Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sunshine loaf


When I first started baking bread, just baking a normal bread, working with yeast, looking at them rise was really fascinating and as days passed  I started getting interest in different types of bread like vegetable bread, breads from different countries and now breads with different shapes. Whenever I go through a recipe blog or turn the pages of my recipe book, one thing which attract me a lot is breads with different shapes.
 This particular bread Sunshine loaf is also from my all time favourite book The Bread , the actual recipe suggested a sourdough style bread, but I just made a normal bread with a tiny bit of pumpkin puree. Just the look of the bread will attract your guests in the table. Actually it was given as Sunshine loaf in the book, by looking at this my husband said you might also name this as spider bread, which I was not actually interested. The choice is yours :-)




Makes 1 loaf, serves 4


Ingredients:
White bread flour- 400 g
Pumpkin puree- 3 tbsp
Warm water- 170 ml( adjust accordingly )
Dried yeast- 1 1/2 tsp
Salt- 1 tsp
Honey- 3 tsp
Egg wash- beat 1 egg with 1/2 tbsp of milk.
Caraway seeds for sprinkling on top( about 1 tsp)
Method:
Prepare the pumpkin puree by chopping the pumpkin without any seeds and puree it by adding very little amount of water.
Sift the flour in a large bowl, add the yeast and salt and mix it together. Make a well in the center, add honey, pumpkin puree and add the water little by little to make the dough. Knead the dough with hands or with a electric mixer fitted with a dough tool.

Place the dough in a clean and oiled bowl and cover it with a cling film. Leave it in a warm place to rise for 1 to 2 hours or until doubled in size.
Once the dough has risen, punch the air back and divide the dough into half. Divide 1 half of the dough into 6 equal balls.

Roll the 1 large half of the dough into a 50 cm sausage and make it like a spiral shape and place it in a baking sheet. Roll the remainig dough into small sausage and place it around the spiral, curl it at the ends. Cover with a lightly oiled cling film and leave it in a warm place for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile preheat the oven to 200 degree Celsius. Brush it with egg wash. Sprinkle the bread with caraway seeds and bake it in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Take it out from the oven and leave it in a wire rack to cool.
Serve the bread warm with soup.

This bread goes to Colour your palate: A visual treat by Creative Sanyukta, Champa's Bake- Off, Yeastspotting and to Hearth and Soul.

36 comments:

Priya said...

Cute looking loaf, prefectly baked loaf..I'll go for sunshine loaf not at all for spider..

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

super bread!!

Silence Sings said...

Very creative...I have just started making bread at home....bookmarking this one...

BangaloreBaker said...

Looks cool. Thanks for the entry.

girlichef said...

Oh, I agree...it makes me very happy just to look at it! Beautiful bread...and love the pumpkin addition. Thank you for sharing it with the hearth and soul hop this week :)

Suja Sugathan said...

So cute..looks very pretty,
nice one dear..perfectly baked.

An Open Book said...

soo cute..u do have immense patience:)

Amritha Kalyani said...

very cute shape. Looks so perfect.. warm bread with a cup of soup/.. woowww..

sonu said...

hehehe i thought its a spider for sure..bread looks delish !

SavithaRaj's Spice Land said...

Awesome description and great looking bread.

Vasavi Suresh said...

Such a cute sun..

Sangi said...

that's a lovely looking bread.. Sunshine loaf would be apt as u said not spider..

harini said...

interesting shape, whatever be the name:) on second thoughts being a vegetarian I can't imagine it being a spider LOL:)

Priya (elaichii) said...

Looks so wonderful and artistic!

Sujana said...

Cute looking sunshine bread... :)
kids will love it...

aipi said...

Whoo..that looks beautiful..I totally agree with you once you start getting comfortable with yeast it can be very addictive :)

US Masala

NIDHYA said...

Cool looking brown sunshine. Me too, just like you, attracted to different shapes of bread.

Aaha Oho

a moderate life said...

Umm! That is such a happy bread! It really made me smile and reminded me of being a child again and making big pretzels with my mother! Thanks so much for sharing on the hearth and soul hop this week! :) Alex@amoderatelife

Christy said...

Well for Halloween I would call it spider bread - but the rest of the year is is sunshine loaf! This looks so delicious - thanks for sharing it with us at the hearth and soul hop!

veena krishnakumar said...

perfect looking cute bread:-)

Indrani said...

Bread looks so appetizing, umm..perfectly baked..your blog is shining bright

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

wow wow wow..looks simply irrestible and mouthwatering....absolutely tempting...thanks for sending tomy event

Jaleela Kamal said...

very nice different , super

Peanutts said...

very cute loaf.

BeenaShylesh said...

hai dear....cute loaf dear....

Sushma Mallya said...

Thats a beautifully done loaf,wow what a lovely shape too...

Niloufer Riyaz said...

Such a beautiful loaf!! kids will definitely love this

Reshmi Ahmed said...

looks adorably cute bread :)
i do agree with u in trying out for different shapes for the feast to the eyes ;)

Angie's Recipes said...

How nice to have sunshine in house! A very pretty loaf!

Suhaina said...

bread looks cute... i really missed ur wonderful posts but will soon catch up with all the ones that i missed.. i am happy that u tried my garlic bun and kethal chicken roast.
I too admire baking a lot... love ur sunshine loaf.. but before that i need to bake ur orange cookies...etc etc..so many in my list.. u are rocking dear with wonderful clicks ... all those are making me drool...

Gayathri's Cook Spot said...

Loaf looks great. I love baking....

Sweet Artichoke said...

This is a very appetizing loaf! Looks very tasty, too!

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Gorgeous looking loaf. Never tasted pumpkin breads. Looks so good !!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

great efforts awee that looks so cute :)

Nitha said...

Thats really cute...

Butterpoweredbike said...

What an inviting loaf of bread. I'd choose to call it sunshine bread, but I think kids would enjoy referring to it as a spider. I love the addition of pumpkin. Thank you for joining up with the Hearth and Soul hop this week.

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