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Pumpkin, Dill And Walnut Batter Bread

Pumpkin, Dill And Walnut Batter Bread
Mia Morgenstern for NPR /

Batter breads only require one quick rise and no kneading — perfect for yeast-bread novices. They lack the complex flavor of twice-risen yeast bread, but this recipe more than makes up for it with the addition of flavorful pumpkin, dill and walnuts. White whole wheat is a lighter, milder version of whole wheat flour. This bread is perfect with a hot bowl of soup.

Makes 1 loaf

2 cups whole-wheat flour

1 cup white whole wheat flour, or all-purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoons salt

2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast

2 teaspoons dried dill, or 1 tablespoon fresh

1 cup milk, heated to lukewarm

1/4 cup warm water

1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 large egg

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon molasses

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a large mixing bowl, combine flours, salt, yeast and dill.

Add milk, water, pumpkin, egg, honey and molasses to flour and mix thoroughly, until all ingredients are incorporated. Beat mixture with a wooden spoon for another minute or two, until slightly elastic.

Add walnuts to batter, and stir to incorporate.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Pour batter into an oiled 8-inch cake pan or a loaf pan, and cover with oiled plastic wrap. Let rise until slightly puffed, about 45 minutes. Bake bread until firm and browned, 45 to 55 minutes.

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