Monday, September 24, 2012

pumpkin pistachio cranberry sweet rolls ~ cinnamon cream cheese icing

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mmmmm sweet rolls.
say it with me, mmmmmm sweet rolls.
doesn't that just sound and feel so good to say.
its even better when you are shoveling one after another in your face - no that really didn't happen, well maybe it did
but who can resist pumpkin, pistachio & cranberry all wrapped up and drizzled with "cream cheese" icing - if you can then you are super human
 share your super power with me....please

in the fall i always load up on fresh cranberries and store them in the freezer to use year round. 
i found myself with a bag of cranberries and a can of pumpkin leftover from last fall - yep, it was time to use them up before my next round of holiday shopping comes around.
i love sweet rolls, cinna rolls anything cinnamon scented and bready calls my name.
so i set off to make pumpkin pistachio (cause i love pistachios) cranberry sweet  rolls drizzled 
with cream cheeze icing.
these rolls in one word were - incredible.
just the colors alone are so pretty - the magenta cranberry against the purples and greens of the pistachios.
in love i tell you - completely in love with this recipe.
the beauty of sweet rolls are they're easy to share and everyone love something a little sweet mid morning
that means no overindulging by eating half the pan by yourself
of course, i won't judge if you decide to do just that
the cream cheese icing is super easy - it really is the perfect match with the pumpkin
i love making sweet rolls for sunday morning brunch, then taking the rest to work to share with my fellow co- workers - they always are up for a treat.
even those with the super human powers stopped by just to look at these beauties
cooking in season just feels so good.
i love having the season and market dictate what i'll be cooking up that week
it makes me appreciate each season a little more - when summer comes to an end i know i'll have squash and apples along with cold friendly greens to look forward too. then in the midst of winter i will have the memories of summer packed away nice and neat in little jars. then when i need it most, spring comes bouncing in with fresh tender greens, asparagus and sweet peas.


for now, i am enjoying all this autumn
what do you love most about the changing of the seasons?
do you try to eat seasonally - is it easier than you had once imagined it to be?
take a few quiet hours this weekend and whip up a batch of these amazing sweet rolls - you are sure to have happy tummies and a house filled with the sweet warm smell of autumn baking.
Pumpkin Pistachio Cranberry Sweet Rolls ~ Cream Cheese Frosting

makes 12 rolls
you will need:
for the dough
3 1/2 cups flour divided
2 tsp dry active yeast
2 tsp cinnamon
1 can pumpkin puree (15oz)
1/2 cup almond milk
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

for the filling
1 tbsp coconut oil- room temp
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup shelled pistachios - roughly chopped

for the icing
2 tbsp vegan cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp almond milk
pinch salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp pistachios ~ roughly chopped

in a mixing bowl combine 2 cups flour, yeast & cinnamon - set aside
in a small sauce pot, gently heat pumpkin through vanilla to 120*
with a wooden spoon, stir pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture until a wet dough forms
turn dough onto a well floured surface and knead in reaming 1 1/2 cups of flour a 1/2 cup at a time. you may need more flour for dusting, dust surface with flour to prevent dough from sticking. knead until a soft, elastic dough ball forms - 7-8 minutes.
place dough in a well bowl (i used canola oil)- cover with a moist towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise until double in size - about 1 hour.
while the dough rises, combine coconut oil, maple syrup and coconut sugar in a small bowl- mixing well - set aside.
punch dough down and allow to rest 10 minutes.
turn dough onto a well floured surface and roll out to a 13 x 10 rectangle . with a spoon or off set spatula spread filling mixture evenly over the dough rectangle, leaving about a 1/4" border around the rectangle. evenly sprinkle cranberries and pistachios over the rectangle.
starting at the longest side of the rectangle tightly roll the dough into a cylinder.
cut dough log into 12 even pieces - place in a 13x 9 baking dish or pie plate greased with coconut oil.
cover and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
bake in a 350* pre heated oven for 25 - 30 minutes.

remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack.
will sweet rolls are cooling prepare the glaze.

in a medium bowl whisk all ingredients except pistachios together and drizzle glaze over rolls.
sprinkle with chopped pistachios.


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  1. These look amazing, I'll definitely be making them soon! I also love your pan, where did you get it?

    1. Don't you just love that! It came from one of my favorite stores - Homegoods :)

  2. cranberries and pistachios go perfectly together. these sweet rolls are beautiful.

  3. Can't stop looking at how scrumptious these look! Beautiful photos and color styling!

  4. These are gorgeous! I was literally *just* thinking I need to make a batch of my sticky buns, only with pumpkin and cranberries.

    Also, about that super-power... my fiance has it. He lives off sweets, but never, ever over-eats. It's incredible, and no, I don't understand how he does it. :P

    1. Thanks Willow! Great minds think alike right :)

      The Fiance needs to bottle that up and sell that - and if anyone figures out a way how to eat copious amounts of sweets and still be able to fit your pants let me know....without working out 8 hours a day ;)

  5. What a beautiful combo and array of flavors.

  6. Oh girl. I haven't made cinnamon rolls since I went vegan. What on earth am I waiting for. FREAKING AMAZING!!!

  7. This looks delicious. I love cinnamon buns and this sounds likes a delicious and colorful fall twist. I can't wait to try it.

  8. Cranberry and pumpkin--what a perfect combination for fall! These sound like a decadent cool-morning breakfast. :)

    1. I know right! I think I might make a batch to bring camping with us this weekend ;)

  9. Gorgeous!! The combo of flavors sounds amazing. Can't wait to try this recipe out. :)

  10. Where do you work? Because I want to be one of your co-workers, and I definitely won't be one of the crazy ones who just stop by to look at these beauties! Cinnamon/Sweet rolls are my downfall. I cannot control myself, so I never make them. These look just too amazing to no be made, though. Oh my gosh. And thanksgiving morning... guess who's family is going to be loving me! ;-)

    1. Hahaha I do work in a beautiful place - maybe I can persuade you to move to NH, be my co-worker and I promised to cook and bake you yummy things every week! Plus I host a pretty awesome book club every other month!

      You mean guess whose family going to love you EVEN MORE than they already do :)

  11. I'm a huge fan of the cranberry/pistachio combo- which becomes irresistible with that cream cheese!

    1. Totally - the cream cheese icing brought these to the next level of delicousness!

  12. These sound seriously amazing! They are beautiful as well, and so perfect for fall!

    1. Thanks Amy! I think you need to create a raw version :)

  13. Wow you really did give us a chance with these ones did you? ;) So amazing and creative Heather! They just scream fall- these with a mug of tea sounds like the perfect fall treat!

  14. Waking up to a spring breakfast with this delicious treat could only be heaven :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Oh thats right! It is spring time for yes perfect spring treat :)

  15. !!! whoever is in your family is immensely fortunate. Superb job with these, I can only imagine the state of bliss one is in after taking a bite...

    1. They are super lucky :) They were so dangerous I literally had to get them off my desk and onto others before I was tempted to eat the whole batch!

  16. i'd love to lick all of that icing from the rolls:) love the pistachio cranberry combination! and such pretty pretty pictures!

    1. I love pistachios in just about anything - they are by far my favorite nut!

  17. mmmmmm sweet rolls :D wow what a flavor combo! YUM! and so beautiful too! Your food always looks AMAZING!!!

  18. I just stumbled on your blog via Vegansaurus... it's beautiful! I can't wait to keep reading! Also, gorgeous photos! :-)

    1. Hi IrishEms! I am so happy that you stumbled upon SMBP - I hope to see you around, thanks for stopping by to say hello!

  19. Mmmmmmm sweet rolls! :D The fresh cranberries in these look so good! And the cream cheese icing looks to die for. And the pistachios... and of course the pumpkin.... I am so amazed by your creativity, these look fantastic :)

  20. OMG....cinnamon, pumpkin and cranberries together in one amazing treat!!!! So many of my favourite things in one delicious roll :) Cannot wait to try this recipe out too! I want to try out so many of your recipes! Keep em coming! :)

  21. I made this recipe for Xmas morning and it was a total hit! Question though: did you mean 1 can of pumpkin rather than 1 cup. I tried one cup and it was too dry to even kneed it. I tried again with a whole can and it was fabulous. :)

    1. Thanks for that catch - it should have been one can! I am so happy tyhat you and your family enjoyed the rolls - I hope you had a wonderful christmas!


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