Easy Pumpkin No Knead Bread

Pumpkin No Knead Bread -A boule of bread topped with pumpkin seeds in an ivory Dutch oven.

This delicious Pumpkin No Knead Bread looks like you’ve been slaving in the kitchen for hours but really is so easy to make. Enjoy it with your favourite fall comfort soup or stew.

This post first appeared over at Noshing With The Nolands where I’m a contributor. Now, I’m so excited to be able to share this delicious loaf with YOU!
 

Pumpkin No Knead Bread

As the weather cools, the urge to stay inside and cook all the comfort foods increases. It’s the time of year when we trade our summer salads and barbecue tools for braised short ribs and rich stews. This Pumpkin No Knead Bread is the perfect side for all your favourite fall comfort food dishes. Let the carb loading begin!

Pumpkin No Knead Bread -A boule of bread topped with pumpkin seeds on a black cooling rack.

The very first time I saw the New York Times famous No Knead Bread recipe, I knew I had to try it. From then on, I was hooked on bread baking including my most recent sourdough baking experiments.

Pumpkin No Knead Bread -A clear glass bowl containing risen dough.

What is No Knead Bread?

The three most important characteristics of No Knead Bread are:

  • very little commercial yeast when compared to regular yeast breads. 
  • a long rise or long fermentation period.
  • a very wet sticky dough (high hydration) when compared with regular yeast breads.

No Knead Bread vs. Traditional Bread

In No Knead Bread, long gluten strands (which give the bread an airy texture) result from the long rise and higher hydration while traditional bread making methods rely on a lot of kneading to develop the gluten.  

Pumpkin No Knead Bread -Bread dough sits proofing in a bread basket.

Despite the name, No Knead Bread is not an entirely hands-off bread baking method. Some hand mixing is required at the beginning to ensure all ingredients are properly mixed.

In addition, some stretching and folding (see photos below) helps to shape the bread before the final rise. 

Pumpkin No Knead Bread -A series of four process photos showing how to stretch bread dough.

How Much Time Does it Take to Make No Knead Bread?

Even though it looks like this recipe takes forever, most of that time is entirely hands-off. The bread is practically making itself!

The great thing is that you can adjust the timing of this recipe to suit your own schedule. For example: mix up the ingredients in a large bowl before you leave for work in the morning, then come home and finish it later that evening.

I like to mix mine up at midnight, then do my final shaping at noon and bake around 3 pm. The timing really does depend on the temperature and humidity in your home.

Pumpkin No Knead Bread -A boule of unbaked dough topped with seeds sits on white marble counter.

How to Make This No Knead Bread On Your Own

This easy recipe produces an artisan-quality loaf or boule with a golden brown crusty exterior and beautifully textured interior. It’s simply topped with pumpkin seeds, white and black sesame seeds.

Everyone has different tastes so feel free to experiment with other toppings such as nuts or cheese. Other ways to add your own flavor to this bread include adding herbs and spices, cheese, or olives during the mixing step. 

Pumpkin No Knead Bread - A round boule of bread topped with pumpkin seeds surrounded with small bowl of the same seeds. 

How to Store No Knead Bread

Congratulations! You have now made your very own gorgeous boule of Pumpkin No Knead Bread. If you don’t immediately inhale all of the bread and want to store it, here’s how: To maintain that beautiful crisp crust, store it in a closed paper bag or linen bread bag.

Otherwise, store the loaf in an airtight plastic bag. Remember there are no preservatives in this bread so it’s best to consume it within a few days of baking.

PIN Pumpkin No Knead Bread HERE. 

Pumpkin No Knead Bread - Pinterest image of a slice of homemade bread and another image with a whole round loaf topped with seeds.

Recipe adapted from this recipe by Chef John.

Yield: 1 boule 6 Servings

Super Seedy Pumpkin No Knead Bread

Super Seedy Pumpkin No Knead Bread

This delicious Pumpkin No Knead Bread looks like you've been slaving in the kitchen for hours but really is so easy to make. Enjoy it with your favourite fall comfort soup or stew.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 15 hours
Total Time 15 hours 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup pumpkin pureé
  • 1/4 tsp active yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • assorted seeds (for this loaf, plain shelled pumpkin seeds, white and black sesame seeds but use what you like)

Instructions

  1. Place pumpkin purée, water, salt, yeast, and honey in a large mixing bowl. Mix together well.
  2. Add I cup of flour and thoroughly combine, repeat with 2 remaining cups of flour.
  3. Reach into the bowl and mix well with your hands. Knead dough until it is smooth and elastic.
  4. Tidy dough into a ball and cover. Let rise 12-16 hours; until the dough has more than doubled and bubbles can be seen on the dough surface.
  5. Carefully remove dough from the bowl and place onto a clean counter top.
  6. Grab the side of the dough farthest away from you, stretch up (about 3 times the height of the dough) then fold over the dough. Repeat on the right side of the dough, the side closest to you, and finally the left side.
  7. Flip over the dough ball so that the smooth side is on top. Cup your hands around the ball and slide it slightly forward on the counter top. Rotate, and repeat until the dough is a neat ball.
  8. Carefully place the dough ball (smooth top facing downward) in a well floured banneton. Alternatively, line a medium bowl with a well floured tea towel and place the dough ball in there.
  9. Cover and let rise until doubled, approximately 1-2 hours.

TO BAKE:

  1. Place Dutch oven in your oven and pre-heat until it reaches 450 F.
  2. Cut a circle of parchment paper the size of the bottom of your Dutch oven. Place it over the basket (or bowl).
  3. To remove bread from basket/bowl, place a cutting board over the parchment paper, grab the basket/bowl with your thumbs and flip the whole thing over using a quick motion.
  4. Moisten hands and lightly rub over the surface of the boule. Scatter the seeds over the bread surface. You may need to press them in slightly.
  5. Score the bread with a sharp knife or bread lame.
  6. Remove hot Dutch oven from your oven and carefully lower the boule into the pot (by holding onto the parchment paper).
  7. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and bake for another 20-25 minutes. Baking time may vary from oven to oven.
  8. Remove bread from Dutch oven and place on rack to cool.

Notes

Please note: 1) The temperature and humidity in your home will affect dough rising times.

2) Oven temperatures may vary. Mine runs hot so I bake at 425 F. If you have an average or cooler oven, try starting at 450 F then reducing to 425 F after you remove the lid.

*A banneton is a type of basket used to provide structure for shaped loaves of bread during proofing. Banneton baskets are also known as brotform or proofing baskets. It is normally used for doughs that are too soft or wet to maintain their shape while rising. Source: Wikipedia

**A lame (/lɑːm, læm/) is a double-sided blade that is used to slash the tops of bread loaves in artisan baking. A lame is used to score (also called slashing or docking) bread just before the bread is placed in the oven. ... This significantly improves the appearance of baked breads. Source: Wikipedia

33 comments

  1. Aleta

    I LOVE pumpkin bread, it’s probably my #1 most favourite type of all time! I love that this is a super easy no knead bread, can’t wait to make my very own at home!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      HI Aleta, I hope you do give it a try…I was so happy with this recipe and couldn’t wait to share it.

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  2. Amanda

    What a great bread recipe! The pumpkin is perfect for the fall, and those seeds add a nice heartiness. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Who doesn’t LOVE pumpkin in the fall?! Thanks for stopping by Amanda.

      Reply

  3. Colleen

    This bread looks amazing, and so perfect for my upcoming harvest get together. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh, yes it would be great for any gathering. A show stopper. I have recently heard that if you tie butcher string on before baking, it bakes up and looks like a pumpkin! I have to try this out for sure.

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  4. Isabelle @ Crumb

    What a gorgeous loaf! I am loving the combo of pumpkin and seeds… it feels so perfect for fall. Plus I am all about the no knead bread right now, because I’m a little bit lazy (okay, maybe more than a little bit) and it always comes out perfect.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      haha, it really is the perfect lazy baking fall loaf. I have made more than a few!

      Reply

  5. Lisa

    This bread looks amazing, and I can only imagine how good it tastes! It must make delicious sandwiches…yum! Definitely pinning this so I don’t forget it!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Hmmm sandwiches…great idea! We didn’t get that far lol

      Reply

  6. Leanne

    That’s a perfect loaf of bread Bernice! Love that it’s no knead, and the pumpkin puree and seeds are a delicious addition. Looks so fallish! Pinning!

    Reply

  7. Veronika's Kitchen

    Oh, This bread with PERFECT golden crust looks AMAZING! It’s so cold outside today, so baking a loaf of bread sounds like a great idea now!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Ahhh those are the best baking days. Thanks for stopping by Veronika.

      Reply

    2. Bernice Hill

      Yes! Especially with a bowl of hot soup!!

      Reply

  8. Kristen

    Wow Bernice, I’m so excited to try this. I’ve attempted to make bread maybe 3 times in my life…it’s just not my thing. I am way more a cook than baker. But – you’ve made this look so easy, there’s no way I can’t give it a try.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Kristen, believe me. This recipe is SO easy. I really hope you give it a try!

      Reply

  9. Tammy

    What a gorgeous loaf!! I’ve never had pumpkin bread but since I love pumpkin this is a recipe I would love to try! I also love making my own bread ^_^

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Give it a go, it’s pretty delicious…one thing I want to try is tying string around it in sections before baking. Then it looks like a pumpkin after baking!

      Reply

  10. Katherine | Love In My Oven

    This is SO genius. I want to try it with some butternut squash soup, just for ALL the cozy, fall feels!! It looks awesome!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      oh that would be delicious…the perfect fall meal!

      Reply

  11. Denise

    I have never tried pumpkin bread like this, and it looks incredible! I appreciate your step by step instructions since I’m a novice at making bread.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      That’s amazing Denise, thanks so much for your feedback. I hope you do give it a go!

      Reply

  12. Mimi

    Bernice!!!!! Where have you been?!! Or did something happen? I used to get your posts, and I only found you again from someone else’s blog. Weird! Glad to have you back in my life, and I absolutely love this post. I’ve never made a no-knead bread, but with my thumb arthritis, I definitely must make this. Thanks!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Hi Mimi!! Nice to hear from you again! I haven’t really gone anywhere…though I did switch to self hosting and that must have screwed up post emails. Glad you’re back, please do try the bread, it’s quite easy on the hands.

      Reply

  13. Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer

    I absolutely love no knead breads! When my chef hand was in a cast, I made these all the time as I couldn’t go without homemade bread. Yours looks so good! Give me a slice with some cinnamon honey butter!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      ooo yes! That would be very tasty.

      Reply

  14. Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen

    This is such a perfect bread for fall and I love that it’s no knead but still so fluffy! Can’t wait to make this!

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  15. Gunjan

    Wow! This is amazing. I would definitely love to bake this bread and enjoy with my family.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thanks for stopping by Gunjan, I hope you do! It’s a delicious treat and so satisfying to make your own bread.

      Reply

  16. Tara

    I still haven’t made no knead bread (it’s been on my to-make list for years) but your pumpkin bread sounds like the perfect introduction to the no-knead world for me! I love your step-by-step photos – you make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Bernice!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      I hope you do give it a try, it’s very satisfying!

      Reply

  17. Paula Montenegro

    The bread looks wonderful and perfect for the season. I will be trying it soon! Love the seeds on top and that golden crust. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Enjoy! Thank you so much for stopping by Paula.

      Reply

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