The November recipe is for Pumpkin Pie Brioche. So I decided it sounds yummy and why not give it a go. Plus you know what a big fan I am of Jim Lahey's original NY Times No-Knead Bread recipe. I could use a few more good no-knead recipes in my repertoire. I think our friends are getting tired of the same old delicious home-made bread every time they come over. (Not!) I also thought it would be a good time to break in my new measuring spoons my sister got me for my birthday last week. They have chickens on them!
The PPB dough has to sit in the fridge overnight, so I made it up last night. It was super easy to make. I used my Kitchen Aid, being the lazy person I am. I was glad I didn't double the recipe as I had originally considered. The basic recipe pretty much filled the KA up. I used canned pumpkin and melted butter. I also doubled the spices, as so many others had recommended. I think the original recipe sounds good, too, just much more subtle in flavor. But because of the variations I planned to try, I wanted the full-blown pumpkin spice flavor to shine through.
The dough ends up with that shaggy look that you'd expect from a no-knead bread dough.
After I got it in the fridge, I looked at some of the sites where others had made it and was really impressed by how creative everyone had gotten. So many great ideas to steal!!! While I really liked the idea of using cream cheese in some way (pumpkin and sweetened cream cheese is a super combo), I couldn't get the idea of pumpkin and chocolate out of my head. Trust me to turn a 'healthy bread' recipe into something fattening. As I always say, "Fat is what they put into food to make it taste good," so I decided to go with some Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins for my first recipe. I topped them with the streusel topping from the Big Black Dog site . I made a dozen, 9 with the streusel and 3 without. I have to say that I prefer them with the streusel. No surprise there. Here's the recipe for the muffins:
Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Mix about 10 oz of the Pumpkin Pie Brioche dough and a handful of chocolate chips together. I sort of kneaded the chips into the dough.
I sprayed a mini muffin pan with some of that cooking spray in a can (which I really hate to use, it creeps me out, but again with the laziness) and divided the dough up into 12 pieces, which I put into the muffin pan. Then I topped with the streusel. I still have lots of streusel left over, but I have plans for that later today!
I left the pan to rise for about an hour. Basically I waited til they looked like they had risen enough, and that was about an hour.
Then into the center of the Baking Oven (350 degrees) for 15 minutes, turning the pan halfway through. After 15 minutes, Mr. Toothpick said they were perfect.
I figured I should do up one batch as a loaf. This way I could try the french toast others have posted and makes my mouth water every time I see it, as well as make Jesse some cinnamon and sugar toast when he comes home from school today. He's such a picky eater. I don't think he'd ever try the bread on its own, but he does love cinnamon and sugar toast!
So I plunked down 2 pounds of the dough into a greased loaf pan and set it to rise for the recommended time of 90 minutes. Then the egg wash, sprinkled with some sugar, and then into the Baking Oven (350 degrees) for 45 minutes, turning halfway through. Pulled it out at 2:30 and let it cool. It was ready just in time for Jesse getting home from school.
Of course he wouldn't eat it. But I did and it was really good. It was so good, I forgot to take a photo of the C&S toast before I ate it!
The rest of that dough was still in the fridge, calling out to me. The cream cheese was also calling out to me. Not to mention the remainder of the streusel. I tried to ignore them, but they kept on calling, then shouting. There was such a din, I couldn't hear myself think. I knew what had to be done. In fact, I had known it as soon as I saw those photos on the other sites...
Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls. With Frosting. (Is there any other way?)
Using the remainder of the Pumpkin Pie Brioche dough, which ended up being 2.4 pounds, I rolled it out into a rectangle. I spread it with softened butter. Then I sprinkled the leftover streusel topping evenly over the butter.
I rolled it up lengthwise, using a spatula to help me scrape the sticky parts up...
...cut it into about 1-1/2 inch pieces, and placed them cut side up in a greased baking pan, which was really too big for the amount of rolls I had, but I didn't want to dirty up another pan. I figured they would rise and fill in more of the pan. (Or I could just fill in those spaces with frosting.)
Covered with a towel and left for a 90-minute rise. They rose and filled in the pan nicely.
Into the Baking Oven (350 degrees) for about 20 minutes. While they were baking, I mixed up my cream cheese frosting (4 oz cream cheese, 3 T butter, 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1 t lemon juice, and a capful of vanilla). I spread the frosting over the still-warm cinnamon rolls. I gained 3 pounds just looking at them. Okay, so maybe it didn't end up to be exactly healthy bread in five minutes--it's good, though!
Can you say yum?
Thoughts on this recipe: I wish the ingredient quantities had been in weights. I find it easier to weigh out flour than to measure in a cup. This is really my only complaint.
I like that I could make a batch of this dough--and it made a lot!--put it in the fridge, and then leave it until I wanted to do something with it. I love that the dough is so versatile and can be used for so many things, both savory and sweet. I'm sure I haven't even begun to tap the possibilities.
Would I make this again? I would definitely make the Mini Muffins. They were super easy to make and quite a yummy treat to have on hand. If you had a few of the muffin tins, you could make a bunch of these quickly. I still plan to try making the sliced loaf into french toast tomorrow morning. I think it would make a nice brunch dish. It certainly made great C&S toast. I'm thinking that it would also make a nice sandwich with Sonoma Chicken Salad on top of a toasted slice. I probably would not go to the trouble of making them into cinnamon rolls again. While very tasty, they're over-the-top filling, and I think I'd prefer to spend my time making, and eating, regular cinnamon rolls.
So I'm very happy to have a new no-knead recipe, and I'm looking forward to December's recipe!