Salted Caramel Pumpkin Buns
- For Buns:
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups milk, warmed slightly
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 teaspoon ground dry ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- For Glaze:
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup light cream
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 1/2 teaspoon flake sea salt
Adapted from dallasnews.com
To Make Dough:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine sugar, salt, milk, butter, flour, yeast and cardamom and mix on low until the dough is soft and elastic, about 8 minutes.
Alternatively, the dough can be mixed by hand. If so, in a large bowl combine all ingredients but start with 2 cups of the flour, then slowly work in the remaining 2 cups as the dough comes together.
Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead several times. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.
Once the dough has rested, use a rolling pin to roll it out into a 12x18-inch rectangle. If the dough shrinks back, allow it to rest a little longer before continuing.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Coat a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Alternatively, line a rimmed baking sheet with kitchen parchment and coat with cooking spray.
To Make Filling:
In a medium bowl use an electric mixer and beat together the cream cheese, pumpkin, egg white, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Spread the pumpkin mixture evenly over the rolled out dough, going all the way to the edge except on one long side (leave 1 inch of that long side bare).
Starting with that side, roll up the dough into a log like a jelly roll, pinching the sides to seal.
Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 12 rounds. Arrange the rounds in the prepared pan. If using the 9x13-inch pan, the buns will touch. If using a baking sheet, the buns can be spread out (and will cook slightly faster).
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until slightly puffy, about 20 minutes. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and the buns reach an internal temperature of 190 F.
While the buns bake, make the glaze. When the buns are cooked, immediately drizzle all over with the caramel. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine butter, brown sugar, light cream and cinnamon. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in vanilla bean paste and flake sea salt.