Pumpkin Coffee Ring

This delicious coffee cake, with its creamy pumpkin filling, is perfect for almost every holiday gathering, and everyone loves it.

Yield

16 servings

Dough Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated (white) sugar, divided
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 large egg
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup canned or cooked pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
1 egg yolk, beaten

Glaze Ingredients

1/2 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

Directions

Grease a baking sheet with Pan Release or cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, yeast and salt. In a saucepan, heat water, milk and butter to 120°F to 130°F (49°C to 54°C). Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Beat in egg. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Add the pumpkin, cinnamon, salt, ginger and nutmeg. Punch dough down; turn onto a floured surface. Roll into a 20 x 10-inch rectangle; spread pumpkin mixture to within 1/2 inch of edges. Sprinkle with nuts and raisins. Roll up jellyroll style, starting with a long side; pinch ends together to form a ring. Place on prepared baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Brush dough with egg yolk. Bake at for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire cooling rack. For glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm ring. Sprinkle with nuts.

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