Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Butternut Squash Braid

A recent butternut squash purchase prompted me to pull a recipe from my former blog, Oklahoma Peach Fuzz. I made this braid in 2008 and remembered its deliciousness.

This time around I roasted my squash whole before I pureed it. I love the rich, buttery goodness of roasted squash and the flavor it imparts to the bread. The texture is somewhat Hawaiian bread-ish, and this loaf was a wee bit more dense than the last loaf. Offering a warm slice with butter is a good way to get my hubby to eat his veggies. He not only loved it, but he loved the color of it!

Butternut Squash Braid
adapted for bread machine

1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup warm milk
1 cup cooked and pureed butternut squash
1 egg
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
*3 to 4 cups unbleached bread flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
* Level of moisture in cooked squash affects flour addition. My dough was very sticky after rising in the bread machine, so I added more flour so that I could more easily shape the dough. The extra flour and kneading probably contributed to the slight denseness of this batch.

Melt butter in warm milk, add squash and egg; whisk until well blended. Pour into bread machine pan.

Whisk together brown sugar, salt, and 3 cups flour and spoon mixture onto liquid in bread machine pan. Make a well in center of flour and add yeast. Turn bread machine to "Dough" cycle and let it do its magic.

After dough has completed cycle, remove and place on a lightly floured surface or Roulpat. Punch dough down and divide into 3 parts. Shape each portion into an 18 inch rope. Take ropes and attach them by pinching tops together and tucking under. Gently braid and finish by pinching together bottom ends and tucking underneath braid. (An excellent tutorial for bread braiding can be found here). Cover and allow to rise until nearly doubled. Mine rose to elephantine proportions in only 25 minutes. At this point, if you like to glaze your bread, you may whisk together an egg and a tablespoon of water and brush over braid before baking.

Bake in 375 degree oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Carefully remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.


  1. It always makes me smile when I see a bread recipe on your blog. Isn't that bread machine the greatest thing since, well, sliced bread?! This loaf looks beautiful! I do love the color of bread made with squash. I made cheese brioche yesterday. Delicious, but not as cheesy as I'd hoped. (Head slap, as you would say) ditch the loaf pan and make two smaller round loaves and triple the cheese topping (as well as double the cheese interior). Yet again, I'm attempting to recapture a recipe from my youth. The first go round wasn't bad, but I want more cheese!

    1. Oh my, cheese brioche! Sounds like a winner to me. Yes I'm using the bread machine again today. Obviously my decision to join Weight Watchers online was bad timing. :)


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