Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls


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Whether at Thanksgiving time or anytime, these rolls are sure to please.

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  • 1/3 C. Milk
  • 2 Tbs. Butter
  • 1/2 C. Canned pumpkin or mashed cooked pumpkin
  • 2 Tbs. Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 C. Unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 C. Bread flour
  • 1/2 C. Brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs. Melted butter

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In small saucepan, heat milk and 2 Tbs. butter just until warm and butter is almost melted, stirring constantly. In large mixer bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar and salt. Add milk mixture and beat with electric mixer until well mixed. Beat in egg and yeast. In separate mixing bowl, combine flours. Add half of flour mixture to pumpkin mixture. Beat mixture on low speed for 5 minutes, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Add remaining flour and mix thoroughly (dough will be very soft). Turn into lightly greased bowl then grease surface of dough lightly. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Turn onto floured surface. Knead a few turns to form a smooth dough, sprinkling with enough additional flour to make dough easy to handle. On lightly floured surface, roll dough into 12- by 10-inch rectangle In small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Brush surface of dough with melted butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Beginning with long side of dough, roll up jelly-roll style. Pinch seam to seal. With sharp knife, cut roll into twelve 1-in. slices. Place rolls, cut side up, in greased 9-inch square baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, 30 to 45 minutes. Bake rolls at 350 F for about 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan to waxed paper-lined wire rack. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes. 

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