Yesterday I learned about every parasitic disease that I never knew I lived in mortal fear of getting.

And really, I didn’t want to be one of those parents, but now I am seriously considering wrapping every part of my childrens’ bodies in saran wrap (except for their faces) before allowing them to leave the house.  Ever.

(Note that this will also be a very effective mode of contraception for when they get older.  No one wants to sleep with the weird kid wrapped in saran wrap.  No matter how cute she is.)


I’m serious though.  Are you aware of all the terrible things you can get from eating dirt?  All sorts of worms that can wiggle around in your intestines for decades.  Mooching off your food, sucking your blood, making abscesses in your liver.  Ugh.

And then there are even some that just burrow their way into your skin when you’re mindlessly meandering around your garden.  Barefoot.

Oh yes.  You hippies out there who think it’s safe to walk down 1st Avenue without any shoes on.  I’m talking to you.

I’m concerned.  Very concerned.

I mean, in addition to getting Strongyloides, which is going to zip in and out of your intestine making day trips to every other one of your organs, taking your gut flora with it and so kindly depositing E. coli in your lungs, you’re also at risk for getting hepatitis cause who knows what IV drug user’s needles are lazing about on the streets of New York City.

And the liver transplant list. Is full.  Very full.  This is not what you want for your future.


And so in addition to never leaving our backyard or perhaps, given that there is little to no chance I will ever have a backyard, a small patch of Central Park that I shall wall off and sterilize thoroughly.  I am just going to have to cook everything we eat from scratch.  (Except for sushi.  We will not be giving up sushi.  There are some sacrifices I am not willing to make, even for my future children’s health.)

This includes bread.  And let me tell you.  With a batch of this pumpkin yeast bread baking away in your apartment, filling the entire place with the smell of pumpkin pie…you’re not going to want to leave.  All you’re going to want to do is sit next to the oven, basking in that glorious scent.  And then, when it comes out, pace around your kitchen, waiting for it to cool in the most impatient way possible.  Finally, you’ll cut off a piece, slather it with peanut butter.  And moan with happiness.

See. Being an overprotective psychotic freak.  Not so bad after all.


Pumpkin Yeast Bread
Makes 2 loaves, adapted from Annie’s Eats

1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 tbsp instant yeast
2/3 cup warm almond milk
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
6 1/2 cups bread flour (give or take)

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the yeast into the warm water.  Add a pinch of sugar.  Wait to proceed until your yeast become foamy.  If it doesn’t within about 5 minutes then you need new yeast.

2. Add in the milk, eggs, pumpkin, oil, brown sugar, salt, and spices.  Mix briefly to combine.

3. Add 4 cups bread flour to the mix and stir until a sticky dough is formed.  Switch to the dough hook.  With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the remaining flour until you have a dough that is smooth and elastic but not sticky.  Usually I wait until it doesn’t stick to the sides any more after 2 minutes of continuous mixing.

4. Transfer the dough to a well-oiled bowl, turning once to coat it.  Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let it rise until doubled in bulk, about one hour.

5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled work surface.  Divide in half and place each half into a well-oiled 9×5-inch loaf pan.  Press down gently so that the dough touches all four sides of the pan.  Cover with a damp towel and let rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.  Alternatively, you can freeze one loaf’s worth of dough before this second doubling and then just let it thaw and start at the beginning of step 5 once you want to use it.  To freeze, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and then put into a ziplock bag.

6. Preheat the oven to 375.  Bake the loaves for about 30 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the loaf reads 190.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool before cutting.

This has been yeastspotted!  This has been linked to Marla’s Happy Post at Family Fresh Cooking!


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110 Responses to Pumpkin Yeast Bread

  1. tinytearoom says:

    oh dear. I am one of those people that google every ailment and faint from the answers I find. It frightens me how dirty certain things or places can be. eeek!

    ps. Your pumpkin bread looks divine!

  2. Simply Life says:

    Oh this definitely would keep me from going anywhere but the kitchen!

  3. girlichef says:

    Um, ewww. Why do you insist on making my job harder? Fortunately I think all of my kids are past the stage where dirt is tempting, so… ha! This bread looks awesome…toast me up a slice and top it off with pumpkin butter, please (because really, can you ever really get too much pumpkin!?). Delish 😀

  4. Oh so glad my husband didn’t read this. I walk everywhere barefoot (never thought of myself as a hippieLOL!) but I do like the freedom of no shoes- but seeing as how I do NOT want any of those “things” growing in my body or my kids I might opt for shoes next time I am outside in the yard. No worries on my son eating dirt though- he will play with it as long as it stays off his body and only in his hands. The moment it gets near his face he freaks out! The bread looks amazing. I love making homemade bread- something about the smell is just warming and inviting!

  5. Shannon says:

    After my recent sickness, I’m convinced that I’m a magnet for bizarre ailments. I should probably consider wrapping myself up in saran wrap.

    Anyway, you know I love all things pumpkin and carbs so I’m bookmarking this because a pumpkin yeast bread sounds exactly like what I need in my house right now.

  6. jenna laughs says:

    I am already totally frightened of worms and parasites. Thanks for making it worse… no, really! I’m glad! We all need to be aware of these things. You are a wealth of knowledge. I’m going to tell everyone what I just learned and soon it will spread around the world.

    Oh and the pumpkin bread is beautiful. Slap on some cream cheese and I will eat it any day!

  7. HAHA you are hilarious. I remember with fondness (/sarcasm) the parasite portion of my invertebrate zoology course. Ew.

    Any reason’s a good reason for pumpkin bread, though!

  8. Ah I am already enough of a germaphobe! This bread looks so good, I need to save the recipe for when I finally use some yeast that I have been afraid of.

  9. shevon says:

    Your so right! I don’t even want to think about that when I’m in the subway. I really would never leave home. Your bread looks wonderful.

  10. Mo Diva says:

    OMG i was talking about worms and colons today… what the hell. LOL.
    I think about all the crazy ish in the world and think- dont have kids- but then i think- if i survived, surely they will…
    the bread looks lovely! absolutely lovely!

  11. Your pumpkin bread is as beautiful as the glowing sun this morning! The smell of freshly baked bread is indeed irresistible and would make me stay home, voluntarily and happily!!

  12. Pam says:

    Too funny! Your pumpkin bread looks delicious and wish I had a slice right now!

  13. Luigi says:

    Stronglyoides, wow so want to avoid those. lol!
    Keep forgetting your almost a Dr, next time the baby is sick, im coming here first! 🙂

    Amazing recipe, looks stunning, yet another “to try” recipe. Got so many damm bookmarked already. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!!!!!

  14. Eden says:

    The fact that i didnt end up puking after that worm description is nohing shot of a miracle. As is me restraining myself to like the gnaw on the screen.

  15. Amy says:

    Allrighty then. I feel like I need a shower. Or I should clean the bathrooms. Twice. I will say this, once you have kids, dirt will be the least of your worries 😉

    Glad to see you’re making bread again! I’m going to a Nancy Silverton cooking demo tomorrow in the city and I’ve been flipping through her La Brea Bakery cookbook they sent. I really need to start making bread. I really do.

  16. Gloria says:

    I love bread and your pumpkin bread look wonderful and nice Joanne, have a nice weekend

  17. Oh no! I was one of those hippies who walked barefoot around campus my entire freshman year! (okay, except for in the snow) It’s been 9 years, and who knows what the heck is in my intestines as a result . . .

  18. Beth says:

    That’s why I could never have gone to medical school. I’d be afraid to leave my house, although probably afraid to stay at home too.

  19. MM says:

    When I walk around barefoot in the backyard, my husband hates it and always says I’ll “catch something.”

    I remember looking at plant pests and pathogens under a scope and thinking geez, that’s gross. Human parasites…maybe I’d rather not know.

    The bread is pretty though!

  20. Dana says:

    This made me laugh, as usual. I have to say, I have never been a germ freak with my kids and I think the exposure to dirt and their vegetarian diets have made them incredibly healthy. But I also don’t know all the things that you know. I really need to make more of my own bread – especially something gorgeous like this loaf!

  21. Yikes! I will stop gardening barefoot, jk 🙂 The bread looks delicious!

  22. I LOVE what pumpkin does to bread. I make pumpkin dinner rolls at Thanksgiving and they are amazingly tender.

  23. Deborah says:

    I made a similar bread a couple of years ago, but with butternut squash. I still think about that bread. I want to try this one now!

  24. janet says:

    To think there is even a tapeworm diet. I couldn’t knowingly eat a tapeworm! Gah! Gross!

    When I went to Japan, I visited the world’s only parasite museum in Tokyo. Let’s just say that eating raw fish does make one more susceptible to parasites.. 😉

  25. Megan says:

    Ok. I am cringing about the worms… and squirming a little too.

    But the pumpkin bread looks gorgeous and I’m hoping it will take my mind off the worms.

  26. aipi says:

    Fantastic bread! I should start baking with pumpkin..will bookmark this one 🙂

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  27. Miriam says:

    Excellent bread! Good luck with the surran wrap thing :), [email protected]Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  28. Shirley says:

    You do your breads really well Joanne.

  29. Katerina says:

    I am a hypochondriac too you know! I always have a bottle of alcohol in my purse. I hate viruses, worms and all these parasits that are stuck in my hands. But I would gladly shake hands with this bread I can tell you that!

  30. Dawn says:

    This looks just too good! (Sorry what a lame comment that was. I promise to do better next time.)

  31. I could never do anything in the health field, I’m very impressionable, I get side effects from medications just by reading them. Power of suggestion 🙂
    But I could see staying home all day with that bread, and peanut butter. Sounds fantastic!

  32. What a beautiful color the bread has and it looks delicious!

    I would never walk in the garden barefoot but I sure dig in the dirt a lot. Now I may start wearing a mask! Yikes!

  33. Joanneeeeeeeeeeeee, you have injected some serious dose of fear in me. I ate dirt, mud, brick, chalk, charcoal and wood ash till I was 11-yrs old. So I could be actually carrying some serious parasites in my body.If you read this comment can you please advise me on which “specialist” I should go and check with. So far nothing has happened but its better to be safe than sorry.

    The bread looks perfect! Perfect color and perfect slices..Yum!

  34. You sound my husband, he scares me all the time just as you did now… it grosses me out thinking about it but heck this bread is good. When I hear pumpkin, I think of Thanksgiving… so this is like thanksgiving on a slice.

  35. Your post has scared me.Your post has come as a horror when right now I m badly trying to fight the pollens in the Vegas air.I m watery eyed and sneezing most of the day.Could it be something else..I think I need google now.
    The first picture looks amazing.I like the blue and yellow contrast.

  36. Nice color on the bread, and the bread seems mid-way between sweet and savoury.

    About eating dirt etc I think there is the other side of the coin. Eating dirt increases resistance to germs. One professor that I know of has a personal theory (can’t remember what he calls it). Application of the theory is fairly straight forward, once in a while drop food on the floor, pick it up and eat it. You are less likely to become sick. Of course one can be picky and choose where to drop the food. I wouldn’t do this in a pub. Also Russians baptise their children in icy cold water and this supposedly strengthens the immune system.

  37. I’m sure a little dirt is fine =P The bread looks great!

  38. katecooks says:

    is it just me or is your photography getting even better? because i literally want to take a dive into that loaf of bread. it looks so amazing and i am sitting here in awe that your kitchen is host to so many fabulous looking – and tasting i am sure! – meals.

  39. What a lovely loaf of bread! I still have a can of pumpkin in my pantry I should use soon. Nice color too!

  40. Lynn says:

    The bread looks delicious, Joanne, though I gotta admit, you almost lost me at the parasite discussion 😉 Luckily that beautiful orange bread kept pulling me back. We’ve grown our own pumpkins the last couple years, so I still have a few bags of puree in the freezer to use up. I made some pumpkin-sesame yeast rolls a few weeks ago that were so light and fluffy, they were to die for. I’ll bet this bread is just as good. I’m not familiar with almond milk, though — does it come in a can?

  41. Johanna GGG says:

    I’d probably be prepared to be wrapped in saran wrap (or cling wrap or glad wrap as we often call it in Australia) if I could eat this bread every single day – it sounds delicious

  42. Julie says:

    I am always barefoot!! Seriously do I have to wear shoes now!!! This bread looks so delicious!!! I will be making it in the kitchen with my shoes on 🙂

  43. Catherine says:

    Well Joanne the bread sounds delicious..I would put butter on it while it was still warm and then rip off a piece and then another piece and try it again…I think you get the picture..Anyway, about the dirt..I wash my hands and face the minute I come home from any store..and I don’t walk just isn’t my thing to walk around barefoot..I just don’t know how that is even comfortable..but I enjoyed your bits of wisdom about dirt and parasites..Blessings, Catherine xox

  44. Pam says:

    No more walking barefoot for me.

  45. EEEWWWWWW! I know what kind of things lurk in the dirt though because my mother warned me about them every time I went outside with no shoes. I’d just rather forget about them though! That bread looks delicious-it would really take my peanut butter and jelly lunch sandwich to a new level. 🙂

  46. Swathi says:

    This pumpkin bread is killler one, I have weakness to yeasted breads.

  47. Big Dude says:

    Your bread sure looks good – the remainder of the posts makes me want to wrap myself in plastic.

  48. They have come out so beautifully baked:)

  49. OohLookBel says:

    Thanks, Joanne, if I wasn’t paranoid before, I certainly am now! I might have a piece of store-bought bread to calm me down. Oh no, is that a spot of mould? Eek, better chuck it out and make some delicous pumpkin bread instead (lovely recipe, by the way).

  50. Candace says:

    I never thought that I would thankful for my mother’s gift of a neuroma to me so that I absolutely cannot go around in barefeet…even to the bathroom…but you did it to me today, Joanne. You make me grateful for the oddest things. 🙂

    I am a little concerned, though, about digging around in the dirt like I hope to enjoy doing this summer. I guess I need gloves, right?

    The beautiful loaf of pumpkin bread looks delicious! Now if I could just get over my fear of yeast, I would be all set! Have a great weekend, girl! Candace

  51. Allison says:

    I mae trashed banana bread last week but pumpkin is making me envious. Thanks for adding to my list of paranoia. Guess I am off to Costco to get some Saran wrap.

  52. Love the bread! I would make it in a heartbeat, and sometimes ignorance is preferable to knowledge.

  53. Ada says:

    It’s funny that you mention parasitic disease since last night there were like five patients in the ER with intestinal parasites! Certainly not a pleasant illness to have. I don’t blame you for wanting to wrap your future children in seran wrap. Consuming sushi is totally worth the risk of gastroentestinal problems though;)

    Um, that bread looks amazing. Pumpkin in yeasted bread? Such a good idea! I bet it would be awesome with some raisins sprinkled inside too. Have a nice weekend!!!

  54. You are too funny! But this bread looks fantastic. I love the almond milk. And it’s just perfect for this chilly weeekend. I keep wishing for spring but it isn’t coming! So a cozy warm yeats bread that makes the apartment smell fantastic should help me remember that cold and cozy are good too!

  55. I think I’d better skip the paragraph of worms…;-))
    What a beautiful loaf!

  56. I remember seeing a show years ago about all the parasites that live on our food. I don’t think I ate cheese for a month and did not take off my socks and then reality hit.Baking bread would be a great comfort to us both.

  57. Peggy says:

    Yeah, I’m totally a freak about bacteria and little “critters” you can’t see with the naked eye. I’m a germ-o-phobe to the max.

    I didn’t have time to make a loaf of bread this week, so I think this pumpkin yeast bread may be on the agenda. Now yeast is an organism that doesn’t scare me one bit! =)

  58. I am certain this would make a fabulous grilled cheese, as well. Brilliant! Cannot wait to try it!

  59. Mary says:

    This looks like a wonderful loaf of bread. I love the crumb and color of your loaf. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  60. Beautiful and healthy bread. Love it!

  61. Nadji says:

    Un pain magnifique. Bravo!!!!
    See soon.

  62. Chris says:

    You have me paranoid now. I am not leaving the house. Your bread looks so perfect, crusty, fluffy, and light.

  63. yepiatethat says:

    hahaha, I took invert zoology for my bachelors degree… the #1 think to learn in that class was “never eat anything raw”. There was a question on every test:”Never ____ anything _____.

    I couldn’t give up sushi either, but I would happily switch my morning toast with PB and banana to this. Think about it, pumpkin, PB, banana toast. Yes please

  64. Danielle says:

    you’re so cracking me up in such a gross way! (which is weird in itself!)….And here I was thinking about playing in the dirt. My poor garden will just have to wait now.
    But this bread looks fantastic! I need some apple butter (apples from someone elses garden and dirt thoroughly washed off please) to go with it

  65. Barbara says:

    Truly, it’s a wonder I survived this long. And my kids, who I raised pretty much the same way….eating dirt, no shoes etc. etc.

    I’m really not going to wait for fall to treat myself to this bread. I have tons of recipes for pumpkin sweet bread, but none for a yeast bread. Looks great, Joanne!

  66. I am in Microbiology and it is slowly but surely turning me into an agoraphobic. At least I will have this amazing bread to make to keep me company 🙂

  67. Lori says:

    Oh, snap! She just broke out the pumpkin in March. 🙂 I’m all about it. This bread looks amazing!

    I remember my food microbiology in undergrad and it scared me out of eating most things. At least for a while anyway.

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  68. Your pumpkin bread looks incredible although I had to skip the parasite lines!

  69. Maria says:

    This looks so lovely, the texture is absolutely perfect!

  70. Tracy says:

    LOL. I’m going to have to agree that after seeing this bread, living at home in paranoia definitely sounds worth it. 😉

  71. Shannon says:

    ummmm, i wanted to like this bread. BUT then i got distracted by talk of parasites. i dunno joanne 😉

  72. Martha (MM) says:

    What gorgeous bread and it sounds scrumptious! And it’s something I can eat (I gave up sweets, fried food and alcohol for lent – what was I thinking?!!)
    I live in Florida, I walk barefoot all the time. Thanks for totally freaking me out, LOL!
    Have a great weekend Joanne 🙂

  73. I have every single one of these ingredients in my cupboard right now. I guess that means I am making pumpkin bread tomorrow.

  74. That pumpkin bread looks great! Noe more walking barefoot for me. Yuck

  75. sophia says:

    I’m the kind who reads about all these microbiological ailments and diseases, and still picks up the sandwich she dropped on the floor and eats it.

    Really, I don’t care. Haha! I have a very blase attitude towards these things…funny thing is I’m still healthy! :-p

  76. daphne says:

    what a good looking loaf of bread! And I love anything pumpkin too.

    oh gosh, reality can be painful isnt it! and i’m with u! We can’t give up sushi.. ever!

  77. You have such a nice site. And I admire you so much….I wish you were my doctor!

  78. Astra Libris says:

    Oh my goodness, I remember when I took Parasitology – it took me years to recover… 🙂 Actually, I really haven’t recovered, I confess… 🙂

    Where has your gorgeous, golden pumpkin bread been my whole life??!!!

  79. I’ve never made anything with yeast (save for an experiment in my third grade class) and I’m scared to! how irrational is that? I also think that I don’t want to because I like instant gratification and I feel like baking breads with yeast takes longer. but I NEED to move away from the microwave, so I’ve bookmarked this for when I get home and have access to a full kitchen 🙂 do you think it would work with some dried cranberries thrown in?

  80. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Those poor hippies will have to start wearing shoes now….how dare you rain on their parade…haha 🙂

    I love the look of this bread too. I have a HUGE can of pumpkin sitting in my pantry and I every time I open the door it looks at me. Maybe it’s a sign I should make this bread?

  81. Kimberley says:

    I am such a sucker for the smell of breads baking on a chilly (okay, frigid out there) day. And I’m in full agreement that walking any dirty city street barefoot is just wrong.

  82. Angel7 says:

    That bread looks really good! I will have to print that recipe and make it sometime.

    Thanks for sharing!

  83. Megan says:

    I admit you have me squirming…I am a germaphobe – but that bread definitely sounds amazing. I love the smell of pumpkin…to have it wafting throughout my place sounds amazing. Yum!

  84. Yes, I could be quite comfortable staying at home as long as a loaf of this bread is in the oven. I love pumpkin bread of all kinds, and this looks like a great one!

  85. Claudie says:

    LOL! This reminds me of a discussion a friend and I had… I was shocked to see a mother let her baby crawl on the La Guardia airport floor (and then see the baby lick his hand without his mother even noticing), while my friend thought this would just make his immunity stronger… Although I don’t think I’ll be an overprotective psychotic freak, I definitely will never allow my kids to crawl on the airport floor. And will certainly not let them lick their hands afterward… yuck!
    Anyway, your bread is very yummy for such a parasitic discussion 🙂 I really like the look of those slices — by its “texture” I can see it’s been perfectly baked 🙂 Really nice!

  86. Elizabeth says:

    This looks like the perfect way to use up that can of pumpkin puree I still have in my cupboard from Thanksgiving. Amazing.

  87. Mo 'Betta says:

    The future parent you described…is me. Neurotic psychofreak, probably causing my kids all kinds of future therapy bills. My mother-in-law thinks I’m a moron b/c I’ve never wanted my kids to play in mud puddles. I explained how they could get WORMS, but she didn’t seem to buy it. and don’t even get my started about public restrooms. I shiver at the mere thought of taking my children in them. But the bread…the bread is fabulous! I love it and bookmarking it!! (and no trip out to Miss Two’s school will be needed…I’m sure I’ll post about it soon. Kids create such unnecessary drama.)

  88. Mmm, I can almost smell that wonderful bread from here!
    I am of the barefoot, eat dirt parenting plan. I guess I inherited it. Anyhoo.. mine seem to have turned out okay.
    Those parents that over doctored, over medicated and over fussed with their kids always seemed to end up with the most fragile of progeny.

  89. What a gorgeous looking loaf of bread. Love the colour and I am sure the flavour is outstanding!

  90. Over here, we have pumpkin all year around. What a nice combo of pumpkin and bread! So healthy and delicious!

  91. Raina says:

    I am a total germaphobe! I have rubbed off on my kids now too. They are constantly washing their hands and using hand sanitizer.

    I definitely could stay home all the time if I had this bread too. I love that you slathered it with PB; that sounds sooo good! Gotta try this soon:)

  92. and I spent my childhood running around in dirty flood water chasing roaches…heheheh I need to learn to be more hygienic. Gorgeous bread! I wonder if I can replace the almond milk with just milk…

  93. Reeni says:

    I am totally paranoid of germs and a bit of a hypochondriac – this didn’t help! I’m getting my saran wrap ready. But first I want a big slab of your bread – so delectable with peanut butter! It looks perfect.

  94. I love the idea of slathering it with peanut butter! I may also try some Nutella. No matter what, I’m sure this bread is just delightful.

  95. Beautiful bread, so nice with pumpkin and all the spices!

  96. theUngourmet says:

    As I was eating my sushi last night I was praying that I wouldn’t end up with any parasites… I’m so neurotic.

    I can just imagine just how fantastic this smelled while it was baking. I’ll bet your neighbors wanted to knock down your door and steal your bread! 😉

  97. Vivienne says:

    omg i watched a documentary on these parasites recently!!!! freaky man. and there was this one parasite which entered this firefighters brain and he wondered why he had migraines and they couldn’t operate on his brain without damaging his brains. i totally freaked after that as well…no more outdoorsy contact with dirt/soil etc.

    oh and yoru pumpkin bread looks glorious. totally worth staying indoors for!

  98. Haha, too much knowledge can be scary 🙂 I bet this bread would be amazing for Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches!! Or any sandwich at all!!

  99. Marisa says:

    Poor saran wrapped kids! Although, having access to this pumpkin goodness will more than make up for any psychological scarring, I’m sure. 😉

  100. Kim says:

    I’m a total germophobe. I think the worst thing for me is my fear of those filthy nasty grocery carts. I want to hose them down every time I go near one.

    I’m with you. Stay inside and eat homemade pumpkin bread smeared with pb, or pumpkin butter as Heather suggested. Looks yummy!

  101. sweetlife says:

    i always freak out when I hear expecting mothers eat dirt, really dirt? Oh goodness, a stunning loaf..oh yeast I love you!


  102. grace says:

    breaking out the pumpkin in march? you rebel! i believe this is the first yeast-using pumpkin bread i’ve seen, and it looks wonderful. now, where’s my cranberry jelly and leftover turkey? 🙂

  103. Kerstin says:

    The smell of homemade is just the best! And this pumpkin bread – *swoon* yes please 🙂

  104. Oooh lovely color and flavor. I haven’t had the most success with homemade bread in the past but try until you get it right, eh?

  105. Stephanie says:

    I was a germaphobe long before I started reading you blog, but you certinaly don’t help the cause! At least you make me laugh at the same time. 🙂

    Great looking bread! I need to get on the homemade bread bandwagon.

  106. Taryn says:

    Joanne, I know you’re calling me out as one of those 1st avenue hippies…so far, no worms 🙂

  107. Ahh I was already a hypochondriac and now I’m freaking out more after the stuff you’ve shared haha. I love the look of this pumpkin bread. I’m still feeling traumatized by the 12 egg pumpkin challah I made, but will save this recipe because I know I’ll want to try it someday!

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