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Mini Pumpkin Loaves

Mini pumpkin loaves RECIPE BY: CECE KIRKWOOD THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS.

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These adorable mini pumpkin loaves are perfect for your holiday table if you are looking for individual bread loaves that are both magical and delicious. 

Just imagine, your guests walking into your festively beautiful dining table to find the most delicate individual pumpkins awaiting them for dinner. No worries about getting a thicker slice of bread… Everyone has their own delectable bread. 

So grab my Easy Homemade Bread Recipe as a base for the dough and let’s get to baking. 

The Process 

Prepare the Bread Dough

Follow my Easy Homemade Bread Recipe up through the first rest and rise (step 7).

Divide the dough, shape & rise

This recipe will get you four mini pumpkin loaves. Dump the dough onto a floured work surface and using a dough scraper & scale, divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. 

Shape each into a mini boule (directions for this can be found in the Easy Homemade Bread Recipe, steps 8 & 9) and let those rest in small bowls for another hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°F with a baking stone sitting on the middle shelf. 

Shape the Mini Pumpkin Loaves

Then, cut 4 pieces of baking string (butcher’s twine) for each mini boule. Lay them out on your work surface so that they lay flat across each other just like they do in the video above.

Place the mini boule in the center of the laid-out string, then bring each piece together up top and tie them in a knot. Do not tie the knot too tight as the bread needs some space to grow its last bit in the oven. The shape should look like a little pumpkin already. Trim off the extra pieces of string. 

Then, using a bread lame or sharp knife, cut mini deep slits on each “rib” of the pumpkin. 

Bake the loaves, decorate and enjoy! 

Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 425°F, then decrease the heat to 375°F and bake for another 15 – 20 mins. The mini pumpkin loaves should sound hollow when tapped and be a nice light golden color.

Allow them to cool before removing the twine with scissors. Be gentle! Finally, add a little cinnamon stick on top for a nice presentation touch. Enjoy!

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Mini Pumpkin Loaves

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These adorable mini pumpkin loaves are perfect for your holiday table if you are looking for individual bread loaves for all your guests. 

  • Author: Cece
  • Prep Time: 3 hr
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 3 hr 45 min
  • Yield: 4 mini loaves 1x

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Dump the dough onto a floured work surface and using a dough scraper & scale, divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. 

  2. Shape each into a mini boule (directions for this can be found in the Easy Homemade Bread Recipe, steps 8 & 9) and let those rest in small bowls for another hour. 

  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°F degrees with a baking stone sitting on the middle shelf.

  4. Then, cut 4 pieces of baking string (butcher’s twine) for each mini boule. Lay them out on your work surface so that they lay flat across each other just like they do in the video.

  5. Place the mini boule in the center of the laid out string, then bring each piece up and tie into a knot. Don’t make the knot too tight or else the bread won’t have any room to grow in the oven. The shape should look like a little pumpkin already. Trim off the extra pieces of string. 

  6. Then, using a bread lame or sharp knife, cut mini deep slits on each “rib” of the pumpkin. 

  7. Grab a rimmed baking pan and fill it with ice cubes. Place this in the oven on the bottom shelf. 

  8. Bake the loaves on a pizza stone in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 425°F, then decrease the heat to 375°F and bake for another 15 – 20 mins. The mini pumpkin loaves should sound hollow when tapped and be a nice light golden color.

  9. Allow them to cool before removing the twine with scissors. Be gentle! Finally, add a little cinnamon stick on top for a nice presentation touch. Enjoy!

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