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Pumpkin Sourdough Loaf – Bake from Scratch





The final word seasonal centerpiece, our Pumpkin Sourdough Loaf is stuffed with splendidly festive flavors and irresistible appeal. Baked within the Le Creuset Bread Oven, there’s merely not one other bake extra seasonally impressed than this. Pumpkin not solely flavors the bread but in addition enriches and hydrates the dough to create a loaf with a tender crumb and delicately crisp crust. Accented with pumpkin pie spice, this sourdough loaf is stuffed with refined layers of taste. Plus, Le Creuset’s legendary forged iron delivers superior warmth distribution and retention whereas its domed lid ensures wonderful steam-trapping energy and most rise. Formed with twine and artfully scored, this superbly formed bread is the final word showstopping bake.

Pumpkin Sourdough Loaf

The Le Creuset Bread Oven will make all of your bread-baking somewhat further particular. Oven-safe as much as 500°F; easy-to-clean sturdy porcelain enamel that resists dulling, staining, chipping, and cracking; and unmatched in warmth and steam distribution with out sizzling spots, this expertly crafted piece is bound to be bakers’ new greatest buddy. With the Le Creuset Bread Oven, a crisp crust and delicate, ethereal crumb are simpler to realize than ever earlier than. It’ll really feel like an heirloom piece from the day you begin baking with it, and a staple of all of your bread-baking recollections for generations to return.

Pumpkin Sourdough Loaf

  • Levain:
  • 2 tablespoons (33 grams) levain
  • ½ cup (120 grams) lukewarm water (85°F/29°C to 90°F/32°C)
  • ¾ cup (95 grams) bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons (24 grams) entire wheat flour
  • Dough:
  • 3 cups (381 grams) bread flour
  • ½ cup (63 grams) entire wheat flour
  • 1½ teaspoons (3 grams) pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup (244 grams) canned pumpkin
  • ⅓ to ½ cup (80 to 120 grams) lukewarm water (85°F/29°C to 90°F/32°C)
  • 1 tablespoon (9 grams) kosher salt
  • ½ cup (134 grams) levain
  • Semolina flour, for dusting
  1. In a medium bowl, place 2 tablespoons (33 grams) levain. Add ½ cup (120 grams) lukewarm water. Add flours, and stir completely with spoon or arms till easy and no dry bits of flour stay. Loosely cowl and let stand at room temperature in a single day (or for 8 to 12 hours earlier than you propose to make use of).
  2. For dough: In a big bowl, stir collectively flours and pie spice. Add canned pumpkin and ⅓ cup (80 grams) water, and stir till a tough dough kinds. Knead in bowl till no dry bits stay, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (If dough isn’t coming collectively after 30 seconds, slowly add remaining water, 1 tablespoon [15 grams] at a time, till flour is hydrated however isn’t tremendous sticky. How a lot water you utilize will depend upon the humidity on the time of blending. Dough won’t be easy.) Cowl and let stand (so flours can hydrate) for 20 to half-hour.
  3. Sprinkle dough with salt. Add ½ cup (134 grams) levain. (See Notes.) Utilizing your hand, pinch and squeeze dough (this isn’t kneading) to assist incorporate levain into dough till cohesive and uniform in texture, about 3 minutes. (Dough won’t be easy.)
  4. Cowl dough, and let rise in a heat, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) for 1 hour and 20 minutes, folding dough in bowl each 20 minutes. (To finish a fold, seize underside of dough, stretch it up, and fold it to middle of dough. Do that 4 instances across the bowl after which flip dough over so folds are dealing with down.) (On the finish of folding, dough shall be easy and elastic and move the windowpane check; see Notes.) Let rise till doubled in measurement, dough jiggles when bowl is tapped calmly, and dough passes finger dent check, 1½ to 2½ hours. (See Notes.)
  5. For closing form, end up dough onto a calmly floured floor. Utilizing your fingertips, gently press dough right into a 1-inch-thick circle. Stretch out backside third of circle, and fold to middle. Stretch proper aspect out, and fold proper third over to middle; repeat with left aspect. End by folding high third over earlier folds. Roll dough away from you to seam aspect down, and utilizing each arms, cup dough and pull it towards you to seal. Rotate dough 90 levels, and pull once more till a decent, easy boule kinds, 5 to 7 instances. Place, seam aspect up, in a banneton (proofing basket) or a small bowl lined with a kitchen towel closely dusted with bread flour. Loosely cowl dough with towel, and let rise in a heat, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) till puffed, dough jiggles when bowl is tapped calmly, and dough passes finger dent check, 1½ hours to 2½ hours. (See Notes; alternatively, cowl and refrigerate to cold-ferment in a single day. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour earlier than baking.)
  6. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  7. Reduce 4 (24-inch) lengthy strings of butcher’s twine. Lay them in a star formation over base of Le Creuset Bread Oven. Mud dough with semolina flour; fastidiously place dough on high of strings, rearranging them as wanted.
  8. Ensuring strings are equidistant, wrap every bit of string round loaf from backside to high, and tie in middle of high. Reduce off extra strings. Utilizing a lame or sharp paring knife, rating dough in a leaf sample in every part between strings. Cowl base with lid, and place in oven.
  9. Bake for half-hour. Uncover and bake till deep golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in middle registers 205°F (96°C) to 210°F (99°C), 15 to twenty minutes extra. Instantly take away loaf from Bread Oven, and let cool fully on a wire rack. Reduce off strings earlier than serving.
Notes: With the remaining levain, discard all however 2 tablespoons (33 grams) and repeat feeding it with ½ cup (120 grams) water, ¾ cup (95 grams) bread flour, and three tablespoons (21 grams) entire wheat flour.

To make use of the windowpane check to examine dough for correct gluten improvement, calmly flour arms and pinch off (don’t tear) a small piece of dough. Slowly pull the dough out from the middle. If the dough is prepared, it is possible for you to to stretch it till it’s skinny and translucent like a windowpane. If the dough tears, it’s not fairly prepared. Let stand for 20 minutes, carry out one other fold, and check once more.

To make use of the finger dent check, calmly flour the floor of the dough, and gently press your finger about ½ inch into the floor. In case your dough has correctly fermented, it is best to be capable to watch the dough spring again barely however nonetheless present an indentation. If the dent disappears, the dough is underproofed and desires extra time.

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