Cheap, filling, and not full of mysterious (to parents) ingredients like “chipotles” or “tofu”. Just the right ‘amount’ of sweet, puffy and cinnamon-y rolls that аrе great out of the oven with a glass of soymilk, and even better in the next days reheated. As is often the case, the pumpkin here is subtle, and mostly just acts to impart moistness and a warm hue to the dough. The dough is tender, the filling rich and spiced and warm, the glaze deep and aromatic and tangy and sweet.
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-1 packet yeast
-1 Tbs. sugar
-1/4 c. warm water
-1 C. pureed pumpkin
-1/4 tsp. cinnamon
-1/4 tsp. nutmeg
-2 Tbs. maple syrup
-2 Tbs. veg oil
-1/4 C. soymilk
-3.5-4 C. all purpose flour
-3/4 C. brown sugar
-1/2 C. chopped almonds, pecans, etc.
-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1.) In a large bowl, combine yeast and sugar then stir in warm water. Set aside for 5-10 minutes to “proof” the yeast.
2.) In a second bowl, combine above ingredients with a fork.
3.) Add pumpkin mixture to yeast mixture and sift in about 3 and 1/2 cups flour. Knead for 10 minutes, adding in more flour until you have a relatively smooth, not-too-sticky ball. Put ball in bowl that has a drizzle of oil, and flip to coat.
4.) Special tip from my friend Sara for better rising: Put rising bowl inside of another larger bowl containing rather hot water. Let rise for about an hour.
5.) When dough has risen, punch down and let sit for another 10 minutes or so. Meanwhile, mix above ingredients for the filling.
6.) On a lightly floured surface, place you dough ball and sprinkle with flour. Roll dough out to a large square of about 1/2″ thickness. Sprinkle with your filling mixture, then carefully roll from the bottom, until you have a large “tube”. You don’t have to be much a perfectionist about this, in my opinion, you can manipulate the ends if they aren’t perfect.
7.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees (175 C) and lightly oil or spray a brownie pan. With a sharp knife, cut tube into roughly 2″ pieces and place them into pan, smooshing them against eachother if necessary. If outside dough is too floury, brush with a little bit of soymilk.
8.) Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and meanwhile whisk together above ingredients to make a nice glaze. Drizzle glaze over finished rolls and consume with soymilk and a holiday movie.
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