Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Heaven On Earth... Oh I mean Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls...

Oh the joys of fall... How I love thee. The leaves, the air, the flavors...Too bad in this strange place called Houston I can only enjoy the last.....
Let's hope this record hot weather goes back to Hades.
I mean I guess maybe mother natures excuse is the fact we got spoiled with the best weather for TWO WEEKS in the beginning of October. Houston had never seen nicer days...
I'll say my weather god prayers and do my cool air dance, oh yeah and EAT PUMPKIN CINNAMON ROLLS to bring the cold weather back.

Yes that is right my friends, pumpkin mother effing cinnamon rolls.
I mean COME ON.
Did someone really have to make this recipe.
It probably should be banned.
From life.

Now I know for a fact people are going to get all excited and then look at the recipe and PANIC... "OH MY GOSH!" They say.

Calm yourselves.
It's not that scary.
I mean there are much scarier things in the world like Justin Bieber...

Just follow the recipe and stay calm. Keep that brain in Alpha.

Slather on da butter

Sprinkle on the happy

Roll up da baby

Slice away

Arrange the rolls and allow them to rise to the heavens of happy

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

rolls from King Arthur Flour adapted by Good Life Eats
makes approximately 15-16 rolls


Roll Dough:
1/4 cup warm water (not hot, about 110 degrees)
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1/3 cup warm milk
1 large egg, beaten
3/4 cup pumpkin puree, either fresh or canned
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 cups (approximately) Bread Flour
1 1 /4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 stick butter
2/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon each of allspice and ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves

Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 ounces cream cheese
1 stick (4 ounces) butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
2-3 cups powdered sugar


In a large bowl, stir yeast into water to soften. Let rest for 5 minutes before stirring. Add milk, eggs, pumpkin, butter, 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom to yeast mixture. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes.

Gradually add remaining flour (all purpose), a little at a time, until you have a dough stiff enough to knead. Start with about 1 1/2 cups and increase if necessary. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead, adding flour as necessary, until you have a smooth, elastic dough.

Put dough into an oiled bowl. Turn once to coat entire ball of dough with oil. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Combine the white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and cloves in a small bowl, set aside. Transfer the risen dough to a lightly greased work surface, and pat or roll it into a 16" x 12" rectangle. Spread softened butter over dough and then sprinkle with the sugar mixture.

Roll the dough into a log the long way; it'll stretch to about 20" long as you roll. Using a very sharp knife, slice the log into 15 slices. In order to cut down on drag, it helps to rinse the blade in hot water, and wipe it off, between slices. Place slices in a greased 9x13 inch baking pan (or in two 8 or 9 inch round cake or pie pans). Cover with a towel and let rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.

Bake in a preheated 375°F oven. Bake the rolls till they're brown around the edges and beginning to turn golden brown across the center, about 20-30 minutes.

While rolls bake, prepare the cream cheese frosting. Add the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and lemon juice to a small food processor. Blend until smooth and combined. Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, blending in between, until well mixed and desired consistency is reached. (I used 2 cups powdered sugar)

Frost warm rolls with the cream cheese frosting and serve immediately.

For night before prep: Prepare the rolls up to the point where you roll and place in the pan. Then, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, remove the pan from the fridge and proceed with the instructions where you left off. Rising time may be slightly longer than noted in the recipe due to the dough being cold vs room temp.

1 comment:

  1. 1) I know, I sooo miss the cold weather. It's just not fair that practically everywhere else is having nice cool weather...while we sweat. In *October*. That's just wrong.

    2) Once again, you have made me start drooling, haha. And my "Things to bake/cook" list has grown

    and 3) Lol! Yes, yeast as far less scary than Justin Bieber

    *mouth continues to water while looking at the pictures* Ooooo...