Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese and Caramel Frosting

There is this recipe... Because who doesn't need pumpkin and cinnamon rolls and cream cheese frosting and caramel frosting all wrapped into one breakfast?  These were a tasty alternative to the traditional cinnamon roll.  I love those, too!  However, I had to make about 15 dozen of them for a fun raiser over the summer, and I could barely muster up the motivation to make some again.  :)  I'm traumatized!  These were well worth the time though.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese and Caramel Frosting

Yield: 12 rolls

1/3 c milk
2 T butter
1/2 c canned pumpkin
2 T sugar
1/4 t nutmeg
1 T pumpkin pie spice
1/2 t salt
1 egg, beaten
1 package dry yeast (or 2 1/2 T)
2 c flour (bread flour is best, but regular flour is fine)
1/2 c brown sugar, packed
2 t cinnamon
2 T melted butter

Caramel Frosting
2 T butter
1/4 c brown sugar, packed
1 drop vanilla
1/8 t pumpkin pie spice
1 dash salt
1/3 c powdered sugar

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 T milk
3/4 c powdered sugar
One drop vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, heat milk an 2 T butter just until the milk starts to boil and the butter is melted, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  In your mixer bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Stir with your paddle attachment until it's combined.   Add the milk/butter mixture. Beat with an electric mixer until well-mixed.  Beat in the egg and yeast.

Add half (1 cup) of the flour to the pumpkin mixture.  Turn the mixer on low and beat for five minutes.  Add the other 1 c of flour and mix thoroughly.  Lightly grease a large bowl, and put the dough in the bowl.

Cover the bowl and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.  Punch the dough down to roll into a 12x10 rectangle.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Brush the softened/melted butter onto the surface of the dough.  Sprinkle with the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Start rolling it up from the long side.  Pinch end seams to seal.

Use dental floss to slice the dough. Slide it under the dough, cross the threads, and pull.  It'll slice up perfectly!  Cut into 12 1-inch slices.

Place the rolls into a greased 9x13 pan.  Cover and allow to rise until doubled- 30-45 minutes.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool for 10-15 minutes.

For the Caramel Frosting:
While they are baking, prepare the caramel frosting.  In a saucepan, heat the butter until melted.  Stir in the brown sugar and milk.  Cook over medium-low heat for 1 minute.

Remove from heat.  Stir in the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and powdered sugar.  Stir until well blended.  Turn heat as low as you can, and keep it there until the cinnamon rolls are done.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
Beat the cream cheese until it's light and fluffy.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla.  Beat in milk.  Stir until smooth.

After the cinnamon rolls have cooled for 5-10 minutes, spread the cream cheese frosting on top.  Drizzle the caramel frosting on top of that.

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