Incredible. The pumpkin taste is subtle but still there. The glaze is so tasty, and the cinnamon and sugar make this a perfect fall treat. The glaze was originally a rum glaze, but it suggests using vanilla if you'd like. And I 'like', and since we have no rum, nor will ever have rum in our house, I did vanilla.
Originally found here: Sunny Side up in San Diego
Ingredients:Bread2 Tbsp Unsalted butter (I used Salted)
1/2 cup milk
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt (I cut this in half since I used salted butter)
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
2 Tbsp unsalted butter (again, I used salted-have you seen the price of butter lately? No way I am going to buy unsalted when I use salted more)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter (or salted)
1/8 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp milk
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla
1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, brown 2 tablespoons of butter, letting it bubble up and turn a dark golden brown but being careful not to allow it burn (turn black).
2. Once browned, remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the milk, return to stove and heat through.
3. Pour the milk and butter into the bowl of standing mixer (fitted with a dough hook) and allow to cool so it is no longer hot but also not cool (about 100-110 degrees F).
4. Once it has reached a warm but not hot temperature add the yeast and 1/4 cup of sugar and allow to proof (this can take up to 8 minutes, the top will look foamy and the liquid cloudy).
5. Then add the the pumpkin, salt, and 1 cup of flour. Stir until combined then add the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time and knead for 6 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic and just slightly sticky. If the dough is too moist, add extra flour 1 tablespoon at a time.
6. Move dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean towel. Allow to rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size.
7. While dough is rising, brown another 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix well. Making sure sugar evenly absorbs the butter. Set aside.
8. Next, grease and flour a 9x5 loaf pan and set aside.
9. When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and flip out onto a clean floured surface and knead with hands for 1-2 minutes. Roll dough into a 20x12 inch rectangle.
10. Evenly sprinkle the dough with the cinnamon sugar mixture and press into dough with palms of the hand. Cut the rectangle into 6 strips. Lay strips on top of each other and cut each strip into 6 even squares (cut in half then each half into thirds). Stack strips vertically into the loaf pan.
11. Cover the pan with a clean towel and let rise for 30-45 minutes.
12. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. After rising in the pan bake for 30-40 minutes (mine took 37 exactly) or until top is a very deep golden brown.
13. To prepare the glaze, heat the butter, milk, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to boil then immediately remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rum and powdered sugar.
Yes, there are quite a few steps, but it is really easy. The only part that may be a little tricky is making sure you don't burn your butter-just be careful and patient, it can brown quickly, and cooling the milk/butter mixture enough that it doesn't kill your dough (if you don't have a food thermometer, get one! It is very useful, and once you have it, you'll use it all the time!)