Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Thursday, October 22, 2015

It's officially the season of pumpkins. It's pumpkins everywhere. In coffees, on patios, in candles and even in beers, you get the drift, right? So, last weekend when a friend invited us over for pumpkin carving, I thought I'll make something pumpkin-y for the hostess, you know, to get into the spirit of it. I also loaded my Spotify with Fall/pumpkin playlists, but that story is for another day. Back to pumpkin flavors, I am not a huge fan, but guys, this had the right amount of pumpkin that this recipe is non-pumkin-person-approved. So, this could be your go-to fall recipe. This recipe is taken from www.thepioneerwoman.com, btw, LOVE her.

You can check out the recipe on the pioneer woman's website or you could just follow the instructions here. These instructions might look long, but it's super easy.

Here's the recipe to this goodness: 

  • Dough
  • 1-1/2 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 package (2 1/4 Teaspoons) Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree 
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger (powder) 
  • 1/2 cup (additional) All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Filling
  • 1 stick 1/2 Cup Butter, Melted
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 cup Finely Chopped Pecans 
  • 8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1/2 pound Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Whole Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • Dash Of Salt

Instructions for the Dough
In a saucepan, mix 1 1/2 cups whole milk, 1/2 Cup of oil, and 1/2 cup sugar. Heat until hot but not boiling, then remove the pan from the stove and allow it to cool until the mixture is warm to the touch but not too hot. Sprinkle the yeast over the surface of the liquid and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Stir in pumpkin puree.
Mix 4 cups of flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Sprinkle it into the saucepan and stir until it just comes together. Cover the saucepan with a towel and set in a warm place for 1 hour. I kept it in the oven wit the light turned on. 
After 1 hour, the mixture should have doubled in size. Stir in 1/2 cup flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until totally combined. 

Instructions for the Rolls and the filling
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees Celsius). Drizzle butter into a larger baking dish and smear it all over the bottom of the pans.
Turn out dough onto a floured surface and press it into a rectangular shape. If it's sticky, sprinkle with flour until it's easier to handle. Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough into a large rectangle about 10 inches by 30 inches. 
Drizzle the melted 1 stick of butter over the dough and smear it all over the surface with your fingers. Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Sprinkle this all over the surface of the dough, covering all the melted butter. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup chopped pecans. 
Roll it tightly as you go so the rolls with be nice and neat. When it's all rolled, pinch the seam closed and turn the roll over so that the seam is facing down.

Slice and place them in the buttered dish. Let it sit  for 20 minutes, then bake for 15-18 minutes or until nice and golden brown around the edges. 

Instructions for the frosting
While the rolls are baking, make the frosting by combining all the frosting ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until fluffy, adding more milk if you'd like a thinner icing.

Ice rolls the second they come out of the oven. Sprinkle extra nuts over the frosting, then allow them to sit for 15 minutes before serving. Yum! 

P.S. These are for anyone reading this in India. I have made sure all the ingredients are easily available in India. But I could not find canned pumpkin puree, so maybe you can try making some. Looks very easy. Or skip the pumpkin and turn it into cinnamon rolls :) 

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