Pullman Loaf

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I am obsessed with my Pullman loaf pan- I just love the shape and the resulting presentation. 🙂 I have been using it for quick breads and had yet to use it with the lid. With the lid in place, the resulting bread has an almost square shape. It was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and, of course, pretty! This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook; I adapted the cooking times for a convection oven. We ate it with Greek Red Lentil Soup but had plenty of leftovers for sandwiches.

I’m bringing this beauty to share at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #58 over at the Novice Gardener- Enjoy!

Yield: One 12 or 13-inch loaf (depending on pan size)

  • 1 1/2 pounds bread flour, plus more for dusting (about 4 1/2 cups)
  • 3 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 T coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 T granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 2 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups warm water (about 110 degrees)
  • vegetable oil or cooking spray for the bowl and pan
  1.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour, yeast, salt, sugar, dry milk, and butter.
  2. Add the warm water, and beat on low-speed until the dough is smooth, elastic, and uniform in color, about 5 minutes.
  3. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and finish kneading it by hand, about 5 times, making sure that all ingredients are fully incorporated and the dough forms a smooth ball.
  4. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. (I used a proofing drawer.)
  5. Punch down the dough. Pull the sides into the center. Invert the dough in the bowl, so that it rests smooth side up. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (proofing drawer) until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  6. Generously brush a 12 or 13-inch Pullman loaf pan with vegetable oil or spray with cooking spray, making sure to undercoat the underside of the lid, as well as the bottom and sides of the pan. Set aside.
  7. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll or press out the dough into a 12-by-8-inch rectangle, with the long side facing you. Starting at the top, roll the dough toward you, gently pressing as you go to form a tight log. Pat the ends to make even. Gently roll the log back and forth to seal the final seam.
  8. Place the loaf, seam side down, in the prepared pan, and slide the lid three-quarters of the way closed. Let rise in a warm place (proofing drawer) until the dough is almost touching the lid, 45 to 60 minutes. (I let mine rise a little bit too long because the dough rose to touch the lid…) IMG_2693
  9. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees (convection).
  10. Close the lid completely and bake, rotating the pan halfway through, until the loaf is light golden brown, about 30 minutes (on convection) to 45 minutes in a standard oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees, re-close the lid, and continue baking another 25 to 30 minutes.
  11. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. (The bread should have a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom. If not, continue baking, covered, checking at 5-minute intervals, until the crust is deep golden brown.)
  12. Remove bread from pan, and let cool completely before slicing. The bread can be wrapped in plastic and kept at room temperature for up to 4 days.

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Skinny Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Bread

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Dave of Dave Bakes may not know this, but he convinced me that I needed a 13-inch Pullman loaf pan. 🙂 I couldn’t wait to ask for it for Christmas, so I bought one on Amazon. Yay! It is FABULOUS. I love it!! What a presentation (& shorter baking time!!). This “skinny” bread was its initiation into my kitchen! Nothing better than a surprise special weekday breakfast for the family (& excuse to use my new pan!).

This recipe was adapted from Chez Catey Lou. It was a moist, low-fat, and special autumn treat -especially with the chocolate chips.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (convection). Grease an 8×5-inch loaf pan. (or a 13x4x4-inch Pullman loaf pan)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugars, oil, and eggs until very well combined. Add pumpkin and yogurt and mix well.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the loaf pan. Bake for 39 minutes (I started checking the loaf at 35 minutes) in the Pullman pan, on convection, or up to 45 – 55 minutes in a standard pan and/or oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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