Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Amazing.  Spectacular.  Unreal.  Possibly the most delicious, indulgent thing I've ever baked, and as someone who doesn't consider something to be a "dessert" without chocolate, that's saying a lot.  


6 tbsp butter, divided
1/2 cup milk warm (not over 116F)
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (from 1 .25-ounce or 7 gram envelope yeast)
3 1/2 c flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cardamom (optional)
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2/3 cups pumpkin puree
1 large egg
Oil for coating rising bowl


3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon


4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp milk or buttermilk

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
Few drops vanilla extract (optional)

Make your dough:

- Melt butter (if in pan, brown slightly) - let cool slightly
- Put yeast in small bowl with warm milk, allow to foam for 5-7min (start over if it doesn't)
- In mixer combine flour, sugars, salt, spices, and 1/4c (4 tbsp) of the melted butter, stir

- Add yeast-milk mixture, pumpkin, egg, mix until combined
- Change to dough hook, run for 5 min on LOW
- Put mixture into large oiled bowl, cover w plastic, set for 1 hour to double in size
- Line the bottom of two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper and butter the sides of the pan and the paper.

Assemble buns:

- Remove dough from bowl, flour top well, roll it out into 16x11" rectangle
- Brush w remaining (2tbsp) melted butter, sprinkle mixture of sugars/salt/cinnamon
- Roll dough from long side into tight spiral, use serrated knife to gently saw into 1" sections
- Put buns into pans, cover w plastic wrap, let rise 45 min
- CHOICE: either put them in fridge now and leave them out for 1-hour in morning, or remove plastic and bake now at 350 for 25 min


- Beat your cream cheese until it is light and fluffy. 
- Add powdered sugar and vanilla.
- Drizzle in milk until you get the consistency you’re looking for, either thick enough to ice or thin enough to drizzle.

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