I fought the dough….but I won

It’s been awhile since I tried my hand at cinnamon rolls.  Turns out, they’re surprisingly easy.  I made some dough last night using a recipe for Amish Cinnamon Rolls that calls for mashed potato.  But I used pumpkin puree.  Because I had some.  And, well, because I’m obsessed with the pumpkin right now.  It’s gotta go in everything, dangit.

Anyhow, I did that whole 1st rise thing, and then rolled out the dough.  It made close to 30 rolls, so most went into the freezer to take out at another time and use, and 6 went into the fridge.  This morning I took the rolls out and let them do the 2nd rise and then popped them in the oven.  Here be the rolls right before they met the fire –

I rigged up some cream cheese icing before they came out of the oven and then slapped that yumminess on while they were hot.  Here’s the finished deal –

They were horrible.  You shouldn’t eat any of those.  Just leave them with me and I’ll dispose them for you.  Go have a bowl of bran flakes or something truly delectable.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mom
    Oct 10, 2010 @ 08:25:44

    You don’t lie very well, my dear…


  2. Jo Ann
    Oct 10, 2010 @ 09:52:32

    Ok, I am a sucker for pumpkin. I love IHOPS pumpkin pancakes. So, will you pass on the receipe? when they come out of the freezer, how long does it take to defrost and rise?


    • harmonyrogers
      Oct 10, 2010 @ 10:12:33

      Here you go!

      • 2 teaspoons plus 2/3 cup sugar, divided
      • 1 cup warm water
      • 2 packages yeast
      • 4 whole eggs, beaten
      • ⅔ cups melted butter
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 1 cup pumpkin puree (or canned pumpkin)
      • 6 cups bread flour
      • 1 cup brown sugar
      • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
      • 6 tablespoons melted butter

      For the rolls, mix together 2 teaspoons sugar, warm water, and the yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes.

      Mix together the rest of the roll ingredients in a large bowl and add the yeast mixture gently. Cover dough and let rise until double in size. (This usually takes around 2 hours.)
      While the dough is rising, make the filling. In a small dish mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Once it’s finished rising, roll out dough in a rectangular shape to about 1/4 inch thickness. Spread with the melted butter and the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Roll up and cut into 1-inch slices. Place slices approximately 1 inch apart on a baking sheet greased with melted butter. At this point you can cover and refrigerate overnight or rise and bake. Let rise for 1 hour and 15 minutes if baking right away, or 2 hours if you refrigerated the dough overnight. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Top with your choice of cream cheese icing, maple icing or a plain powdered sugar icing.

      If you want to freeze some for later, once you slice the rolls, do not complete the 2nd rise, but grease a baking sheet and put your desired rolls on it and place in the freezer. Once rolls are frozen, place in a zip top bag and stash back in the freezer. To finish the frozen rolls, take out your desired quantity and place on a greased baking sheet, top with plastic wrap, and let thaw overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, take out the rolls and let them rise for 2 hours on the countertop. Bake as directed. They’ll turn out perfect.


      • harmonyrogers
        Oct 12, 2010 @ 15:31:08

        You know, now that I think about it, there’s an easy way to bump up the pumpkin flavor of these rolls. I liked the idea of pumkin in here, but they just didn’t taste very….pumpkiny. So, I say instead of regular active dry yeast, use the rapid rise/instant yeast, which can be just combined with the rest of the ingredients…just skip the step of blooming the yeast. Then instead of 1 cup of pumkin, use 2 cups (or 1 can of pumpkin if you’re doing the canned thing). Forget the 1 cup of water with the 2 tsp of sugar altogether.

  3. Aunt Rebecca
    Oct 10, 2010 @ 14:14:13

    Yum!!! They love heavenly 🙂


  4. linz
    Oct 13, 2010 @ 14:52:37

    yum cinnamon rolls w/ pumpkin sounds devine great thinking harm


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