the flour in two additions.  Mix until the dough comes together. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, either by hand on a lightly floured surface, or with the dough hook of your heavy-duty mixer, until the dough is velvety, firm and slightly sticky.

IF YOU USE A FOOD PROCESSOR, mix the flour, salt, bran and flax seed in the processor bowl.  While the machine is running, add the mixture of water, dissolved yeast, oil and pumpkin until the dough forms a ball on top of the blade.  If it's too dry to come to a ball, add water a few DROPS at a time until it does.  Process for 30 seconds.

IF YOU USE AN AUTOMATIC BREAD MACHINE, choose the Dough Cycle, which will mix and rise the dough, but not bake it. 

FIRST RISE: Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and leave to rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.

SHAPING AND SECOND RISE: Punch down the dough and roll it and pat it into a rectangle to fit a well-oiled 11 by 15" cookie sheet, and stretch the dough toward the edges. Cover with a damp towel, let sit for ten minutes, and then stretch a bit farther to the edges. Cover again and leave until doubled, about 45-60 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425°F

Just before you are ready to bake, dimple to dough with your fingertips. Brush with the olive oil, and  sprinkle the pumpkin seeds and salt over the dough.  Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. Remove from pans immediately and cut into 12 squares.  Serve while warm and crispy, if possible.

Nutrition Facts:
Nutrition (per 1/12th ): 236.9 calories; 26% calories from fat; 7.3g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 474.8mg sodium; 176.4mg potassium; 36.4g carbohydrates; 3.6g fiber; 0.9g sugar; 7.3g protein; 4.6 points.



Mia said...

Oh this looks so delicious!

Lucille said...

It's a lovely recipe, Bryanna! I'm so busy these days but I am hoping that I will try my hand at making bread. I'm a bit nervous about it. I would love to try this recipe and the no knead one. Thanks for sharing this!

Corrin Radd said...

Made this today--it's super yummy!