Pumpkin Shaped Artisan Loaf

This festive bread is easy to make and even uses the recipe right out of your Convection Steam Oven Cookbook! The expert tested recipe is baked to perfection using the Auto Steam Bake Mode and will be a great addition to your table this holiday season.

Prep Time: 75 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Level: Easy
Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 3 ⅔ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your Wolf Convection Steam Oven to 90° on the Convection mode.
  2. In your Wolf Gourmet Stand Mixer, combine all your ingredients minus the cinnamon stick and attach the dough hook. Begin mixing on level 5 or a medium speed for about 5 minutes. Dough should no longer be sticking to the sides of the bowl. Add one tablespoon of flour if the dough is still sticking to the sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp rag for 15 minutes.
  3. After the dough has rested for 15 minutes, continue mixing for 5 minutes on level 5 or a medium speed. After 5 minutes, transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover with a damp towel.
  4. Proof in your Convection Steam Oven for 20 minutes or until it has doubled in size. Gently transfer the dough into a greased and flour bowl, and proof for another 30 minutes.
  5. While your dough is proofing, cut 4 strings of butcher’s twine, each 2 feet in length. Lightly coat the twine in flour.
  6. When the second proof is complete, cross the butchers twine overtop and cover with parchment paper and the non-perforated tray. Carefully flip the tray and bowl to release the dough out of the dough onto the butcher’s twine and tray.
  7. Begin tying opposite ends of the butcher’s twine together at the top of the loaf, where you’d imagine the pumpkin stem would be. Using a bread lame or sharp knife, make three diagonal scores between the butcher’s twine, alternating the direction between each twine.
  8. Place the tray in your Wolf Convection Steam Oven and select the More button, then select the Auto Steam Bake mode to expertly cook your loaf.
  9. After 45 minutes, your loaf should be a dark golden brown with a well developed crust. Remove from the oven.
  10. Once it has cooled, cut away the butcher’s twine. At the top of your loaf, add a cinnamon stick stem to complete the look.