Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pumpkin or Banana Streusel Rolls

Top roll is banana and bottom roll is pumpkin!

I found these delicious looking rolls in a Taste Of Home Fall Baking Magazine a little while ago. The photos in the magazine looked so amazing!
I had pumpkin to use up and I also had a few over-ripe bananas hanging around so I thought I would try the recipe with bananas as well. They turned out just as yummy.
I imagine you could give this a go with almost any fruit if it were thick enough. Mmmm....mashed strawberries would be a great idea!

Pumpkin (or Banana) Streusel Rolls

Ingredients
2 1/4 tsp (1 pkg) active dry yeast
1 1/4 cup warm milk (110 - 115 degrees)
1 cup solid packed pumpkin (OR 1 cup mashed banana)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp sea salt
4 - 6 cups of flour

Streusel
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Optional drizzle
cream cheese, softened

Directions
Preheat oven to 375. Line cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add the pumpkin (OR banana), sugar, melted butter, salt, and 4 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky)
Turn onto floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.

The yellower one is pumpkin :)

Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. Cut in butter until until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup.
Punch dough down, divide in half. Roll each half into a 12 X 10 rectangle.
Sprinkle streusel (except for 1 reserved cup) over dough to within 1/2 inch of edges, press down lightly. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with long side, pinch seams to seal.
Cut each into 12 slices. Place, cut side down, on parchment paper. Sprinkle with reserved streusel.

Waiting for them to rise...that's the hardest part!

Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake at 375 for 20 - 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
If desired, drizzle with softened cream cheese.

Pumpkin!

Banana!

I think I enjoyed the pumpkin ones more but my family loved the banana. I can't wait to try other fruits like strawberry or peaches or oooooooooooooooh, maybe mango and throw some toasted coconut into the streusel.


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