Pumpkin Pecan Rolls with Maple Glaze

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Hi all– How many cans of pumpkin puree have you gone through this year already?  I think it’s been a record pumpkin year for us!  Cakes, muffins, pumpkin brownies… Larry made pumpkin apple bread (one of his few, but delicious baking forays) for the Thursday kids who come while I was up in San Francisco!  We are taking full advantage of this fall pumpkin baking season.

So here is our latest.  I think people shy away from making yeast rolls (I’m talking cinnamon rolls, orange rolls, sticky buns!!) because they think it’s difficult.  It’s not.  But it does take some time around the house.  Fifteen minute dough tending with long stretches of dough rising (so you can read a book or fold some laundry).  So if you have a quiet Saturday morning at home, and you want your kitchen to smell scrumptious, I’d recommend a go at these tender, delicious pumpkin pecan rolls.

PUMPKIN PECAN ROLLS WITH MAPLE GLAZE

Dough:
1 pkg. dry yeast (1 tablespoon)
1 cup milk (warmed to 120-130 degrees)*
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 egg
3  1/2 cups flour

Filling:
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted & cooled
4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pecans, chopped

Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tab. pure maple syrup

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Put the yeast in a large heat proof mixing bowl (glass is best).  Stir in the warm milk until the yeast is dissolved.  Then add in the sugar, salt, oil and egg.  Mix together.  Next about 1/2 cup at a time, stir in the flour.  When it’s all mixed, knead the dough just 3 or 4 minutes.  If the dough gets sticky, add a bit more flour.

Cover the bowl with a damp dish towel and set it in a warm place to rise and hour & 15 minutes. (I heat the oven to 200 degrees for just 3 minutes and then turn it off while I’m mixing up the dough– then set the bowl in the warmed oven to rise)

While the dough is rising. mix together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, melted butter, pumpkin pie spice and pecans.  Set them aside.

Take the dough out and punch it down and lift from the bowl to a counter sprinkled with flour.  Roll out the dough with a rolling pin util you have a rectangle about 10″ by 18″.   Then spread the pumpkin mixture over the rolled out dough clear to the edges.

Starting at the long 18″ upper edge, roll the dough toward you until you have a long tube shaped roll.  Then cut the rolls into 1″ slices and put them in a 9″x13″ baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  (or–I used 2 10″ tart pans instead.)  Makes about 18 rolls.

If you have a little handful of extra pecans, sprinkle them on top and pop the rolls into the slightly warm oven to rise for 45 minutes more.

At the end of the 2nd rise of 45 minutes, turn up the heat to 375 degrees and make the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes until they are nicely browned.

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While they are baking, whisk together the powdered sugar and 2 or 3 tablespoons of maple syrup (depending on how thick you want your glaze to be).  When the rolls come out of the oven, let them cool about 10 minutes and then drizzle the glaze over the rolls.  They taste heavenly, eaten warm from the oven!

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*I put the milk in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds.  It should feel just warm enough for a baby’s bath.

28 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pecan Rolls with Maple Glaze

  1. Oh Rhonda! These sound & look absolutely scrumptious!! I can’t have them, but I enjoy baking cinnamon rolls so much that I’m going to make this recipe for my neighbors…I know they’ll love it!

  2. I think you hit it out of the ballpark with these rolls – scrumptious, Rhonda! Those photos are beautiful and I think you’re right – people just shy away from yeast rolls. I haven’t made rolls for a long time but used to make the dough the night before and put it in the fridge. Easy peasy in the a.m. And grandkids love to help sprinkle and roll!

    • OK, I’ve heard of that Mollie– making the dough the night before! Does it rise at all in the fridge, do you take it out for a long while before you cook them? Is the recipe different from a normal sweet yeast dough? I think I’m trying to say– will you put that recipe up for us to try someday??!! Would be fun to try! xox

    • Hi Kat! yep, we’ve been eating lottos pumpkin. When I was up in SF, Larry even made pumpkin banana bread for our group of younger people who come on Thursday nights– funny, because he never cooks! What you doing today? I’m walking with a friend up cleaning this house (family coming for the weekend, so it’s time to clean!) Happy Wednesday Kat! xo

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