Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Buns with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients: 1 batch pumpkin sweet yeast dough (see below) 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature) 1/2 cups brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon cloves 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup candied ginger (chopped or pecans) 1 batch caramel cream cheese frosting (see below)
Directions: 1. Punch down the dough and knead for 30 seconds. 2. Cover the dough and let it rest for 10 minutes. 3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a 24″ by 12″ rectangle. 4. Spread the butter over othe dough leaving 1 inch on each side free. 5. Mix the sugar and spices and sprinkle it onto the dough followed by the cranberries and ginger. 6. Roll the dough into a log, pinch to seal and cut it into 12 even slices. 7. Arrange the buns in a greased baking pan, cover in plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. 8. Bake in a 375F preheated oven until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. 9. Top the buns with the frosting and enjoy.
Pumpkin Sweet Yeast Dough (makes 1 batch) Ingredients: 1/4 cup water (warm) 1 tablespoon active dry yeast 1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 eggs (room temperature) 1/4 cup butter (melted and cooled) 1/4 cup sour cream (room temperature) 1 cup pumpkin puree (room temperature) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ginger 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon cloves 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups flour 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Directions: 1. Mix the water, yeast and sugar into a large bowl and let it sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. 2. Add the sugar, eggs, butter, sour cream, pumpkin puree, spices, salt and 2 cups of the mixed flour and mix for 2 minutes at medium or 200 strokes by hand. 3. Stir in enough of the remaining mixed flour to make a soft dough. 4. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough until smooth, about 5 minutes. (The dough should feel soft and buttery and not sticky.) 5. Place the dough in a greased the bowl, cover with a damp towel and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting (makes 1/2 cup) Ingredients: 1/4 cup caramel sauce (room temperature) 1/4 cup cream cheese (room temperature)
Directions: 1. Mix the caramel sauce and cream cheese until smooth.