This is just a simple sweet yeastbread filled with pumpkin and spices and glazed generously with spiced maple syrup. I just love the smell and taste of this. I usually make babkas (Nussstriezel) filled with ground hazelnuts or almonds, I was surprised how good it was with a pumpkin filling.
Nothing complicated for the filling, just pumpkin puree sweetened with coconut sugar, spiced it up with cinnamon and pumpkin spice mix. For the dough I used my sweet yeastbread recipe that you can find here: Almond Croissants just changed the flour ingredients to 200 g unbleached all-purpose flour and 100 g spelt flour and spiced it up a bit by adding 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp cinnamon:)
Pumpkin Spice Babka
- Almond Croissants
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Pumpkin Spice filling:
- 200 g pumpkin puree, (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix
Spiced Maple Syrup Glaze
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix
-Prepare dough in advance, it needs at least 1 hour to rise. In the meanwhile prepare your pumpkin filling by mixing together pumpkin puree, coconut sugar and spices.
-Whisk together maple syrup, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice mix, set aside.
-Line a loaf pan or a baking sheet with parchment paper
-When doubled in size, roll out dough into a rectangular shape. Then spread pumpkin filling evenly all over. Start rolling dough up from the longest side, like you would for a cinnamon bun and gently pinch ends together. Cut log lengthwise in half so filling is exposed, pinch one end. Twist both pieces, pinch the other end to secure.
-Place in prepared loaf pan or baking sheet. Cover and let rise for another 30 minutes.
-Bake in preheated 350F/180C oven for 40 minutes.
-About 25 minute into baking brush some of the syrup onto babka. Bake until golden brown. Remove from stove and brush with remaining syrup. Let cool before cutting.
–Make sure your spice mixes are not old, it looses its flavor over time.–
Wishing everyone a happy weekend and to all my Canadian friends a happy Thanksgiving!