When Tara from Tara's Multicultural Table asked if I would like to be a part of a virtual baby shower for Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook, I jumped at the chance. Then I heard that she is due in November and Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday, so we were going to do Thanksgiving themed recipes. My mind really got going then!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday too! I love the food, the family and the football! I thought about doing one of the classics. I couldn't commit to any of them. My family's Thanksgiving spread is usually enormous; Turkey, a rice stuffing, oyster stuffing, stove top stuffing, sweet potato casserole, candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows, baked sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, green beans, corn, rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy, the famous frozen fruit salad. Then of course there is dessert, last year there were no less than 8 pies, a cake and some cookies. You know we love our pie after our pecan pie throw down this summer, but I didn't want to revisit that. And of course there are always the egg noodles, we used to always have them on Thanksgiving and now normally have them the weekend after.
It is WAY to hard to pick just one of those things to share. So, I decided to focus on a great Thanksgiving morning breakfast. This is a great way to get a little of that sweet pumpkin fix in the morning. People can cut a slice as they wake up and it will help hold them over until the big meal. The pumpkin roll is delicious on it's own, but in my opinion the maple browned sugar glaze really sets it over the top. My first thought was I would do a cream cheese glaze, but MiMi said that was too obvious. She mentioned browned butter, I twisted it with some maple and a masterpiece was born! The warmth of the maple and browned butter just melt into the pumpkin pie spiced filling and it almost melts in your mouth.
I hope Lauren enjoys this slice of cinnamon roll and has a chance to kick her feet up for a few minutes to enjoy her virtual shower. It sounds like this Thanksgiving will be extra special with a new little bundle of joy to be thankful for!
Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll
makes a 10-12" Cinnamon roll
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
3-3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 T pumpkin pie spice
1 packet (or 2 1/4 tsp) yeast
pinch of salt
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg, lightly beaten
4 T butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1-2 T cinnamon
1 recipe browned butter glaze
- In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the milk until scalded. (You want it to get pretty warm, but not boil.) Remove from heat and let cool a bit.
- Meanwhile, in your mixer bowl stir together the flour (start with three cups, you can add more later if you need it), sugar, pumpkin pie spice and yeast.
- Using the dough hook, go ahead and mix in the pumpkin, salt and egg. (A mixing bowl and spoon really work just as easily)
- Check your milk mixture to be sure it isn't too hot (you don't want to kill the yeast. It can be hotter than warm but not burn you hot. You with me?) If it isn't too hot, slowly drizzle it into your dough mixture with the hook going on slow.
- Check your consistency. Add a little more flour or milk if it needs it.
- Turn the mixer to medium and let it knead the dough for 5-7 minutes. (Sometimes I really love doing this part by hand, sometimes I am glad for the help!)
- Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, it took mine about an hour and a half.
- Roll your dough out into a large rectangle about 1/2" thick.
- Spread very soft butter over the dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Dust with pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.
- Cut dough into 1-2" strips. Carefully roll one strip like you would a cinnamon roll to start the center of your skillet roll. Place in the middle of a greased 10-12" cast iron skillet. (I used a 12" in these pictures.)
- Gently place the other strips around the center to make one large cinnamon roll. Don't worry about making it perfect or getting them too tight. The roll will push out as it rises.
- I made my dough the night before, so I wrapped the skillet in plastic wrap at this point and placed it in the fridge. You could also just wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rise right away. Either way, it should double in size again before it is baked. This should take about another hour in a warm spot without being refrigerated, a bit longer if they are starting cold. I went ahead and preheated my oven to 200 F, turned it off and stuck the roll in the oven to rise to make it go a little faster.
- Preheat the oven to 375 (don't forget to take the skillet out of you let it rise in there!) and remove the plastic wrap. Bake the roll for about 15-20 minutes. You want it to start getting a little golden, but you don't want it to go too far. Soft and luscious is better!
- Remove from oven and make your glaze while it starts to cool. Drizzle glaze over roll while still warm. This is best eaten still warm from the oven with a gooey glaze. Leftovers are good too, just give them a little zap in the microwave and they'll be almost as good as new!