How to make a Pumpkin Shaped Sourdough Loaf

I have loved learning to bake sourdough for my family and friends, it is truly a staple in our diet nowadays! The creativity that you can exercise when scoring the bread is hands down one of my favorite parts of the entire process. You can imagine how excited I was when I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw the most beautiful pumpkin shaped sourdough loaf. I just knew I had to make one!

For how stinking cute these little pumpkin loaves are, they are incredibly easy to accomplish, contrary to what one might think. I was a little apprehensive at first, but all my worries faded away once I began the process. All you need is come bakers twine, scissors, parchment paper, and a cutting board to get this adorable pumpkin loaf.

DIY Pumpkin Shaped Sourdough Loaf

This beautiful pumpkin shaped sourdough loaf is the perfect addition to any autumn meal. It is delicious and adorable!
Prep Time5 minutes
Yield: 1 Loaf

Equipment

  • 1 Pair of scissors
  • 1 Roll of bakers twine
  • 1 Roll of parchment paper
  • 1 Large cutting board

Materials

  • Four, 14 inch pieces Bakers twine
  • 1 square Parchment paper

Instructions

  • Take your banneton basket containing your long-fermented sourdough out of the fridge.
  • Cut four, 14 inch pieces of bakers twine. Lay one piece across your loaf that is still in your banneton basket. Lay another 14 inch piece of bakers twine across the center creating a plus sign. Next, lay another piece of bakers twine dividing one section of your plus sign. Then, lay one last piece dividing up the last section. Make sure all of the pieces are lined up where they should be, with equal spacing between each.
  • Place your square of parchment paper on top of the bakers twine pieces, and press gently to adhere the parchment paper to the sourdough loaf.
  • Next, place your large cutting board on top of the parchment paper. Put on hand on top of the cutting board, and the other on the banneton basket, then proceed to flip the loaf over. Sit the cutting board on the counter and remove the banneton basket.
  • Begin picking up corresponding bakers twine from each side of the loaf, and tie them in a knot at the center of the loaf. Do not pull too tight, the bread will rise in the oven.
  • Once all strings have been tied, lightly sprinkle flour on the dough, rub it in, and score the sections of the pumpkin in any way you would like. Once scored, place the loaf in a pre-heated dutch oven and bake like normal.

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