WHAT’S IN SEASON: BIG SUR BAKERY’S SAVORY PUMPKIN BREAD

feeding the chickens
Michelle Wojtowicz oversees bread
baking and desserts at Big Sur Bakery.

BIG SUR BAKERY’S
SAVORY PUMPKIN BREAD

BY RENEE BRINCKS
PHOTOGRAPH BY SARA REMINGTON

For Michelle Wojtowicz of Big Sur Bakery, autumn means menus built around seasonal delights such as quince, apple and, of course, pumpkin. Pumpkins don’t have a dominant flavor, she says, so they mix well with sweet potatoes, Butternut squash and a variety of spices. The restaurant’s popular pumpkin yeast bread, seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and sea salt, puts a surprising twist on the traditional fall fruit.

“It’s a table bread—it’s a bread to have with dinner, or to make French toast out of in the morning, or to use for croutons. It’s not a sweet bread,” Wojtowicz says. “You get all the flavors of a pumpkin pie, but in more of a savory option.”

To sample the pumpkin bread, visit the Big Sur Bakery this fall season, reserve a seat for the restaurant’s traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner or make it yourself at home with this recipe from the Big Sur Bakery Cookbook.

RECIPE

PUMPKIN BREAD

Local foods in season now:

Fruit: Apples • Avocados • Figs • Grapefruit • Kiwi
Melons • Lemons • Persimmons • Plums • Pomegranates
Oranges • Peaches • Pears • Quince • Raspberries
Strawberries • Tomatoes • Nectarines

Vegetables: Artichokes • Arugula • Basil • Beets • Bok Choy
Broccoli • Brussels Sprouts • Cabbage • Carrots Cauliflower
Celery • Chard • Collards • Corn • Cucumber • Eggplant
Garlic • Kale • Leeks • Lettuce • Mushrooms • Mustard Greens
Onions • Bell Peppers • Potatoes • Radishes • Spinach • Squash
Sprouts • Sunchokes • Turnips • Wheatgrass

Nuts: Almonds • Chestnuts • Pinenuts • Pistachios
Walnuts

Fish: Albacore Tuna • Cabezon • California Halibut
Dover Sole • Lingcod • Market Squid • Pacific Sardine
Petrale Sardine • Rock Crab • Sablefish • Shortspine
Thornyhead • Spot Prawn • Swordfish

Source: CAFF and area farmers’ market operators

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