When I saw Dom's post for pumpkin cluster bread last week I knew that I was finally going to get back into bread making. For weeks...no months...I have been saying "I really should bake some bread" blah, blah, blah...and finally, with some time off and some fantastic inspiration I settled into making some pretty spectacular bread.
Making this bread reminded me why I should be making my own bread...why it is such a fantastic skill and experience. Whenever I make bread...I doubt myself. I get this sinking feeling in my stomach for the first 20 mins when the dough is rising...and then, after an hour when it has doubled in size (if it has doubled) I am in awe of the magic, of the rise, of myself.
I substituted butternut squash for pumpkin and used Waitrose's new Love Life Malted Seeded white flour, and was really happy with the results. I had forgotten the salt completely, but I think the maltiness of the flour made up for that. After about 30 mins in the oven I took the bread out of its tin and continued to bake it on a baking sheet to crisp up the outside and bottom.
This is such a great loaf to get me back into baking, the anxiety alone gave me such a rush. I've filed the recipe away for special occasions...I think it will be amazing along side a huge bowl of homemade soup after a long country walk and I've put half the rolls into the freezer for another day...