Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Healthy Breads: Pumpkin Pie Brioche Braid



One of my summer projects involved working on a new bread baking cookbook, Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Michelle, at Big Black Dog, formed a baking group for all the HBin5 aficionados, and Pumpkin Pie Brioche was the first bread out the gate. (Regular baking events will begin after the first of the year, when members have had time to acquire a copy of the book.)




With the HBin5 technique, this bread is easy to prepare. All the ingredients are mixed in a large container (you only have to wash the spoon!), then left to rise for a few hours before refrigerating. The next day, the dough will be ready to form, although it can be refrigerated for several days. The original recipe calls for a standard loaf pan, so you don't have to get all fancy with shaping.


The pumpkin and spice flavors are somewhat subtle, so quite a few of the bakers are doubling the spice amounts called for in the recipe. The color is already lovely because of the pumpkin, and when toasted, the spiciness pervades the room.



If you haven't already seen a copy of this cookbook, head to your local library or bookstore to read and drool over all the great recipes.


The recipe can be found at either Susan's or Michelle's blogs.

17 comments:

Michelle said...

Gorgeous Braid! I was going to braid my PPB too but I did a few other things instead. But after seeing yours I wish I'd of braided it!

Kayte said...

I am supposed to be making this as well, but I have lost all appetite, and so has my family for pumpkin...too many people asking us to make too many thing pumpkin that we don't really like anyway, so I'm not doing this one just out of sheer exhaustion with all the pumpkin love going around...LOL. That said, yours does look lovely and you certainly have the braiding thing down! Kudos to you.

pinkstripes said...

I'll have to try it! It sounds delicious.

Heather B said...

Love your braid! Great job on the brioche!

Michelle said...

Still amazes me that you were able to braid this dough! You are a master bread braider, say that 3 times in a row! LOL!!

Michelle

Danielle said...

oh wow...you actually braided it!! someday, hopefully with the help of all you HBin5 peeps, I'll learn to braid a bread too. it's beautiful!

Jenny said...

What a gorgeous loaf! I really like the braid, it looks so complicated. I've never really done much beyond plopping my dough in a pan. And the creme brulee above looks delicious, too!
~Jenny~

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I wish I would have tried braiding one of my loaves now! Your bread is gorgeous!

~Susan

Lu said...

Your bread looks absolutely delicious! Beautiful braid too.

Bread Over Heels said...

The braid looks great! I'm keeping that idea in mind for the next batch. Thanks!

Joanne said...

Your braiding is super beautiful. I am definitely going to double the spices for my next batch. Great job!

Kim said...

Your braiding is wonderful. I'm a beginner bread baker and too intimidated to try that yet ;D Great job!

girlichef said...

AND you braided it, LOL...nice!! It's seriously gorgeous :D

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

What a beautiful braid! I already did a pumpkin braid this season but I might have to do another one after seeing how your's turned out. Lovely!

Judy said...

Your braid is beautiful. Can't wait to see your future breads.

GA Jane said...

We vote that you can teach us to braid! Great site.

Cristie said...

I've always loved braided bread, and yours looks beautiful. It will be nice to have this group to learn from and share with!