Cook's Hideout: Pumpkin Dinner Rolls for #BreadBakers

November 10, 2015

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls for #BreadBakers

November is cruising by and with the festival season around, I'm sure all of you must be planning or at least thinking of your holiday menus. So you are in luck because our #BreadBakers group is baking up some special and festive loaves or rolls or breads that you can bring to a family feast or celebratory dinner. Actually I'm lucky to be hosting this month's event, big thanks to Stacy and Renee for the opportunity. Don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of the post for the list of breads by my fellow bread bakers.
Golden Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
We went apple picking last month and ended up with 4 little pie pumpkins from the patch. I kept them for display till Halloween, then roasted a couple and made pumpkin puree out of them. With that puree I made these Pumpkin dinner rolls. Recipe is from King Arthur Flour site.
Golden Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
They are great to serve for Thanksgiving dinner. They are soft and delicious with a spicy pumpkin flavor. I ate a couple hot right out of the oven. My son ate them with Nutella. Stored well wrapped, they keep well for about 3~4 days at room temperature. For longer storage, freeze them well wrapped.

Recipe from King Arthur Flour Site:

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
  • 4cups All purpose flour (I used 2cups wholewheat flour and 2cups all purpose flour)
  • 2½tsp Instant Yeast
  • ¼cup Brown Sugar
  • ½cup Lukewarm Milk
  • 4tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2tsp Salt
  • 2tsp Pumpkin pie Spice (homemade or storebought)
  • 2 Large Eggs (I used 2tbsp egg replacer whisked with 6tbsp water)
  • ¾cup Pumpkin Puree
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the dough in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix and knead to make a soft and smooth dough.
  2. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and allow to rise for 60~75minutes, until it's puffy though not necessarily doubled in bulk.
  3. Gently deflate the dough and transfer to a lightly greased work surface. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces. Form and roll each piece into a smooth ball.
  4. Lightly grease 2 9" round cake pans or square baking pans. Space 12 rolls in each pan. Alternately place all the 24 rolls in a 9"x13" baking pan.
  5. Cover the pans and set aside to rise until they're very puffy and crowded against each other; about 1~2hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  7. Uncover the rolls and bake them for 20 minutes. Lightly tent with an aluminum foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes or so, or until the edges of the center bun spring back when touched lightly.
  8. Remove the buns from the oven and brush with melted butter, if desired. Turn them over on to a wire rack after couple of minutes. Serve warm. Store completely cooled rolls, wrapped well at room temperature for 3~4 days. For longer storage, wrap and well and freeze.
Golden Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
Let's take a look at what my fellow bakers have baked for this month’s Family Feast Breads event:
#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.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to


  1. I like pumpkin breads a lot , well made pavani.......

  2. Thank you for hosting this month, Pavani. Wonderful theme. Your Pumpkin dinner rolls are perfect for tha gathering.

  3. Thanks for leading the group this month, what beautiful breads have been shared! I think your pumpkin dinner rolls would be the star on any family dinner table.

  4. I have made those rolls and absolutely love them! Yours are soooo perfectly shaped and nice and smooth on top. So good!

  5. That is a great idea to add pumpkin into these rolls, it makes them so perfect for Thanksgiving, nicely done!!

  6. Thank you so much for hosting this month! Your rolls are perfect for the Thanksgiving. They came out perfectly browned and yummy.

  7. I can just taste those beautifully soft, slightly sweet rolls now, Pavani. They would be perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner! Or breakfast for that matter. Thanks so much for hosting this month!

  8. Beautiful rolls!!!! Thanks so much for hosting the challenge :)

  9. Pavani your rolls look fabulous!! Perfect shape and I bet they smell and taste wonderful too! Thanks for choosing a lovely theme! I had so much fun making the bread this month!

  10. Serving them with Nutella is a great idea! I love your son's style! Thanks for our wonderful, celebrator theme this month, Pavani!

  11. Awesome rolls, love the texture and softness of the bread.

  12. These look great, I like the idea of eating them with Nutella. Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas

  13. love soft looking rolls. Would love some right now.


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