Spiced Delicata Squash {Halloween}

Gosh I’m late getting on here this week. I was trying out new bread recipes and didn’t get to taste them until the day before yesterday. Then I was busy busy busy making bread for you and then the internet failed me and this post was never written. I blame the internet!!

So I had a pretty soggy bike ride on Wednesday to the People’s Co-op Farmer’s Market. How is it that the rain hold off all day and then the minute you want/need to get out it starts pouring on you? The same thing happened with my Monday bread delivery. I held off delivering because weather.com promised me fairer weather in “half an hour” and that half an hour kept getting pushed back and back every time I refreshed the page. Finally I decided to venture out and get some warm bread to you all and the weather was fairly kind, drizzling on me the majority of the time but nothing too major. Then, just 15-minutes from home the darkest clouds appeared in front of me and then suddenly it was just sheets of rain the rest of the ride home. I got home, hands numb up to my wrists from cold. I had to peel wet clothing layer off from me. I took a hot shower, got dressed, peeked out the window, and…..sunshine!!! Jeez…

Anyhow I digressed. So, I made it to a pretty soggy farmer’s market and bought about 18 pounds of delicata squash from Flying Onion Farm. I cut them in half, scooped out the seeds, and coated them with a combination of olive oil, fennel and crushed coriander. Then I roasted them until they were tender, and pureed them with some spicy chipotle peppers until I got this smooth orange spicy puree. That puree went into the dough mix and what resulted was a beautifully tender loaf spotted with red chipotle bits with a wonderful spiced aroma. Beware: the heat of the chipotle seems to increase a tad by day 2 or 3, but I wouldn’t go as far to say that the bread is spicy. Every chipotle is different though so it’s possible the heat of this batch might be different from the sample loaf I made.

I’ll be out in a few hours with warm bread for you….Happy Halloween!!

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