Pumpkin Spice yeast bread for communion

Have you seen this joke making the rounds?  It seems like everything is pumpkin spice these days.

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People tagged me on the post and sent it to me with messages like this:

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After I was sent this picture no less than three times, I decided I would try to make pumpkin spice bread for communion.

Don’t worry, I ran the idea past the Pastor of my church first 🙂

I found a recipe on the King Arthur website, but I made a few additions and modifications.  I added food coloring to make the bread really orange, changed the recipe because I wanted the fresh ginger to be really smooth, and cinnamon just because.

You will need:

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1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 cups cooked pumpkin or squash

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 eggs

1/2 cup brown sugar

6 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons yeast

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon cardamom

food coloring

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1. Mix the milk and ginger together in a blender.  Then add the pumpkin and vegetable oil.  Make sure it is blended really well.IMG_3225

2. Mix together all the other ingredients except the flour. IMG_3226

3. I didn’t have any brown sugar (I never do) but I just mixed regular white sugar and molasses to make it.IMG_3227

4. Add the pureed milk, ginger and pumpkin mixture.IMG_3228

5. Add the flour.  You’ll use between 6 and 7 cups.  Just use enough to create a soft dough.  Knead until the gluten forms and it stops sticking to the sides of the bowl.IMG_3229IMG_3231IMG_3232

6. Cover and let rise 1 1/2 to 2 hours.IMG_3236

8. Divide into two loaves.  Since I’m using it for communion bread, I made one boule and one loaf.  Bake about 45 minutes at 375 degrees F.IMG_3237IMG_3238IMG_3239IMG_3240

Ideally I would’ve baked the boule for longer since it’s pretty light, but the internal temperature was right (190 degrees F) and we had to go somewhere.  They smell delicious!

I can’t wait for people in my church to try these!

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