Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting

Got this recipe from here and she found it from here.  Who knows where it originally started.  But let me tell you, they are delicious.  Andrew has made them twice now, and stashed some of the second batch in the freezer so we have been able to enjoy a little treat here and there.  He says that they are easy...but who knows.  After watching him bake so many different types of breads in the last few months, and have all of them turn out amazing, I think his judgement of what is easy may be a little bit warped. 
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
2 cups bread flour (you can use regular all purpose flour but bread flour makes them lighter)
1/2 cup brown sugar
packed 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons melted butter
  • In small saucepan, heat milk and 2 tablespoons butter just until warm and butter is almost melted, stirring constantly. 
  • In large mixer bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. 
  • Add milk mixture and beat with electric mixer until well mixed. 
  • Beat in egg and yeast. 
  • Add half of the flour to pumpkin mixture. 
  • Beat mixture on low speed 5 minutes, scraping sides of bowl frequently. 
  • Add remaining flour and mix thoroughly (dough will be very soft). 
  • Turn into lightly greased bowl, then grease surface of dough lightly. 
  • Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. 
  • Punch dough down. 
  • Spray a surface with cooking spray or turn onto floured surface. 
  • Knead a few turns to form a smooth dough, sprinkling with enough additional flour to make dough easy enough to handle. 
  • Roll dough into 12x10 inch rectangle. 
  • In small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. 
  • Brush surface of dough with melted butter. 
  • Sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. 
  • Beginning with long side of dough, roll up jellyroll style. 
  • Pinch seam to seal. 
  • With sharp knife, cut roll into twelve 1- inch slices. 
  • Place rolls, cut side up, in greased 11x17 inch baking pan. 
  • Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, 30 to 45 minutes. 
  • Bake rolls at 350 degrees about 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  • Remove from pan to waxed paper-lined wire rack. 
  • Cool 10 to 15 minutes. 
  • Drizzle with Caramel frosting. 
  • Makes 12 rolls. 

Caramel Frosting
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar,
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 dash salt
3/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • In small saucepan, heat butter until melted. 
  • Stir in brown sugar and milk. 
  • Stir in brown sugar and milk. 
  •  Cook over medium low heat 1 minute. 
  • Transfer to small mixer bowl and cool mixture. 
  • Stir in vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and confectioners' sugar. 
  • Beat with electric mixer until well blended. 
  • If necessary, add more confectioners' sugar for desired consistency.

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