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Braided Pumpkin Wreaths

Braided Pumpkin Wreaths
  • Prep 50 min
  • Total 3 hr 45 min
  • Servings 24
Give a seasonal favorite, pumpkin bread, a pretty holiday look with one simple twist.
Updated September 14, 2010
Make With
Make With
Gold Medal Flour

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

Steps

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

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