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Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Let your bread machine do all the mixing and kneading for these Homemade Pumpkin Dinner Rolls!  Then shape the dough into buns and bake them in your oven for fresh buns at dinner. These are perfect for Thanksgiving.

Warm, delicious and festive pumpkin dinner rolls that are perfect for fall dinners and Thanksgiving! Brush the freshly baked tops with butter to make them extra scrumptious.

About these buns.

These pumpkin dinner rolls have 1 cup of fresh pumpkin added to the ingredients, which gives them the nice and rich orange colour. The addition of the pumpkin puree also adds a little sweetness and pumpkin flavour to the bread. But these are NOT dessert buns, they’re a dinner roll and they’re DELICIOUS.

a top down view of a metal baking pan filled with freshly baked Pumpkin Dinner Rolls.

Using a bread machine.

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I love my bread machine. I love that it takes care of all of the work of kneading and rising, so I can be busy doing other things. This is especially helpful when I’m trying to pull together a Thanksgiving dinner…it’s like having another set of hands in the kitchen. Fresh bread without much work? YES please.

a metal baking pan filled with freshly baked Pumpkin Dinner Rolls. in the background is a mini orange pumpkin, brown hot pads and an orange plaid napkin

Pumpkin in dinner rolls? YES.

I’m absolutely team-pumpkin-in-all-the-things when it comes to fall. So why not in dinner rolls? Not only do they look festive, but they’re really really delicious. The addition of the pumpkin puree adds a little sweetness and pumpkin flavour to the buns. You need to try them.

a metal baking pan filled with freshly baked Pumpkin Dinner Rolls. in the background is a mini orange pumpkin, brown hot pads and an orange plaid napkin
freshly baked Pumpkin Dinner Rolls cooling on a black wire cooling rack

Slather the tops with butter.

This is a little trick that I learned a few years ago and use all the time for all of my fresh bread and buns. As soon as they come out of the oven, rub the tops generously with butter.  The butter adds extra flavour and a little saltiness, but it also helps to make and keep the bread more moist. (that’s why the tops of the buns in these photos are shiny)

freshly baked Pumpkin Dinner Rolls cooling on a black wire cooling rack. off to the side is an orange plaid napkin

Recipe Tips:

  • Pumpkin: Make sure you use plain, pureed pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling), both canned or Homemade Pumpkin Puree work. You can also use pureed butternut squash.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure your milk and butter are at room temperature.  Cold ingredients do not stimulate yeast growth, so the dough may not rise properly.
  • Pan Size: To make these buns like tray buns, use a 9 x 13 baking pan.
  • You don’t have to bake these buns in a baking pan.  You can also bake them on a baking sheet (spread the dough balls fare apart)…this will give you buns that are shaped more like a hamburger bun instead of tray buns.
  • Timing: If you want fresh buns ready for dinner (say 5:30), start this process around 2:00 in the afternoon.
  • When are the buns done baking?  The buns will sound hollow when you tap the tops. The tops should also be golden brown.
  • When the buns are done baking, immediately brush them with butter.  This will give them nice buttery, shiny tops
  • Freezing: These buns freeze well. Store them in a tightly sealed bag and freeze for up to 3 months (or longer).

I hope you try these Pumpkin Dinner Rolls and love them as much as we do!

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Pumpkin Dinner Rolls


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 buns 1x

Description

Let your bread machine do all the mixing and kneading for these Homemade Pumpkin Dinner Rolls!  Then shape the dough into buns and bake them in your oven for fresh buns at dinner.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup canned fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast

Instructions

  1. Measure all of the ingredients, in the order that they are listed, into the bread machine.
  2. Select the dough cycle. This cycle is usually 1 hour, 30 minutes.
  3. After the dough cycle has completed, remove the dough to a lightly floured surface, cover with a clean tea towel and let rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Once the dough has rested, divide the dough into 12 portions. To do this I first divide the dough in half, then each piece in half again, then each piece into 3, to get 12 pieces.
  5. Shape the dough into buns. To do this make sure your hands are lightly floured.
    1. Shape each portion of dough into a ball.
    2. You want the tops of the buns to be taut, so while keeping the dough in a ball shape, you need to tuck the dough at the bottom of each bun, underneath as you roll.  You’ll get the hang of it as you roll them!
  6. Grease an 9 x 13 baking pan lightly with oil.
  7. Then place the buns into the baking pan, in 3 rows of 4, spacing them out evenly.
  8. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rest and rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  9. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  10. After the buns have finished rising, bake them for 25 minutes.
  11. When the buns are done, they will sound hollow when you tap on the tops.
  12. As soon as you take the buns out of the oven, brush the tops with butter.
  13. Let the buns rest in the pan for about 20 minutes, then remove to a plate.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Rising Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking

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