Monday, October 5, 2015

Cinnamon-Swirl Pumpkin Rolls

Each fall we process our eating pumpkins and freeze to enjoy throughout the year. Depending on the growing season,  I usually have plenty of pumpkin puree. I use most of it in baked goods, but use to make bisque, oatmeal and pudding. 

These delicious breakfast rolls combine pumpkin, whole grain flour and dried fruit to provide a hearty start to your day. If you don't eat them all, they re-warm well in the microwave. I added the dried cranberries and swapped out the crystallized ginger for pecans.

Combine dough ingredients in a mixer until a shaggy dough comes together. 

Knead for a few minutes. Dough will form a soft, smooth ball.

Place in a greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise.

Roll dough on a greased surface to 14" x 22" rectangle.

Top with cinnamon sugar and dried fruit/crystallized ginger, if using.

Starting at the short end, roll dough to form a log. Pinch seam to seal.

Slice log into 9 equal pieces. Place in a greased 9" pan. Cover and let rise.

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 375 degrees. Let cool 15 minutes.

Make glaze and drizzle over rolls. 

Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Rolls
Adapted from King Arthur Flour

1 cup canned or fresh pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup lukewarm water*
1/4 cup soft butter
2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 3/4 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, optional
3 tablespoons brown sugar, light or dark
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast
*Adjust the amount of water by the time of year or your climate. For summer, or in a humid enivronment, use the lesser amount of water. In winter, or in a dry climate, use the greater amount. 

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup minced crystallized ginger, raisins, or dried cranberries, optional

1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 tablespoons milk, or enough to make a "drizzlable" glaze

Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients together — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — until you've made a soft, fairly smooth dough. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise for 1 1/2 hours, until it's almost doubled in bulk. Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased surface. Roll it into a 14" x 22" rectangle; the dough will be thin.

Make the filling: Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon. Spread over dough, leaving one short edge free of filling. Sprinkle with crystallized ginger or dried fruit (or both), if desired. Starting with the short end that's covered with filling, roll the dough into a log.

Cut the log into nine 1 ½"-thick rolls. Place the rolls into a lightly greased 9" x 9" pan that's at least 2" deep. Set aside, covered, to rise for 1 hour, or until the rolls look puffy.

Bake the rolls in a preheated 375°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until they're lightly browned and feel set. Remove them from the oven, and set them on a rack. Turn them out of the pan, and allow them to cool for about 15 minutes. Towards the end of the cooling time, make the glaze.

To make the glaze: Heat the butter and milk together till the butter melts. Whisk into the sugar.  Drizzle the warm rolls with the warm glaze. Sprinkle with chopped nuts, if desired.

Yield: 9 rolls.

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