Snuggle up under a blanket with these hearty rolls and a cup of warm-spiced mulled wine.
Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F. Wash the Hokkaido pumpkin, dry, and then halve. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and then cut the pumpkin into small pieces. Place the pumpkin pieces on a baking sheet and roast for 30 min.
When pumpkin is cool enough to handle, finely purée. Use some of the pumpkin purée for the pumpkin cinnamon rolls, and save the remaining for another use.
For the dough, pour the pumpkin purée, flour, egg, some of the cane sugar, some of the butter, milk, dry yeast, and some of the cinnamon into a large bowl and mix until a dough forms. Turn dough out of bowl onto a clean working surface and knead until smooth and elastic, approx. 5 min. Transfer back to bowl, cover with a clean, damp kitchen towel, and leave to rise in a warm place for 2 hrs.
To make the filling, mix butter, cane sugar, and cinnamon. When the dough has risen, turn out of bowl and knead on a floured working surface for approx. 2 – 3 min., or until smooth, then roll into a large rectangle. Spread the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of the dough.
Roll the dough tightly from the long side as you would a carpet, then cut into twelve even pieces. Then place the pumpkin cinnamon rolls with a little space in a large springform pan and let rise again for 40 min. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
Bake pumpkin-cinnamon rolls for approx. 35 min. at 180°C/350°F., or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
For the frosting, beat the cream cheese with the confectioner’s sugar until fluffy, then spread over the pumpkin cinnamon rolls once cooled. Enjoy!