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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and a Red Star Yeast Giveaway!

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Red Star has a new yeast called PLATINUM Superior Baking Yeast that could help ease some of your yeast fears. As an avid bread baker, I couldn’t wait to dig into my new yeast packets to see the results for myself. With the advent of fall,  Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls was an obvious first recipe to try with their new yeast.

  This Giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who participated! The winner is Irma and I sent you an email. :)

Red Star Yeast helps making homemade bread a little more easy and enjoyable. Just looking at these gorgeous pumpkin cinnamon rolls again today, I am reminded about why I’m so in love with baking my own bread. The smell of pumpkin and fall spices baking on a Sunday morning in magical fluffy buns is like paradise. 

 

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In deciding on a recipe to try with the yeast, I was brainstorming all over the place with different breads and rolls. Since it is officially fall and more importantly, pumpkin baking season, I knew exactly what to bake: Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.


Now here is why I don’t make cinnamon rolls more often. If I would want to have them ready for breakfast on a weekend morning, I would have to wake up at 5 AM. I decided to make the dough on the evening before I would bake the next the day. I prepped my dough and let it rise. After it rose, I made my rolls and put them in my prepped pans. I put the pan with the rolls in the fridge over night. The next morning, I took out the pans to let them rise before baking.
And boy, did the dough rise! I was afraid it wouldn’t be the same from rising in the fridge. I fit them into a square baking pan and even had some stragglers that I put into muffin tins. I let those rise for about an hour and man, pumpkin cinnamon dough delight!

Sweet little baking hands were there to assist that morning. Lucky me. :)
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Look at these beautiful soft rolls beckoning you to pull them apart and dig in. I liked my rolls just as they were right out of the oven. I’m not too crazy about overly sweet treats. My dad happened to come by as they were just baked and he took a couple home. I surprised my neighbors with a plate of these and they loved the pumpkin glaze.

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I had some extra slices of the dough and popped them into my muffin pan.

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Red Star’s PLATINUM Superior Yeast is a premium instant yeast blended with dough improvers commonly used by professional bakers that will make your dough so forgiving that you will never be intimidated by yeast again!

I was intrigued with trying Platinum also because of the fact that it is very effective in making whole grain recipes light and larger in volume. You know that sometimes when baking a whole grain recipe it could be a little more solid-this is no longer a baking issue using Platinum. I was extremely satisfied with the result.

• Simple to use.  So forgiving it takes the intimidation out of baking with yeast!
• Strengthens the dough and improves dough tolerance to variations in kneading, rising, and flour quality. 
• Produces consistent baked products home bakers will enjoy.
• Increases the amount of leavening retained in the dough.
• Decreases the risk of the dough collapsing after proofing or during baking.
• Increases oven ‘spring’ and the finished volume of the baked product.
• Works great in any bread recipe, but is particularly effective in producing healthy whole grain and sweet breads that are light, airy, and larger in volume.

Learn a little more about Red Star Premium Superior Baking Yeast with this fantastic video from Gesine Bullock-Prado on You Tube.

 

VIP Package Giveaway

Open to residents of the US and Canada!
One of you will receive a VIP Package from Red Star for your very own! It comes in a beautiful black box tied with a silver bow, and includes:
  • Samples of Red Star PLATINUM Superior Baking Yeast so you can see the difference for yourself.
  • A beautiful pinstripe Red Star apron.
  • A Red Star wood cutting/serving board.
  • A reusable grocery bag.
  • Coupons for the yeast.
As a bonus, the winner of this VIP Package will also be entered to win a KitchenAid Mixer! The fabulous KitchenAid drawing will be held on November 12, 2012.
Here’s how to enter:

{1} Like Red Star and/or Cake Duchess on Facebook for 1 entry. Leave a separate comment here saying you did.
{2} Follow Red Star and/or Cake Duchess on Twitter for 1 entry. Leave a separate comment here saying you did.
{3} Follow Red Star and/or Cake Duchess on Pinterest for 1 entry. Leave a separate comment here saying you did.
{4} Tweet about this giveaway, and leave a comment here saying you did.

Bonus entry: What is the first thing you’d like to bake with Red Star Yeast Platinum?
So that’s 5 different ways to win!

Now, the boring stuff: THE RULES–

Contest opens September 24 at 2 PM EST and will close September 30th at 11:59 pm EST. Contest open to residents of the US and CANADA. Winner will be chosen randomly via random number generator and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.
Good Luck!


Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
rolls adapted from: King Arthur's Flour 

Ingredients:
1/4 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees)
1 (1/4 ounce) envelope Platinum Superior Baking Yeast
1/3 cup warm milk (100 to 110 degrees)
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 Tablespoon melted butter (I used Earth Balance margarine)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used King Arthur )
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I used King Arthur)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger (adjust according to your taste)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (adjust according to your taste)

Filling:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (I used Earth Balance margarine)
1 cup sugar (you could also use brown if you like)
3-4 teaspoons cinnamon (adjust to your taste)
add chopped pecans if you like

Pumpkin Glaze:

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 Tablespoon melted butter (I used Earth Balance margarine)
2 Tablespoons canned pumpkin (I had some leftover from my can I opened for the dough)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

In a mixing bowl (I used my stand mixer) sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. Let stand until foamy; about 5 minutes.

Beat in on medium-low speed the milk, egg, pumpkin puree, melted butter and brown sugar until combined.

Gradually add the flours and salt, scraping down side of bowl, until a soft dough forms. I ended up adding a little extra flour until I had a workable dough.

Remove the dough from the mixer and knead until smooth (add more flour if too sticky.  Knead until smooth. The dough will be a little more sticky. That’s fine. You just want the dough to hold its shape).

Grease a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hour (until puffy-not necessarily doubled in bulk).

Make the Filling:
In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and spices; set aside.

back to the dough:
Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly floured work surface. Cut the dough in half.
Roll the dough out into a rectangle, approximately 12×16 inches. Spread the butter all over. Sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar.
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Starting on one long side roll up jelly roll fashion and pinch seam to close. Cut crosswise into 12 generous 1 1/2 inch pieces.

Place the slices in a greased 9×13 pan (this was a 9x9 pan) or two 9 inch cake.
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Repeat with the other half of the dough.
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Cover with clean kitchen towel and let sit in a draft-free spot spot until buns double in size, about 30 to 45 minutes.

Heat oven to 350°F. Uncover pans and bake buns until they are golden-brown and bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes.

While rolls bake, put together the pumpkin glaze:

In a small bowl, whisk together the glaze ingredients.  Add more milk as necessary to make a smooth glaze. Invert buns to a serving platter.

Drizzle glaze on top of warm buns. Serve warm! ENJOY! If you have any left, refrigerate them. I doubt you will have any leftovers.;)

To make the night before: You can prepare the rolls and place them in the greased pans and leave overnight in the refrigerator. The next morning, remove the pans from the refrigerator and let the rolls rise. Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes.
 
Discloser:  This post was sponsored by Red Star Yeast. I tested recipes myself with samples I received and am truly smitten with their product. Opinions written here, as always, are entirely my own.

Thanks for stopping by today:)Happy baking!
xo
Lora

163 comments

  1. Gorgeous rolls, Lora! I'd love one right now! The glaze is positively divine :).

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  2. I need one of these right now, with a cup of coffee for the perfect afternoon treat!!! They look so delicious, Lora!

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  3. Like Red Star/Cake Duchess on FB.
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  4. I just retweeted about this great giveaway! :)

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  5. I also pinned these scrumptious pumpkin cinnamon rolls, so I can continue to wish for one…do I get an extra entry? Just kidding! :)

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  6. I think I would like to try a pumpkin yeast bread with a cinnamon swirl using the red star yeast

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  7. The first thing I'd bake with Red Star Yeast Platinum? Bread or these cinnamon rolls!

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  8. Bonus: The first thing I'm going to make with Red Star Yeast is these pumpkin cinnamon rolls - without a doubt!!!

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  9. I was just dreaming of pumpkin cinnamon rolls..I am not kidding! It's like one of those kismet deals ;) Lora...these are magnificent! xo

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  10. I follow you and Red Star Yeast on Facebook :)

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  11. I might try adapting this and make pumpkin cinnamon swirl bread (:

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  12. I've like you and Red Star Yeast on Facebook.

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  13. I'm following you and Red Star Yeast on Pinterest.

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  14. Bonus, I can't wait to make your Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with the new Platinum Yeast. They sound yummy!

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  15. I've like you and Red Star Yeast on Facebook.

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  16. these look amazing... bookmarking to make, immediately!

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  17. Don't include me in the giveaway, I will be sharing a bread post soon too:-) BUT I had to tell you how beautiful your pumpkin rolls are! I love that you put them in a muffin pan, I have been thinking about doing that, they look so fun!!!! Gorgeous, Hugs, Terra

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  18. these look incredible Lora. Love!! I think I can smell them from here.

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  19. Following you both on Pinterest~

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  20. I'd remake the bread that flopped over the weekend...with another yeast :/

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  21. Bonus: I would either make these cinnamon rolls or English muffin toasting bread.

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  22. I wonder if there will be a day when a batch of glazed cinnamon rolls doesn´t capture my attention. The pics are gorgeous Lora! Makes me want to bake right now.

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  23. I followed you on pinterest

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  24. I would make dinner rolls

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  25. These cinnamon rolls look incredible! I really wish these were for breakfast tomorrow! I follow you both on Twitter

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  26. The first thing I would make is whole wheat bread. I love making fresh bread!

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  27. Absolutely stunning, Lora! Love the idea of pumpkin and cinnamon rolls and the glaze sounds amazing too! :)

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  28. It's so lovely!!!
    I will try next week-end!!!
    Thanks for sharing Lora!!!!!

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  29. these look delicious! I love the addition of pumpkin!

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  30. If I had the Platinum yeast I would make my Kaiser rolls.

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  31. I like Red Star and Cake Duchess on FaceBook

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  32. I can't wait to make cinnamon raisin bread with the Platinum Yeast. I have seen all the bloggers talking about it and I cannot wait to try it!

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  33. I like Cake Duchess on Facebook!

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  34. What a delightful blog you have! Just discovered you via Red Star. So very nice to meet you. I am already a follower of Red Star and am now following Cake Duchess on Facebook!

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  35. I am now following both Red Star and CAke Duchess on Pinterest. Don't you just LOVE Pinterest? It's like have a new magazine to look at every single day and all geared towards the things you love most. Can't wait to check out all of your boards!!

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  36. I have to admit that I'm not on twitter that much, but I have signed up to follow both Red Star and Cake Duchess on Twitter!

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  37. The first thing that I would make with the yeast is cinnamon rolls!

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  38. Not entering the giveaway but just dropping by to say how dreamy these seasonal cinnabuns look. I just started making them in the last year and they've been a great success with S and his buddies! :) Looks absolutely delicious!

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  39. These look delicious! I follow you and Red Star on Facebook as Menus and Meals for Moms:)

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  40. I follow you and Red Star Yeast on Twitter as menusmeals4moms:)

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  41. I am now following you on Pinterest.

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  42. I liked Red Star on Facebook.

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  43. The first thing I would make with the yeast would be these cinnamon rolls!

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  44. I followed you on Twitter.

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  45. I liked RedStar and CakeDuchess on fb

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  46. Follow Red Star and Cake Duchess on Pinterest
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  47. https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/250686368886435842

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  48. I must make these soon, I know I would adore them but it may be dangerous to have the pan around.

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  49. Yep the first thing I would make would be these pumpkin cinnamon rolls!!

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  50. I follow you on pinterest! in fact I may be stalking you lol!

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  51. These rolls are over the top delicious looking and I love the pumpkin, oh and that glaze....

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  52. I need this deliciousness in my life. Yummy rolls!

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  53. I think I would likely make this recipe if I won! It looks so good and combines so many things I love!

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  54. Liked on Facebook, tweeted it (sharksgirl213) and can't wait to make these rolls.

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  55. I have been in the mood for cinnamon raisin bread for a nice long while now.

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  56. I liked you both on facebook & pinterest. Really excited about these rolls! Making them for a baptism this weekend. Thanks!

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  57. Liked you on both facebook & pinterest. Love the rolls! Going to make them this weekend for a family baptism. thanks!

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  58. I wish Red Star would sell to Australia! These pumpkin rolls look fantastic.

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  59. Those rolls look fantastic! I love the tip about prepping the night before, then baking them in the morning. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  60. I just liked your post about Homemade Twix Bars on FB (I already liked the page itself). If I win the giveaway, I'm going to make these pumpkin cinnamon rolls. They look amazing!

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  61. Oh my - what plump rolls you have! Wish I had one right now, Lora :) The pumpkin glaze sounds absolutely divine.

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  62. Your rolls look so so good! And I love those little helping hands :))

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  63. I'm a fan of red star yeast on facebook

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  64. I'm a fan of cake duchess on facebook

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  65. I want to make your pumpkin rolls with their yeast

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  66. These pumpkin cinnamon rolls look fantastic!

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  67. I bought my first pumpkin this past weekend and have so many ideas what to use it for. Your cinnamon rolls look delicious Lora!
    p.s do not count my comment for the giveaway

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  68. I'd definitely like to make your pumpkin cinnamon rolls if I won!

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  69. These pumpkin rolls are so beautiful!! I love pumpkin baking season!! What a great idea! :D

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  70. Lora, these rolls look absolutely mouthwateringly good. I'm imagining the mingling of cinnamon and pumpkin as I bite into that soft roll. I'd get up at 5 am to make this but probably better to follow your lead and prep the night before. It would be worth it!

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  71. "Liked" Cake Dutchess on FB

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  72. The first thing I'm going to make with Red Star Platinum are these delish Cinnamon Rolls!

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  73. Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left on my blog! Totally made my day.

    These pumpmkin cinnamon rolls look amazing! I just stocked up on pumpkin and this looks like the perfect thing to make...with one of these beauties and a cup of coffee, my afternoon would be perfect. :)

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  74. hemmmm...i like bread very much and i will try with your recipe, look so yummy!

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  75. My mouth is officially watering! Love these rolls. The pumpkin just puts them over the top! Need to make soon!!!

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  76. I "liked" Cake Duchess on Facebook!

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  77. The first thing I'd like to bake with Red Star Yeast Platinum is my favourite dinner rolls, made with whole wheat and honey.

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  78. Following cake duchess on Facebook

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  79. Following cake duchess on facebook

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  80. Love cinnamon rolls! I followed you on pinterest and liked you a Facebook.

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  81. Im following you on twitter and pinterest and I tweeted as well. Thank you so much for this recipe!

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  82. I have Liked Red Star for a while now.
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  83. I just started following Red Star on twitter.

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  84. I can't wait to make some of these recipes I am following Cake Duchess on twitter

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  85. I am now following Red Star on Pinterest.

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  86. I am now following on Cake Duchess Pinterest.

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  87. Also liked Cake Duchess on Facebook.

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  88. I am now following Cake Duchess on Pinterest

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  89. I am now following Red Star Yeast on Pinterest

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  90. I like Red Star Yeast on Facebook

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  91. irma ‏@irmague

    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and a Red Star Yeast Giveaway! http://www.cakeduchess.com/2012/09/pumpkin-cinnamon-rolls-and-red-star.html?showComment=1349017290387#c2732244976876112331 …

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  92. Liked Red Start and Cake Duchess on Facebook.

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  94. I think this Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls would be the first thing bake with red star.

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  96. I would make these pumpkin cinnamon rolls.

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  97. I Like Red Star and Cake Duchess on Facebook.

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  98. I Follow Red Star and Cake Duchess on Twitter.

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  99. I Follow Red Star and Cake Duchess on Pinterest.

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  100. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/252427906716950528

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  101. I would love to bake some pecan rolls with the Red Star Platinum Yeast.

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  102. I follow you on all three, facebook, pininterest
    and twitter...Yummmm, I could eat these right off the page

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  103. I am now following both on Pinterest.

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  104. AND...bonus entry: The first thing that I plan on making with my Red Star Yeast Platinum is those cinnamon rolls up above - my husband tells me I HAVE to make them so he can take some for the guys at work :)

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  105. love to baked some of these and new yeast sounds great

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  108. tweet https://twitter.com/cjsorel/status/252542076829458434

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  109. I've liked Platinum and Cake Duchess on FB! I want to win!!

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  110. I liked both Red Star and Cake Duchess on Facebook. Can't wait to make these pumpkin rolls!

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  111. I'm following Red Star on Pinterest.

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  112. The first thing I want to try making with Red Star Platinum is my cool-rise caramel rolls.

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  113. Thanks for taking the moment to consider this, I believe powerfully about it and love learning more on this topic.

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