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
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 24

Ingredients

Bread

5 3/4
to 6 1/2 cups 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.
  • 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.
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