Pumpkin Dinner Rolls, An Autumn Favorite

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Pumpkin season calls for homemade pumpkin dinner rolls!

a tray with pumpkin dinner rolls

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Homemade bread is always best, so taking advantage of pumpkin season, we made an easy recipe for homemade pumpkin dinner rolls. The process is easy, and no fail. You can prepare the dough a day in advance too. This saves time and allows serving freshly out of the oven dinner rolls.

a top shot showing the ingredients for the pumpkin dinner rolls

The pumpkin dinner rolls’ ingredients include all-purpose flour, mashed pumpkin puree (canned or homemade), Platinum Red Star yeast, butter, sugar, salt, whole almonds, and one egg.

A hand holding a packet of yeast

Anybody now can bake homemade bread and dinner rolls thanks to Platinum Red Star yeast!

Our favorite yeast is Red Star yeast because it is high quality and our homemade bread comes out perfect all the time. But now this brand has a new product called Platinum Red Star yeast.

The step by step on how to proof instant yeast

This platinum yeast has enhancers typically used in commercial bakeries, giving the pumpkin dinner rolls a perfectly moist crumb and tender texture.

Step by step on how to make the dough for the rolls

If you are one of those that are afraid of using yeast, don’t be. I am a rookie bread baker and started baking bread using Red Star yeast. In the beginning, I was intimidated, but the regular use of this product made me confident as all my homemade bread and dinner rolls I have made until this day are soft and delicious. No recipe fails.

Step by step on how to make the dough for the dinner rolls

Tips for making homemade pumpkin dinner rolls.

This recipe for the pumpkin dinner rolls allows you to prep the dough a day in advance to serve freshly out of the oven bread right at dinner time. Follow the below steps for a successful baking experience.

Kneading the dough

The pumpkin dinner rolls require measuring all the ingredients for precise quantities.

The flour is all-purpose and requires sifting to remove any lumps and fluff the flour.

The dough has doubled in size after resting in a warm place

The egg and the butter require to be at room temperature.

Use a high-quality yeast for your homemade bread baking. We like Red Star Yeast, the Platinum version. This type of yeast has dough enhancers that result in better quality bread.

Step by step on how to work the pumpkin dough

We recommend sugar pumpkin puree (the one used for pies), freshly cooked and mashed, but canned works.

The dough resembles a brioche, thus requires kneading. We recommend using the stand mixer with a hook. The dough needs a minimum of fifteen minutes of kneading. Or until it develops the bubbles.

Dough balls resting on a baking sheet

Remember that dry ingredients mix first, then the wet, and the last step is adding the butter.

Step by Step on how to form the pumpkin shaped rolls

This dough allows making it a day in advance. The only recommendation is to refrigerate immediately after kneading is done. Store in a plastic container with a lid and moisturize the pumpkin dinner rolls dough with some cooking oil.

Brushing egg wash to the pumpkin rolls

The following day, take out the container from the fridge and place it in a warm place. If you have a dough proofer, use it to allow the dough to rise.

When the first rise happens, punch the dough and start cutting into 100 grams pieces. Form small balls and place them on a baking sheet.

Fresh homemade rolls out of the oven ready to eat

Form the pumpkins by making a small indent in the middle of the dough ball. Insert an almond to simulate the pumpkin stem. Make several cuts with a knife. Cover and rise the dough until the dinner rolls double in size.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Use a brush and glaze the pumpkin rolls with egg wash. And bake the dinner rolls for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Showing the softness of the bread

Following these steps will result in soft and tender dinner rolls.

Now that we have provided all the details on how to bake pumpkin shaped rolls, let’s bake them!

Autumn homemade rolls
a tray with pumpkin dinner rolls

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Chef Adriana Martin
Pumpkin season calls for homemade pumpkin dinner rolls! A recipe that allows advanced dough prep for serving fresh out of the oven bread.
5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Breads
Cuisine European Cuisine
Servings 12 people
Calories 162 kcal

Equipment

  • Sifter
  • Stand Mixer with a kneading hook
  • Scale
  • Danish whisk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic container with a lid
  • Brush
  • Baking sheets
  • Knife
  • Dough scraper

Ingredients
  

  • 390  grams  unbleached all-purpose flour sifted (approximately 3 1/8 cups)
  • 120 grams natural pumpkin puree canned works (approx. 3/4 of a cup + 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1 yolk  at room temperature
  • 1 packet Platinum Red Star yeast  21 grams of instant yeast with dough enhancers
  • 160 milliliters lukewarm water (around 2/3 of a cup)
  • 40 grams sugar  (about 1/3 of a cup)
  • 25 grams unsalted butter  at room temperature (around 1.75 tablespoons)

For the egg wash and the pumpkin stem

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 12 almonds

Instructions
 

  • Measure all the ingredients using a scale and sift the flour.
  • Proof the dry yeast by mixing the sugar with the lukewarm water. Place the mix in a warm place for a faster fermentation.
  • Mix the dry ingredients first. Pour the flour into a mixing bowl along with the salt. Mix using a Danish whisk or a fork.
  • Add the egg yolk and the pumpkin puree and incorporate both ingredients with the flour.
  • Then add the fermented yeast and form the dough using the Danish whisk or your hands.
  • Add the butter and knead the dough for fifteen minutes in the stand mixer using a hook.
  • Test the dough by stretching into a see-through thin layer. If teh dough doesn't rip, it is ready. Place the dough in a plastic container with a lid and allow it to rise.
  • When the dough doubles in size punch, remove it from the container ad work it again on a floured surface.
  • Cut the dough into 100 grams portions. Form the dough balls and place them on a baking sheet covered with waxed paper.
  • Form the pumpkins by making a small indent in the middle of the dough ball. We use the Danish whisk handle. Insert an almond to simulate the pumpkin stem. Make several cuts with a knife. Cover and rise the dough until the dinner rolls double in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Use a brush and glaze the pumpkin rolls with egg wash. And bake the dinner rolls for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes

These dinner rolls are delicious to eat fresh out of the oven with butter. You can make sandwiches with them. They will look pretty and will be super tasty.
  • The pumpkin dinner rolls require measuring all the ingredients for precise quantities.
  • The flour is all-purpose and requires sifting to remove any lumps and fluff the flour.
  • The egg and the butter require to be at room temperature.
  • Use a high-quality yeast for your homemade bread baking.  
  • We recommend sugar pumpkin puree (the one used for pies), freshly cooked and mashed.
  • The dough resembles a brioche, thus requires kneading. We recommend using the stand mixer with a hook. The dough needs a minimum of fifteen minutes of kneading. 
  • Remember that dry ingredients mix first, then the wet, and the last step is adding the butter.
  • This dough allows making it a day in advance. The only recommendation is to refrigerate immediately after kneading is done. Store in a plastic container with a lid and moisturize the pumpkin dinner rolls dough with some cooking oil.
  • The following day, take out the container from the fridge and place it in a warm place. If you have a dough proofer, use it to allow the dough to rise.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 162kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 73mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1650IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 2mg
Keyword bread, pumpkin, sweet bread
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Pumpkin shaped dinner rolls served on a tray

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Marwin

5 stars
These rolls look so fun and perfect for the fall season. Definitely want to try these for next year!

Amanda Dixon

5 stars
These rolls are just fabulous! They came out so incredibly tender and soft. As a huge pumpkin lover, I will definitely make these again. Delicious.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan

5 stars
These dinner rolls are perfect! I had couple of cans of pumpkin puree left after baking for the holidays and I tried baking these. The rolls came out perfect and was super delicious.

tammy

5 stars
Oh these look so cute!! What a fun roll to make..I love anything with pumpkin so these are right up my alley!

Farrukh

5 stars
These dinner rolls look so fabulous! I honestly love dinner rolls, and the touch of pumpkin is a great idea! I can’t wait to make these!

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