Who doesn't like a good homemade cinnamon roll? Popped into the oven early in the morning the sweet goodness permeates every room in your home drawing sleepy kids from bed. Beginning the day with a smile and a, "Wow Mom... that smells so good!" is always treat to a Mom's ears and a nice way to start the day.
Cooking Light provided a version of this keeper years ago that I adapted to work for me, and I feel good serving it to my family in place of other recipes that are higher in fat and calories. On occasion I add a portion of spelt or whole wheat flour in place of the all purpose to bump up the health meter, and I'm thrilled to have the fiber and beta-carotene rich pumpkin included in the mix. Filled with the usual butter, cinnamon and brown sugar and topped with a sweet glaze these tender rolls are a hit every time. We keep a few cans of pumpkin in the pantry just for this oft requested recipe. The lightly orange hued rolls are a sweet treat for any table!
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
¾ cup room temp milk
½ cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)
2½ Tbs butter, cut into small pieces
1 Tbs sugar or honey
1 tsp salt
generous ⅛ tsp nutmeg
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup whole wheat or spelt (may use all all-purpose)
2 tsp dry yeast
Filling:2½ Tbs butter, melted
⅓ cup brown sugar
generous 2 tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
Glaze:1 cup powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla
2½+ tsp milk (add enough to make a thick glaze)
Place dough ingredients into a bread machine programmed for the dough cycle. Process as directed by your machine. If using bread macing skip the next paragraph.
Alternatively, process dough ingredients in a stand mixer or by hand - will need to knead approximately 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. When kneaded place the dough in a large bowl sprayed with cooking spray and allow to rise about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
When dough cycle is complete, dump onto a well floured surface and punch down. Allow to rest for a few minutes while you are melting the butter and obtaining ingredients for filling. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray - I use a rectangular dish slightly larger than a 9x9, enough to fit 16 rolls.
Roll the dough into a large rectangle, about ½ inch thick. Brush the rolled dough with the melted butter and sprinkle with the brown sugar. Add extra sugar if the entire surface is not covered. Sprinkle cinnamon over the brown sugar, feel free to adjust the cinnamon measurement to your taste. Starting with the longest edge, begin to carefully roll the dough into a fairly tight roll.
Preheat oven to 375º.
With a sharp knife cut the rolls into 16 pieces and place flat into the baking dish, I do 4 rows of 3 rolls each row. Cover with a cloth and allow to rise for about half of an hour. (Alternatively, you may cut the rolls a bit thicker into 12 slices and use a 9x9 square baker).
Bake for about 18 - 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a rack while you are preparing the glaze. For the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk to make a thick, yet still "drizzable" glaze. Whisk until smooth. Spoon the glaze over warm rolls and serve. The rolls melt in your mouth when warm, but are equally delicious hours later when they are cold. To return to "fresh from the oven" goodness, microwave for 10-30 seconds (depending on your microwave!).
|I love the ones that pop out of the center! Sweet cinnamon goodness!!!|