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Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Pull-Aparts

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min.

Makes

16 servings

We love sticky buns made with my husband's angel biscuit dough, caramel and pecans. For a twist, try apple butter or applesauce instead of the pumpkin. —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • DOUGH:
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add pecans; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until pecans are fragrant. Stir in brown sugar, cream and honey; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture begins to darken. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan.
  2. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, whisk 2-1/4 cups flour, sugar, pie spice, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add pumpkin, buttermilk, vanilla and yeast mixture; mix well.
  3. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead gently 8-10 times, adding additional flour if needed. Roll dough into a 9-in. square. Cut into 16 squares; arrange over pecan mixture. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight.
  4. Remove pan from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 400°. Uncover; bake 24-28 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully invert onto a platter; serve warm.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Yeast is very sensitive to high temperatures. Be sure your water is not too hot when making yeast-based recipes or you risk killing the yeast before it makes the dough light and fluffy.
  • Chocolate lover? Take this over the top by drizzling with chocolate sauce or hot fudge.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 piece: 266 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 219mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.