Sandwich saver: golden autumn bread

Many tender breads get their pleasing texture from puréed vegetables. Here, butternut squash lends a soft texture and beautiful sunny colour to the bread. Try pairing it with a hearty beef or pork stew.

Sandwich saver: golden autumn bread

Prep time 30 min

Cook time 20 min

Makes 1

Bread

  • 1 pkg (8 g/1/4 oz) active dry yeast
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) warm (42° to 45°C/110° to 115°F) water
  • 250 ml (1 c) mashed cooked butternut squash
  • 75 ml (1/3 c) warm (42° to 45°C/110° to 115°F) milk
  • 50 ml (1/4 c) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) brown sugar
  • 1 ml (1/4 tsp) salt
  • 400 to 565 g (3 to 3 1/2 c) all-purpose flour
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) oilGlaze
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) water
  1. For bread, in a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the squash, milk, butter or margarine, egg, brown sugar and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add the yeast mixture and 200 grams (1 1/2 cups) of the flour, then mix well. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, six to eight minutes. Coat a large bowl with the oil and add the dough, turning to coat. Cover the bowl and let rise in a warm place (29°C/85°F) free from drafts until the dough has doubled in bulk, about one hour.
  4. Punch dough down. Divide into thirds; roll each third into an 45 centimetre (18 inch) rope. Braid the ropes together on a greased baking sheet. Pinch ends. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  6. For glaze, combine the egg and water in a cup and brush over the braid. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and cool it on a wire rack.

Personalize it!

Replace the butternut squash with cooked mashed sweet potatoes. Or, for a quick switch, use canned pumpkin purée instead.

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