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#PumpkinWeek: Pumpkin Focaccia Bread

NicholeL
Pumpkin Focaccia Bread is savory pumpkin bread topped with toasted pecans and smoked gouda cheese.
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Prep Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Bread
Servings 2 loaves

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 packet dry active yeast
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup warm water 110 degrees
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour divided
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • cup grated smoked gouda cheese divided
  • cup toasted chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

Directions
 

  • 1. Combine yeast, sugar and water in the bowl of your stand mixer and set aside for 5 minutes or until yeast is foamy. Then add the butter and 1 cup of flour, mixing with the paddle attachment until combined.
  • 2. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes in a warm place.
  • 3. Add pumpkin pie spice, salt and canned pumpkin to the bowl and stir until combined. Switch to the dough hook and add in ½ cup of the cheese and the flour ½ cup at a time, leaving ¼ cup remaining. Mix on low speed until combined and then increase until the dough begins to pull away from the bowl.
  • 4. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding in the remaining ¼ cup of flour as needed.
  • 5. Spray a bowl with non-stick spray and place the dough inside, turning once to coat. Cover with a towel and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • 6. Punch down the dough, then let rest for 5 minutes. Divide dough in half and shape each piece into an 8-inch round circle.
  • 7. Sprinkle the cornmeal onto a large baking sheet and place each dough circle on top.
  • 8. Sprinkle the remaining cheese and the toasted pecans on top. Sprinkle the time and the sea salt on top as well. Cover and let rise for 20 more minutes.
  • 9. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake the dough uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling then slice and serve.

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Keyword baking, bread, focaccia, gouda, pecans, pumpkin, pumpkin focaccia bread
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