Braided Pumpkin Wreaths

Give a seasonal favorite, pumpkin bread, a pretty holiday look with one simple twist.

  • Prep Time 50 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 45 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

Bread

5 3/4
to 6 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/3
cup sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
2
packages regular active dry yeast
1
cup canned pumpkin (not pie filling mix)
1/4
cup butter or margarine
1 1/2
cups apple cider or apple juice

Topping

1
egg
1
tablespoon water
2
teaspoons sesame seed, if desired
2
teaspoons poppy seed, if desired

  • 1 In large bowl, stir 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast. In 2-quart saucepan, heat pumpkin, butter and cider; over medium heat, until 120°F to 130°F. Add to flour mixture; beat on medium speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
  • 2 Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. On floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic, 3 to 5 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap and cloth towel; let rise in warm place until double in size, about 1 hour.
  • 3 Grease large cookie sheet. Punch down dough. Divide in half; divide each half into 3 pieces. On lightly floured surface, roll each piece into 24-inch-long rope. On cookie sheet, place 3 ropes close together. Braid loosely; pinch ends together, forming a circle. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover; let rise in warm place until almost double in size, 20 to 30 minutes.
  • 4 Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, beat egg and water until well blended; brush over braids; sprinkle with sesame and poppy seed.
  • 5 Bake 18 to 24 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to wire racks. Cool about 1 hour.

Expert Tips

Knead in only enough flour, about 2 tablespoons at a time, to make dough smooth, elastic and easy to handle. Too much flour will create a heavy, dense bread.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories
75
(
Calories from Fat
10),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
1g
1%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
80mg
80%;
Total Carbohydrate
14g
14%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
16%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.