The other day I walked into our local TJMaxx store to buy a gift for a friend, and walked out with a gift for that friend and one for myself. Guess what I bought for myself. Not difficult. Yes, a cookbook. I always rush to those small nooks in clothing and home goods stores to see if there are any cookbooks there for me. It’s a bit of an obsession and so far my attempts to curb it have proven unsuccessful. This time I walked out of the store with Cooking Light Complete Cookbook in my hands. Perhaps the word “light” did the job to me as I had just committed myself to eating lighter, healthier, and becoming fitter in the new year. So, the book really hit the spot. I was a happy camper. Rushed home, leafed through the pages, and bookmarked the first recipe to try. Pumpkin rolls!
I had some pumpkin puree left in my freezer and the opportunity to use it had been long ripe. The pumpkin puree made these rolls super tender, added a bit of a flavor and nice color. The kids raved and so did the grownups.
To receive the sought after accolades, I wanted to perfect the recipe, so I improvised with it liberally to take it to that next level. For example, the recipe didn’t call for pecans, but I thought pecans would make a nice crunchy addition to the cinnamon filling. I also drizzled the rolls with a maple glaze instead of regular vanilla glaze suggested in the original recipe. The directions, sizes, and measurements were tweaked and a perfect pumpkin-pecan rolls with maple glaze recipe was born. It plans to live a long life in our household. Amen.