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Pumpkin Challah

Use this bread to make stuffing, bread pudding, or day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches.

  • yield: Makes 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast, (1 1/2 packages)
  • 1 cup warm water (100 degrees to 110 degrees)
  • 3/4 cup egg yolks, (11 to 12 large eggs), plus 1 large egg yolk for glaze
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for bowl
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cups homemade Pumpkin Puree, or one 15-ounce can
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Proof the yeast: Place 1/2 cup warm water in a small bowl, and sprinkle yeast over it. Stir to combine, and let sit until mixture becomes foamy, about 10 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine egg yolks with remaining 1/2 cup warm water. In a medium bowl, combine salt, canola oil, honey, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. Replace paddle attachment with dough-hook attachment, and add the pumpkin mixture to the mixer bowl; combine. Add the yeast mixture, stirring until combined.

  3. Step 3

    Slowly add flour, 1 cup at a time, until all the flour is incorporated into dough. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface, and knead the dough by hand for 10 minutes. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface, punch down the dough, and then form it into two 8-inch loaves. Place the loaves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  5. Step 5

    While the dough is rising, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix remaining egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water. Brush the loaves with the egg glaze, and bake until golden brown, about 50 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack, and serve.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 1999

Reviews (3)

  • 2 Nov, 2010

    It means that you will need 11 or 12 eggs in order to produce 3/4 of a cup of egg yolks.

  • 12 Nov, 2009

    11 to 12 eggs? Is that a typo?

  • 7 Nov, 2007

    this challah is unique and tasty. If you like making bread, try this one!