Saturday, November 23, 2013

Wholemeal Pumpkin and Raisins Bread

We are going to fly out for holiday and yet dear daughter still have not recover from her running nose, and worst she spread it to dear son. Bringing sick children to holiday is really not fun, I had experienced it when brought dear daughter to Japan, she had fever throughout the trip and once back to Singapore, she recovered immediately. That was a 7 days trip, and this time round will be a 2 weeks trip, really make me feel so sian....

Enough of ranting, back to baking. Due to my busy schedule I am totally MIA from blogging and since I will be away again for at least 2 weeks, so post this up quickly. Hope I will be active in blogging and baking again when I am back from my trip.

This bake was done quite sometimes ago, finally able to share it out. What will you do when you saw a must try recipe from your baking buddy? For me, of course is a must try if time permit :D I saw this recipe at Jessie's Cooking Moment when I was eager to try out good bread recipes. What's more, I have a bag of wholemeal flour to clear clock and there is always pumpkin in my fridge, since little kicker started to have solid food.

Recipe adapted from Carol 自在生活 and Jessie Cooking Moments

Starter Dough Ingredients :
300g bread flour
6g instant dried yeast (I used 3/4 tsp)
180g pumpkin puree
15g fresh milk

Method :
1. Wash the pumpkin, remove the seeds, cut into small cubes and steam for 12-15 mins until soft.
2. Mash the pumpkin and add pumpkin puree with bread flour, yeast and fresh milk, mix well into a dough.
3. Knead for another 5-6 mins  until the dough is smooth with no lumps.
4. Place in a bowl, spray some water on the top, cover with cling wrap and let prove for 1 - 1.5 hrs or until double in size.

Main Dough Ingredients :
all starter dough
45g bread flour
75g wholemeal flour
100g pumpkin puree, sifted
45g caster sugar
4g or 1/4 tsp salt
60g olive oil
60g raisins, soaked in water for 1 hour, drained
some egg wash

Ingredients :
200g cream cheese, soften
50g castor sugar
20g raisins, soaked with water to soften

-  beat cream cheese and castor sugar until smooth, add in raisins and mix well.
- each bun about 1 big tbsp cream cheese filling

Method :
1. Place all ingredients exclude raisins and egg wash in a bowl and knead until elastic. It is ready when you can stretch out the dough as thin as bubble gum.
2. Add raisins. Mix until well-combined.
3. Spray some water on the top, cover with cling wrap and prove in a warm place for 40-50 mins or until double in size.
4. Press to remove air bubbles.
5. Divide the dough into 6 x 50g small dough to make buns with fillings, mound into round balls. Balance dough divide into 3 equal portions to make into loaf. Cover with a wet towel and rest for 15 minutes
6.Roll out loaf dough into a 20cm x 30cm (8” x 12”) rectangle. Fold left and right side of the dough to the middle, then, roll up like a swiss roll. Press firm on the seam. Place into an oiled loaf pan. Flatten the dough ball into a round disc, spoon filling in the middle, wrap and seal and roll into ball shape and place on baking tray.
7.Spray some water on the top, proof in a warm place for 50-60 mins or until the dough reaches the top of the loaf pan for loaf.
8.Brush with some egg wash and bake in a 170C preheated oven for 35-38 minutes. For buns, about 15-20 mins.
9.Very quickly, remove the bread from the loaf pan and let to cool down completely on a wire rack.

I didn't suspect to receive such good response on the buns. Dear husband likes it a lot, even asked me to bake for his colleagues! My dept gals given thumbs up and said is even better than any bakery shop. As for the loaf, it tasted soft and nice even when eat it plain, I feel so much healthier eating it lol. This is definitely a keeper.


  1. 最近的天气就是如此的无常,我和我女儿也是刚刚才痊愈。
    也祝福你:旅途愉快,玩得开心 ^o^

  2. Hello Jess, so long haven't seen u updated ur blog! Do bring some children parasol with you for us holidays & only eat at cleanrestaurants. Hopefully this time they will recover faster & have a great time in Disneyland

  3. Very nice buns and bread! Hope your daughter and son recover soon. Have a great holiday with your family, Jess!

  4. I hope your daughter gets well soon and have a great trip!

  5. Enjoy your holidays and hope your kid will get well soon. Take care.

  6. Hi Jess,
    Oh dear, I hope your children get well soon!
    Your bread looks so soft and fluffy! No wonder it was well received by everyone!
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  7. Hi hi! Just happen to chance upon your page and I am very amazed with all your bakes! They all looked so lovely! =D

  8. It must be sweet since there is pumpkin. However its a very healthy recipe.

  9. Hi Jess,

    I have not hear from you for a long time... Happy 2014 to you and your family! Hope to see back to blog soon :D



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