Butternut Bread Recipe From Bertus Basson

This recipe for butternut bread was created by Bertus Basson and made while The Ultimate Braai Master was being filmed in the Cederberg. Head straight on to the recipe ♥

Butternut Bread – Extracted from Road Tripping by Justin Bonello, written by Helena Lombard (Penguin)
Butternut Bread – Extracted from Road Tripping by Justin Bonello, written by Helena Lombard (Penguin)

Bad service is spelled: j-o-h-a-n-j-a-n-s-e-n-v-a-n-v-u-u-r-e-n. Before I spend a lot of money on something I want to make sure I’m getting exactly what I need. The tech guru I listen to on the radio rates the Apple iPad as the best tablet on the market. My BlackBerry PlayBook is still functional but no longer up-to-date. I researched the various iPads and chose to purchase an iPad mini 4 in the new year. However, my mom told me they were having a 20% price hike on the 1st of January and at R7000 already, this was the limit I wanted to spend. Dave went with me to Somerset Mall and even though I could get the iPad at 5% less at Dion Wired, I chose to go to the Istore as they offer free, unlimited back up and support. I waited in the queue for a free sales assistant and Aishaa Botha was the first person available. I queried the price and she said she would inform her manager as they should be the cheapest. When she planned on doing that was not clear. She then asked if I wanted a silver, gold, or space grey back cover. I queried the difference and she told me that the front screen border would be black or white depending on my choice. As I prefer the clean look of the white surround I was told I could get silver or gold. Before I made my choice I enquired whether the protective cover covered the back. I was told all covers concealed the rear so I told her the colour would not matter. Turns out she was wrong! They did not have generic covers in stock and at this stage I was not offered the Apple cover which only protects the screen. Had I been offered this I would have asked for the gold backed iPad. But Aishaa chose silver for me. She sold me a glass screen guard and charged me for the items and attempted to process my Diners Card. After 2 attempts she worked out that the store does not take that specific card. I then paid with my Amex card and she opened the box and tried to put the screen guard on. This failed as it did not fit and so the assistant sales manager was called. The assistant sales manager was aware of this problem and I was now peeved off that I would have an iPad with no screen protection, or cover protection what-so-ever. The assistant sales manager then came back to me with an offer of a 5% discount on an original cover at which stage my sense of humour failed. The manager was called and out walked the man who had interrupted my sale as he didn’t want to assist a customer. He would not listen to my complaint, bullied the sales staff and I left upset, without my iPad being set up, the details of the sale explained to me and not even a bag for the box. I had not had the iPad for 5 minutes and already I was regretting my purchase! This is a huge investment for me and something I have saved the entire year for. The one thing I never regret is baking bread. This recipe for butternut bread was a total experiment as I chose to make it in the oven. The original recipe calls for the bread to be cooked in a pot which you place into the coals of a barbecue.

Butternut Bread

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5 from 3 votes

Butternut Bread

This bread is perfect served with sausages you have cooked over the open fire, or just buttered and eaten warm
Recipe Category: Bread


for the dough

  • 500 g bread flour plus extra for dusting
  • 350 mls water
  • 5 g dried yeast
  • 20 g fructose
  • 20 g salt

for the butternut

  • 1 small butternut peeled and cut into small cubes
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

for the bread

  • Butter for greasing
  • Maize meal for dusting
  • 1 handful of pumpkin seeds


  • Preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  • Place the flour, water, yeast, fructose and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer
  • Mix on a low speed for 1 minute
  • Increase the speed and mix for 3 minutes
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface
  • Knead until smooth and the gluten has developed
  • Place the dough into a bowl and cover with a dish towel
  • Leave to prove until doubled in size
  • Place the butternut into an oven proof dish
  • Drizzle with olive oil and season to taste
  • Place into the oven and bake for 50 minutes
  • Remove and set aside to cool
  • Lightly grease a lidded casserole dish (I used my cocotte)
  • Dust with the maize meal
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and gently knock it down
  • Roll the dough into a ball and place seam side down into the dish
  • Place the butternut on top of the dough and sprinkle on the pumpkin seeds
  • Cover with lightly oiled cling film and set aside to rise by a third
  • Preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  • Remove the cling film and place the lid onto your dish
  • Bake for 2 hours
  • Remove from the oven
  • Remove the bread from the dish and serve

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Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa and this recipe for butternut bread formed part of the review and is published with permission. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

What I blogged January 4:

I am on leave until the 11th of January. I will reply to comments on my posts when I can during the holidays. May 2016 hold all your dreams and wishes.

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