1 T melted coconut oil or butter [I actually forgot this and it still turned out fine]
3/4 c. pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. fine salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cardamom (optional—don’t buy it if you don’t have any because it’s $$$)
3 T softened butter
1/4 c. white sugar (or sucanat)
2/3 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. powdered ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 c. chopped pecans
Cream Cheese Icing
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 T milk
about 2 c. powdered sugar
In the bowl of a stand mixer*, pour in water and then sprinkle yeast on top. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Add milk, egg, butter/oil, pumpkin puree, 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom. Beat on medium speed until well combined.
Add in all-purpose flour 1/2 cup at a time. Turn your mixer to speed 2 and let go 5-10 minutes. Add more flour if the dough seems too sticky. When the dough is elastic and not too sticky, dump it into a greased bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
*If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can knead the dough by hand or make it in a bread machine on the dough setting.
In a bowl, combine all of the filling ingredients except the butter and pecans (white sugar through cloves).
Roll out the dough to a 16 by 12-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. (I did this in two phases.) Spread with softened butter, then sprinkle with filling mixture. Sprinkle pecans over the top.
Tightly roll the dough lengthwise until you have one long log. Pinch the seam to seal. Use a very sharp knife to cut into 15-16 slices. Transfer slices to a buttered 9×13 dish. Cover with towel and let rise 30-45 minutes, until the rolls are nice and puffy and squished together.
Bake uncovered at 375F for 25-30 minutes, until brown and cooked through.
With an immersion blender or by whisking vigorously, combine cream cheese, vanilla, and milk. Stir in powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until icing is smooth and spreadable.
Spread hot cinnamon rolls with icing for optimum gooey-ness.
Admittedly, this recipe is more work than I usually do in my cooking; however, homemade cinnamon rolls are one thing that are worth the investment, usually. They are so soft and delicious and amazing warm out of the oven. Perfect with a hot cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk.