Pumpkin Shaped Whole Spelt Bread

"This pumpkin-shaped loaf has a stunning visual effect but the making it is really easy. I used a mix of spelt and type 1 flour but if you can't get those, just use all purpose or whole-wheat (or a mix)."
-- @isabella.akshay

Recipe Intro From isabella.akshay

Bake this fun and festive pumpkin shaped loaf to celebrate fall and enjoy for breakfast with butter and jam. 

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Cook time 40mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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  • 250 grams whole spelt flour
  • 250 grams Type 1 flour
  • 300 milliliters water
  • 2 grams fresh yeast
  • 3 grams treacle
  • 10 grams salt
  • 40 milliliters extra virgin olive oil


  • Step 1

    Combine the flours and salt in a large bowl.lk.

  • Step 2

    In a separate bowl, dissolve treacle and yeast in warm water, then add olive oil and mix.

  • Step 3

    Gradually start adding the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and knead until they are all incorporated. Transfer dough onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth. Cover with a clean towel and proof for 2 hours or until doubled in volume.

  • Step 4

    Preheat oven to 475º-500ºF (250ºC static). Flour a surface slightly and punch the dough to let it deflate, then briefly knead it to a very smooth ball. Using a strainer, dust the surface of the dough with a very generous amount of flour.

  • Step 5

    Shape the dough. Measure a piece of cooking twine to roughly 3 times as long as the diameter of your dough and cut it. Now cut 3 more pieces of the same length. Take a piece of string and place the halfway point underneath the ball of dough and wrap it around it tying it in a knot on top of the ball.

  • Step 6

    Rotate the ball by 90 degrees and repeat the same process with the second piece of string to create a cross on the top of the ball. Continue until the ball is divided into 8 equal pieces. Tie the string at the top and cut off any excess. Make sure not to pull too tight (you should leave a finger worth of space in between) as the dough will expand a lot in the oven.

  • Step 7

    Score the bread using a blade or knife using pattern of choice. Transfer to a Dutch oven and bake with the lid on for the first 20 minutes. Remove lid and bake for another 20 minutes.

  • Step 8

    When bread is done, remove from oven and let cool. Carefully remove the string. Push a stick of cinnamon through the top to create the stem.