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Soft & Fluffy Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

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This amazing pumpkin bread is so light and fluffy because it is a yeasted pumpkin bread.

Pumpkin season has started and I’m so excited! This is my favorite time of year, when everything I eat is filled with pumpkin and spice and everything nice.  

Pumpkin waffles for breakfast, my favorite! Pumpkin soup for lunch, perfection! Pumpkin pasta for dinner, the best!

Don’t you just love how versatile this beautiful vegetable is? It can go from sweet to savory and everywhere in between.  Oh man, now I’m really hungry.

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This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

As soon as my birthday is over, I like to crack open a giant can of pumpkin puree and just start slopping it into everything.  This year, I started with bread.

I love the traditional pumpkin quick bread, but I thought “Why not add it to my favorite whole wheat yeast bread recipe?” And it was a good idea.

This bread is not like a quick bread, it is super light and fluffy, without too much sweet and a delectable pumpkin spice swirl!

This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

This pumpkin bread is the perfect bread to toast in the morning with a pumpkin latte. A little melted butter on top, or even a little cinnamon butter. Yum!  

Or for an afternoon snack, you can eat half a loaf. That’s what me and the hubby did. We couldn’t stop eating it. The kids didn’t even get any of the inaugural loaf cause we ate it all in just a couple hours.

So when I made the next batch, I had to double it and make 2 loaves.  So here is your warning, it’s that good, you might want to double this recipe.

This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

I used my favorite whole wheat sandwich bread recipe as a base.  This recipe is so great, it only requires one raise, so it’s pretty quick for a yeast bread.

But it is still so soft and even better, it stays soft for days (if you can withstand eating it all in one sitting).  For all my tips and tricks, make sure check out the bread post. Then you will be armed with all you need to make the most delicious pumpkin bread ever!

This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

How to Make Raised Pumpkin Bread

Start by combining 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, 3 Tbsp vital wheat gluten and 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix it all together.

In a 2 cup measuring cup, mix 3/4 cup milk and 3/4 cup pumpkin puree then heat until about 120 degrees. It takes me about 2 1/2 minutes in my microwave.  

Pour that into the flour mixture and mix it together. Then turn your mixer up to medium-high and beat the flour and pumpkin mixture for 1 full minute. It will start to get stringy.

When the minute is up, cover your bowl with a clean towel and let it sit for 10 minutes. It should be all bubbly after the 10 minutes it up, if not, your yeast is dead so you’ll want to get new yeast and start over.

This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

Next add in 1 tsp salt, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 cup melted butter.  Mix it up.

Then turn your mixer to medium-high and beat for 1 full minute again.

This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

Now is the time to take the beater off and put on your dough hook. The dough is really sticky so grab a spatula and scrape it clean.

Then start adding in your flour. You want to go slow, too much flour will mean you have a stiff, heavy bread instead of a beautifully soft & delicious one.

You will add up to 1 1/2 more cups of flour, but start with 1/2 cup and mix it in. Then a 1/4 cup at a time until your bread just starts pulling away from the edges like the picture below.

This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

When the dough starts pulling away stop adding in flour, I know you will want to keep going but trust me, it’s better to use a little less flour than have too much!  

I like to scrape the dough off the sides of the bowl to get the dough to come together. Just keep kneading it in your bowl until it comes together and is smooth on top. It will also pull all the pieces stuck to the sides of the bowl off so you will be left with a mostly clean bowl.  

This will take about 7-8 minutes.

This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

Lightly oil your work surface, then turn the dough out onto it.  Roll it out into a long rectangle, you want it the width of your bread pan, I like to put my pan above my dough so I can make sure the size is right.

This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

Now mix up 3 Tbsp brown sugar and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice and sprinkle it all over the dough.

This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

Roll the dough up.  I like to tug on it as I roll so that there aren’t any bubbles inside.  

When you get it all rolled up, place it in a well oiled bread pan seam-side down.  Then pat the dough so it squishes into the corners a bit.

This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

Place the dough into a warm oven.  I like to preheat the oven for about 1 minute until it’s just getting warm, then turn it off. Or turn on the oven light when you start mixing the dough so the light can slightly warm the oven.

You want your oven just warm enough to raise the bread but not too warm to start cooking it (and kill your yeast), you want it no hotter than 100 degrees for that perfect happy place for yeast breads.  

Let the dough rise in the warm oven for 15-20 minutes. Just until the bread is barely over the top of the pan.

Then leave the dough in the oven and turn on the oven to 350 degrees. The bread will continue to rise as the oven heats up and then it will start to cook.  

Set the timer to 30-35 minutes. My oven heats up slower so I need the whole 35 minutes, but if your oven heats up fast start with 30 and go from there.

The bread is done when it has a nice golden brown all over. Take it out and immediately take it out of the pan and cool on a wire rack.

This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

Now try really hard to wait for the bread to cool completely before cutting into it or it will just smoosh up and be a gummy mess. But don’t worry, this bread is amazing when it’s at room temperature with a little soft butter!

This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

Just don’t be afraid to try this bread because it is a yeasted bread, this is the best soft & fluffy whole wheat pumpkin bread ever!

This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light whole wheat pumpkin bread with a pumpkin spice swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

And I am just getting started with my pumpkin love. I can’t wait. This month is all pumpkin all the time!

pumpkin bread sliced on counter

Soft & Fluffy Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Enjoy the pumpkin season with this delicious soft & fluffy whole wheat pumpkin bread. It is the lightest pumpkin yeast bread with a cinnamon swirl inside.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tbsp vital wheat gluten
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

For the cinnamon swirl

  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, vital wheat gluten and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix it together.
  2. In a 2 cup measuring cup, mix milk and pumpkin puree then heat until about 120 degrees.
  3. Pour the pumpkin/milk mixture into the flour mixture and mix it together. Then turn then mixer up to medium-high and beat the flour and pumpkin mixture for 1 full minute.
  4. Cover the bowl with a clean towel and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Add in salt, brown sugar, and melted butter. Mix it up, then turn the mixer to medium-high and beat for 1 full minute again.
  6. Take the beater off and put on the dough hook.
  7. Add 1/2 cup flour and knead it in. Then slowly add in more flour about 1/4 cup at a time until the dough just starts pulling away from the edges of the bowl.
  8. When my dough starts pulling away I stop adding in flour, I know you will want to keep going but trust Knead the dough for 7-8 minutes until the dough comes together into a ball and then is smooth on top.
  9. Lightly oil the work surface, then turn the dough out onto it. Roll it out into a long rectangle, the width of your bread pan.
  10. Mix together brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon swirl and sprinkle it all over the dough.
  11. Roll the dough up tightly. Then place it in a well oiled bread pan seam-side down. Pat the dough so it squishes into the corners of your pan.
  12. Place the dough into a warm oven (about 100 degrees) and allow it to rise for 15-20 minutes. Just until the bread is barely over the top of the pan.
  13. Leave the dough in the oven and turn it on to 350 degrees. Set the timer for 30-35 minutes.
  14. The bread is done when it has a nice golden brown all over. Immediately take it out of the pan and cool on a wire rack.
  15. Allow to cool completely before cutting.
  16. Enjoy!
This is the most delicious bread. It is a soft & light pumpkin yeast bread with a cinnamon swirl inside. Recipe of Houseful of Handmade.

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