Squash Bread (World Bread Day ’08)
Posted by bakinghistory on October 16, 2008
A wonderful loaf with a moist, chewy crumb and a crispy crust
For this 2008 edition of World Bread Day, a blogging event founded and hosted by Zorra, I wanted to bake a bread with an ingredient with ties to the region of the United States where I live: New England.
This bread is one of the best I have ever baked, and definitely one of my family’s favorites in the Fall. The squash provides a very moist and holey crumb, and the most gorgeous golden-orange color. The crust bakes crisp and the bread tastes only slightly sweet. It is great with a hearty soup for dinner on a cool Autumn evening.
I recommend using buttercup squash because of its superior flavor and texture.
From the original recipe by: Mary J. Lincoln
In: “Mrs. Lincoln Boston Cook Book”, 1916—USA
1 cup (250 g) baked and pureed buttercup squash
2 tbsp (25 g) sugar
1-1/2 cups (366 g) whole milk
1 tbsp (15 g) butter
1/2 tsp (2 g) active dry yeast dissolved in 1 tbsp (15 ml) warm water
1 tsp (6 g) salt
3-1/3 cups to 4-1/3 cups (455 g to 595g) bread flour (as needed) I use King Arthur bread flour
semolina or cornmeal for the baking sheet
Scald the milk, then mix in it the pureed squash, butter, salt, and sugar. When this mixture is cool add the yeast (mixed with the lukewarm water) and enough flour to have a dough that is well developed and supple, but rather slack. Knead well.
The dough should be soft and feel slightly tacky. Let it ferment, in a slightly greased bowl, covered, until double in bulk. Then gently shape it into a loaf on a floured surface, and place it on a baker peel or baking sheet on which you have sprinkled a layer of fine semolina or cornmeal. Let the bread rise, covered, until light.
Preheat the oven to 450°F (232°C).
Bake the bread directly onto a baking stone if you have one or on the baking sheet for about 40-45 minutes, until golden brown. Add steam for the first 10 minutes, by placing in the oven a small metal pan filled with boiling water. Lower the temperature to 425°F (218°C) after the first 15 minutes.
Thank you Zorra for hosting again World Bread Day!!!