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Swirled Pumpkin Yeast Bread

I call this my "hostess gift" pumpkin bread, but it's fantastic for any occasion at all. Swirls of cinnamon sugar make every slice irresistible. —Shirley Runkle, St. Paris, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 pieces each)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups bread flour
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened

Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix first 7 ingredients and 2 cups bread flour. In a small saucepan, heat water, pumpkin, oil and applesauce to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Add eggs; beat on high 2 minutes. Stir in raisins and enough remaining bread flour to form a firm dough.
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Mix brown sugar and cinnamon. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into an 18x9-in. rectangle. Spread each with 2 tablespoons butter to within 1/2 in. of edges and sprinkle with 1/4 cup brown sugar mixture. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side; pinch seam to seal. Place in greased 9x5-in. loaf pans, seam side down. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Bake until golden brown, 50-60 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 202 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 130mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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