Pumpkin Swirl and Butternut Squash

Highlights of my Saturday so far:

1) Having a conversation about track & field with the homeless guy who hangs out on my block.

2) Finally killing the mosquito who’s been feasting on me all week.

I started the morning with a quick trip to DD for a latte lite (ahhh, newest obsession!) and some breakfast: TJ’s honey greek yogurt, grapes, and Kashi warm cinnamon Heart-2-Heart. I had quite a few handfuls of cereal straight out of the box after I finished my initial bowl.

Latte Lite

After I finished my breakfast, I started to prepare the dough for some delicious Pumpkin Swirl Bread. I based this recipe on MeganNerdRun’s version, but made a few alterations.

Ingredients:

Dough

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of ginger & nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 oz) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Filling

  • 2 Tbs butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the all-purpose flour, ww flour, oats, brown sugar, spices, salt, sugar, and yeast.
  • Stir in the warm water and pumpkin until moistened. Add egg, mix until smooth.
  • Stir in the remaining 1 cup flour until the dough is firm.
  • Put dough in stand mixer and knead using dough hook for about 5 minutes. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl, cover with dishcloth, and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Spray the counter lightly with cooking spray and roll out the dough to a 18″ x 9″ rectangle.
  • Spread the melted butter on the dough and then sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar.
  • Roll up the dough jelly-roll style, starting with the short side. Pinch ends to seal.
  • Place seam side down in loaf pan, cover and let rise for 90 minutes.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Dough Rising

Rolling out the dough

During the 90 minute second rising, I headed out for a long run. I didn’t feel awesome, but the weather was ideal (sunny, breezy, and 60 degrees). My legs are STILL feeling the effects of last Saturday and my right knee/hamstring were a bother, but I was feeling great mentally by the end of my 10 mile run (finished in 1:30:10, about 9:01/mile). I think I’m going to take it easy for the next few weeks – lots of sleep, lots of cross-training, and lower running mileage. Hopefully that will put some pep back into my legs!

When I got home, propped my legs up against the wall while I waited for the oven to pre-heat. I’ve found that this trick really helps with circulation/muscle recovery.

And then I popped the bread in the oven. 30 minutes later…

Pumpkin Swirl Bread

I was very pleased with the consistency of this loaf – the middle was perfectly light and doughy with a nice crust on the outside.

Pumpkin Swirl Bread

Mmm….a thick slice of pumpkin swirl bread with peanut butter!

Pumpkin Swirl Bread

After finishing up the bread, I was ready for some more post-run food!

A big bowl of brown rice, pinto beans, roasted butternut squash, and a wedge of laughing cow cheese.

Butternut Squash

Rice & Beans & Squash

Now I’m watching a few Mad Men episodes and preparing for a fun dinner in Williamsburg.

Hope your Saturday is going well!

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11 Responses

  1. The inside looks so nice and airy!

  2. wow super recipe! check out my baking blog and tell me what you think: http://thegodscake.wordpress.com

  3. Looks really delicious ..
    Laila .. http://lailablogs.com/

  4. This bread looks awesome! :) Great job on that 10 mile run. i have a 10 miler to accomplish this afternoon! I’m so nervous, but if you can do it so can i!

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

  5. The bread looks delicious! And what’s in a DD latte lite? Skim milk? Is it better than Starbucks?

    http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

  6. I think the difference between a latte lite and a nonfat latte at DD is that latte lites have splenda in them. Right? I’ve never gotten a latte lite.

    Your bread looks fabulous!!

    If you’re interested, I’m having a Newman’s Own Organics Giveaway on my blog: http://roseyrebecca.com/2009/10/10/pb-love-and-newmans-own-organics-giveaway/

    :-)

  7. Hmm, I think latte lites and non-fat lattes at DD are essentially the same thing. The latte lites do usually come with splenda, but you can request regular sugar (or no sweetener). I think they’re really yummy and only $1.99 at the DD location near me!

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  10. Thanks for the great recipe! I don’t have a big loaf pan, so I prepared the dough like I would cinnamon or caramel rolls — came out with about 18 that way. I made a glaze with powdered sugar, maple extract and a little milk and used that on about half — the rest I left plain. They’re good either way, especially after a long weekend run.

  11. wow, i never even thought about making these into cinnamon roll shapes. great idea!

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