How to make it

  • In a large bowl, combine 1-1 / 2 cups flour, brown sugar, undissolved yeast, salt, cinnamon, and allspice.
  • Heat water, pumpkin, and butter until very warm (120o to 130oF). Gradually add to flour mixture.
  • Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally.
  • Add egg yolk and 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  • Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
  • Divide dough in half; reserve 1 / 2 for second owl.
  • Divide remaining dough into 2 equal pieces.
  • To make body, shape one piece into 7 x 5-inch oval.
  • Place on greased baking sheet. Divide remaining dough into 2 equal pieces; shape one piece into smooth (4-inch diameter) circle; place above body for head.
  • Remove 1 / 4 of remaining dough piece; divide into 2 pieces and roll into balls.
  • Place balls above head for ears; pinch tops to make pointed ears. Divide remaining dough into 2 equal pieces; roll each to 6-inch rope. Place one rope on each side of body for wings.
  • With sharp knife, cut 2 (3 / 4-inch diameter) circles on head for eyes. Press 1 raisin in center of each circle.
  • Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  • Repeat with reserved dough to make second owl.
  • With scissors, make one snip in "V" shape on faces for beak.
  • Make one snip on each ear and several snips on wings for feathers. Re-cut eyes if needed.
  • Slightly beat reserved egg white with 1 tablespoon water; brush on owls.
  • Sprinkle wheat germ on body only.
  • Bake at 375oF for 20 minutes or until done.
  • Remove from baking sheets; cool on wire racks. Decorate with Powdered Sugar Glaze, if desired.
  • Powdered Sugar Glaze
  • In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and milk. Stir until smooth.

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