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.
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.
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.
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)
- 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!Print
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Have a delicious day!