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Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Holly Ford
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Servings 30 rolls

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup whole milk scalded
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packages active dry yeast 1/2 ounces plus 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 15-20 pecan halves sliced into 3 vertical sections
  • 1/4 cup melted butter optional

Instructions
 

  • Pour hot milk in a mixing bowl, add butter and stir to melt. Add sugars, pumpkin puree, salt to the milk and combine well.
  • In a small bowl proof yeast in a lukewarm water with a teaspoon sugar. When it gets foamy add to the pumpkin mixture, and add the egg, mix well.
  • Add in flour gradually and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined. The dough will be sticky.
  • If using electric mixer, attach a dough hook and beat the mixture until the dough itself pulls from the side of the bowl.
  • Turn the dough out to a wooden board dusted with a little flour. Knead with hand for 1 minute. Form the dough into a ball shape, place in a greased bowl and cover with a cloth. Let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in volume, about 1 hr.
  • Punch the dough to deflate and knead it for a few seconds on a wooden board. Cut the dough in half. Cut each half into about 15 pieces.
  • Roll each piece into a ball shape with your hand. Flatten the piece with palm of your hand a little. Using a knife, give 8 cuts on the edge to mimic flower pedals but the leave center uncut.
  • Poke the center with your finger to give a deep indentation, and repeat the same procedure to all the other pieces.
  • Place them, 2" apart, on a baking pan lined with parchment paper or baking mat, and let them rise again to be doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven 350ºF for 20 minutes.
  • If the center indentation is not obvious on the rolls, poke them again with your finger.
  • Brush with egg wash, if you wish, and bake for 9-12 minutes until the top gets slightly golden.
  • Brush the rolls with melted butter or a little honey diluted with water to make it shine if you wish.
  • Insert pecan slices on top to mimic pumpkin stem.
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