Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls #BreadBakers



It's time, once again, for Bread Bakers.  Bread Bakers is a group of bloggers who get together each month and bake bread...imagine that!  It's a little more complicated than that....but not much.  Each month one of us hosts and picks a theme for the others to use when choosing a recipe to share.

This month, Kylee of Kylee Cooks, chose Pumpkin or Pumpkin Spice as the theme.  Yep, you know Fall is in the air when we bloggers start sharing our pumpkin recipes.  I, personally, love pumpkin so I couldn't have been happier with this theme.  In fact, in just a couple of weeks I am going to be sharing a week's worth of pumpkin recipes with you during #PumpkinWeek.


I found this wonderful recipe at King Arthur Flour.  It contained both pumpkin and pumpkin spice so it was perfect for this challenge.  It was also an easy peasy recipe which is sooooo up my alley.  All the ingredients go into the stand mixer at the same time and then you just let it do most of the work. When it is done with it's work you just turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead in a little more flour until you get a nice smooth dough.  Place that dough back into the bowl that has been treated with cooking spray.  Cover and ignore it for an hour or so, until it gets nice and puffy.


Divide the dough into 20 even pieces, roll them up and place them into a 9x13" baking pan that has been lightly treated with cooking spray.  Cover them again and ignore them for another hour or two.


They get all upset and indignant because you've been ignoring them and puff themselves all up to show you whose boss.  Talk nicely to them and tuck them into a preheated oven for 20 minutes or so.


They'll be so happy for the attention that they will turn nice and golden brown.  Remove them from the oven and brush them with some butter for being such good little fellas.


They are a dense, yeasty dinner roll remeniscent of the kind they serve in Chinese restaurants except with a hint of pumpkin.  They are savory with a hint of spice.  I served them for dinner when I hosted a Soup Swap the other night. These rolls were the perfect accompaniment.  I will tell you more about the Soup Swap tomorrow, so stay tuned....you might want to bake up some of these wonderful rolls and snack on them tomorrow when you come back to read about it.

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
adapted from King Arthur Flour

1 (1/4 oz) packet Active Dry Yeast
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. milk, heated to 105*-110*
4 T. butter, room temperature
2 t. salt
2 t. pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs
3/4 c. pumpkin puree, canned or homemade
4 1/2-5 c. flour, divided

Place yeast, sugar, milk, butter, salt, spice, eggs, pumpkin and 4 c. of the flour in the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix on low speed until combined.  Switch to the dough hook and knead at med low speed for 8-10 minute.  Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. It will be sticky to the touch.  Knead in more flour, 1/4 c. at a time, until the dough becomes smooth and soft.  Spray the bowl with cooking spray.  Shape the dough into a ball, place in the bowl, cover with a warm damp towel and let rise in a warm draft free area for 1-1 1/2 hrs.  The dough will not double in size but will be larger and puffier.

Turn the dough out onto the counter and gently deflate the ball.  Cut the ball into quarters using a pastry blade or a sharp knife.  Roll each quarter into an oblong piece and cut into five equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place in a 9x13" baking pan that has been lightly treated with baking spray.  Spray a piece of plastic wrap with the cooking spray and cover the dough with the sprayed side down.  Set in a warm, draft free area for 1 1/2 - 2 hrs., until they are crowded together and puffy.

Place in a preheated 350* oven for 20 minutes.  Tent the rolls lightly with aluminum foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes until the center rolls reach an internal temperature of 190*.  Remove the rolls from the oven and brush with melted butter.  Allow to cool slightly in the pan before turning out to a cooling rack.  Print Recipe

Let's see what the others have made with Pumpkin!


 #BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.  We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.


28 comments:

  1. I came to check out your recipe but then I saw your profile photo and I cannot stop drooling because my son would have a BLAST on your farm with that big blue toy you’re sitting on! Animals, too! Whoa! :)

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    1. Yes, it has been a very fun 15 years but alas it is coming to an end. We are downsizing and close on the new house this Friday. We will still have 5 acres so will keep our laying hens and perhaps still raise turkeys but we will no longer have need of the tractor. It was sold with the house.

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  2. Wow, those pumpkin dinner rolls look soooooo amazing.

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  3. You can't go wrong with a King Arthur recipe. I think you've done really well with these rolls-- great use of pumpkin.

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  4. Those rolls look so soft and tasty. These would be perfect with a big bowl of spicy chili!

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    1. I served them at my Soup Swap Party along with 4 different types of soup and they were perfect.

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  5. Wendy, these rolls are beautiful! I'm so intrigued by this recipe and it's one I definitely intend to make before 'pumpkin season' is over! LOVE these!!! :)

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    1. Thanks Anne, I hope you enjoy them. Please let me know what you think.

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  6. These sound wonderful! And I can't believe you are planning a week of pumpkin recipes! Awesome!

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    1. I love #pumpkinweek Amy but first I have to get through #appleweek.

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  7. I love these! The pumpkin helps them stay so moist and soft too. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Karen, quite the compliment coming from Bread Baker extraordinaire.

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  8. These pumpkin rolls are so beautifully done, you have showered them with love and attention, they have puffed so well. Must try them.

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    1. Thanks Sneha. Let me know how you like them please.

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  9. Dinner rolls look pillowy soft and tempting. Got to try the recipe out.

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  10. This recipe was on my mind for this month's theme. I decided against it last minute. Your rolls look so pretty!!

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    1. Yes, I was glad that I went with this recipe. Hard to go wrong with King Arthur recipes.

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