Once the weather turns dark and dreary, spiced baked goods and warm tea fit the bill!
And none more deliciously than this soaked pumpkin bread!
The recipe is incredibly flexible. Pumpkin or sweet potato puree more liquid-y? Just use more flour! You can even play with using cassava flour for a grain-free version. Or, tweak the spices to your heart's content.
Why do I soak my spelt or whole wheat flour? It yields more nutritious, more digestible, and more tender baked goods. Check out our Fundamentals eCourse for even more information.
Soaked Pumpkin Bread
Adapted from this recipe.
- 2-2/3 cups freshly ground spelt flour OR whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup pureed pumpkin OR sweet potatoes
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons kefir, yogurt, kombucha, raw apple cider vinegar, OR lemon juice
- 1/2 cup softened butter or coconut oil
- 3/4 to 1 cup Rapadura
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1 cup raisins (optional)
- 1 cup chopped crispy nuts (optional; why soak nuts?)
Makes 2 loaves.
Combine flour, pumpkin, water, and kefir in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for a minimum of 7 hours.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grease 2 bread loaf pans. My loaf pans are wide, so my loaves end up wide. If your pans are more narrow, you will end up with taller loaves. Uncover the mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients (except raisins and nuts), and mix well. Then add the raisins and nuts to incorporate.
Divide the batter between the 2 loaf pans. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick comes out pretty cleanly. It is okay with this bread to have a little goo. Allow to cool on a rack for about 15 minutes before tipping out of the bread pan. Allow to cool fully before slicing (if you can wait) and the loaves will hold together better. 🙂
Store in an airtight container (either fridge or room temp), or freeze. Enjoy with a cup of tea!
Will you try this soaked pumpkin bread? What are your favorite fall and wintertime food traditions?
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