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Pumpkin Nutmeg Knots

Pumpkin Nutmeg Knots
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This recipe, by Michele Weiser, won third prize in The 2010 Old Farmer's Almanac Pumpkin Recipe Contest.
 

  • 1/4-ounce pack of active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 sticks butter
  • 1 large free-range egg, beaten slightly
  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin puree or a 16-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • Egg-wash made by beating 1 large egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Warm the milk and, add the yeast with 1 teaspoon of sugar for 5 minutes or until  mixture becomes frothy— this will let you know the yeast is good.

Mix up 7 cups of flour, freshly grated nutmeg, the salt, and remaining sugar.  Blend in butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the whole egg, pumpkin purée, and the yeast mixture. Now stir until the dough is combined  well.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead. Use as much of the extra 1 cup of flour needed until the dough is no longer sticky. Knead for about 10  minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball  and transfer it to a well-buttered large bowl. Turn it to coat in butter.  Cover with saran wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until it  doubles in size.

Now turn the dough out onto a work surface, divide it into 14 pieces. Roll  each piece with your palm until it measures approximately 5 inches. Fold into  a knot. Place each knot onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, cover  with a kitchen towel and put into a warm place. Let rise for 45 minutes or  until they double again. Brush each knot with the egg-wash and bake for 40 to  50 minutes or until golden brown.

Let them cool slightly and serve with plenty of butter. Enjoy!
 

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By Amy Pierce

I made these exactly following the directions except I let a stand mixer with a dough hook do my kneading. Do not bake these for 40-50 minutes!!! I think mine were done around 20 minutes. They got way over done because I gave the recipes the benefit of the doubt. Still, they taste pretty awesome on the inside. One more thing though! They are gigantic rolls - like bigger than a softball! I would either halve the recipe or make 28 rolls instead of 14. I put half of them in the freezer because that's just too much bread to eat for a small family. They are VERY yummy with butter.

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