Yum Peaceful Cooking: Pumpkin Pie Brioche and HBinFive

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pumpkin Pie Brioche and HBinFive

I'm going to apologize ahead of time...

I'm sorry but I'm not giving you the recipe for this lovely loaf.

But I know where to get it. And I'll let you know.....

Lemme 'splain. You see, I've been bread challenged and have had a fear of yeast for far to long. I've dabbled it the arts of bread making here and there...but not completely. And not to the point where I'm comfortable. So when I saw Michelle over at BigBlackDogs announce that she was creating an online bread club....I jumped right on that bread wagon. It's called HBinFive.

And it has a story.

Many of you may be familiar with a cookbook called Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg MD. They have a very lovely website, with lots of recipes and video demos, called ArtisanBreadinFive. Well, Zoe and Jeff have come out with a new book called Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day. And HBinFive is going to work it's way through this new book. There are lots of members with various levels of bread experience and I plan on picking their brains and learning as much as I can. Btw...if you're interested, feel free to check it out and join in.

Anyways...in regards to the recipes, the members of HBinFive have been asked not to publish them. And as hard as that is for me as a food blogger, I will be a good girl. I'll grit my teeth...grumble and mumble a few words under my breath as I go along, but I'll do as I was asked. :D

What I will do is share the recipe link if the authors have published the recipe on their site. Sound like a deal?

Once or twice a month I will be making a different bread from the book Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day (which I still have to purchase or put on my wish list for Christmas). I'll share what I've learned and what I think.

Pumpkin Pie Brioche is the first recipe we've done. It was easy to make and it smelled wonderful in the oven.

The flavor didn't pull through tho. I was so disappointed.

Until the next day. Which was a little better.

And then the next day....was even better.

I'm a white bread junky so it's a little more difficult for me to appreciate the whole wheat flavor that comes through in this bread. I guess I was expecting it to taste more like a pumpkin pie. I'm just not use to whole wheat, ya know? It does taste wonderful with some maple butter. Or even some cream cheese and a little spun honey. I even heard a few members used it for french toast.....mmmmm.

If you'd like to make this lovely loaf of Pumpkin Pie Brioche, you can find the recipe ---->HERE<----

I hope you all don't mind my sharing my bread making experiences with you. Let me know if you have questions or advice along the way...as always I love to hear 'em.

Oh...and one last thing....this is a "knead-less" bread. woooo hooo


  1. Love knead-less bread.
    I'm actually curious to see this group and the recipes you'll all be making.
    Have a nice weekend.

  2. Understand your comment about wishing it tasted more like pumpkin. I have been playing around with pumpkin brioche and have the same problem! I have since found a recipe for a pumpkin drizzle that be the answer.

  3. It's a beautiful loaf! It sure sounds delicious. Especially made into french toast!

  4. Great job on your brioche! I was disappointed with the flavor at first too but you are right, it did improve over a few days.

    I'm eager to try it as french toast!

  5. Regardless of the light flavor your bread is gorgeous with a wonderful rise and perfect crumb. Are you sure you're afraid of yeast? Looks pretty professional to me!

    Beautiful job!


  6. What a pretty loaf. It's going to be a fun journey. I loved this bread dough. Yea the flavors didn't "shine" but it was a lovely dough to play with!

  7. Congrats on one good looking loaf of bread! I really loved the color of this dough, such a pretty orange.

  8. Your bread turned out beautifully! I agree that the flavor improves with time, and it's really delicious toasted.

  9. Your bread did turn out beautifully for being a yeast-a-phobic. I doubled the spices after reading other comments and I'm glad I did.


  10. You need to fear yeast no more. These recipes will have you feeling totally comfortable with yeast in no time at all. Your bread looks great!

  11. I have historically been super scared of yeast and am only now coming out of my shell with regards to bread baking. This recipe was so easy though! I love your ideas for using it (need to find some maple butter).

  12. I am loving the learning process in HBin5!! Yours looks beautiful :D

  13. Thank you everyone. This bread was so easy that it feels like cheating! LOL. I'm learning not to be so uptight about the "resting" times...and because I don't have to knead it, well...there's no stress there either :). I really am learning tons already and the Bread Braid hasn't even officially started ....wooo hoo!!

  14. Beautiful loaf! Having it with maple butter sounds wonderful! Great job!

  15. Yours looks perfect and so pro! Seeing some of the experiences of other group members, when I made mine, I doubled the spices, and still got a disappointingly light flavor, but it was yummy. Great job!

  16. I held back a long time from baking bread because I was a bit wary of yeast. But I've been making our breads for over a year now and just as I ordered these books, I bought some yeast in the one pound packages from Sam's so I could stop buying the little packets. Your bread looks so perfect!

  17. Your loaf has such a beautiful color.Great pics.

  18. Your bread looks wonderful and I hope to learn a lot from you and the other girls/guys in the braid...

  19. Danielle, yours is so much prettier than mine! Can't wait for the next recipe!

  20. I did not have time to taste my bread the next few days after I made it. I will have to do that next time! :)

  21. Your bread looks so inviting. It will be great to see what comes out of this group. Love your honesty.

  22. That looks awesome!!! I can almost taste it. :)


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