Honey Pumpkin Rolls
2 packets active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
6 cups bread flour
2 cups mashed pumpkin
1 cup whole buttermilk
8 tablespoons melted butter, room temp
1/2 cup honey
1 large egg, room temp, beaten
1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary, choppeded
1/2 cup pecan pieces
Pulse pecans and rosemary together in a food blender until fine. Don't pulse too long or pecans will become oily.
Place yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup of tepid-warm water, stir and let sit for 5 minutes until foamy. Be sure water is not hot or you will kill the yeast.
Mix salt and flour together in a large bowl. Add the yeast, pumpkin, buttermilk, butter, honey and egg and mix well.
Place dough on a floured surface and knead. Add a little extra flour if needed to work dough but not too much, dough should be sticky in the middle. Lightly flour the top and bottom of the dough.
Place in a lightly buttered large bowl, cover and place in a warm area. Let dough double in size, about an hour. Once the dough has risen, punch a whole in the center and place on a floured surface. You can either flatten dough out into a 1 inch thickness and cut out with a 2 1/2 inch round cutter, biscuit style or cut the dough out and roll into balls.
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with and let rise again. Brush rolls with egg and lightly sprinkle on rosemary pecan mixture.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Serve with soft butter & honey.
Makes 3 dozen
Honey Pumpkin Sliders
Turkey, sliced thin
Apricot spread, recipe below
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sage, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
8 ounce block of cream cheese, room temp
Heat olive oil over medium low and add herbs. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in apricot preserves and balsamic vinegar and cook for 1 minute. Fold warm preserves into cream cheese. Cut honey pumpkin rolls in half, pile on turkey, top with bacon slices and spread top of roll with herbed apricot spread.