Honey Butter Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
The scents of pumpkin, spices, honey, and bread baking that waft through the house are positively intoxicating.
Yield: 8 - 12 rolls
For the dough:
- ⅓ cup milk
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 egg, large
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) RED STAR Platinum Superior Baking Yeast
- 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp salt, optional and to taste
For the honey butter:
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp honey
- Make the dough:
- Add milk to a 2-cup microwave-safe measuring cup, or microwave-safe bowl. Add butter and heat on high power to melt butter, about 45 seconds. Stir until butter has melted smoothly into the milk.
- Add the egg, pumpkin puree, and whisk to combine.
- To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, or large mixing bowl (for hand kneading), add the remaining dough ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Pour wet pumpkin-milk mixture over the dry ingredients.
- Turn mixer to low speed, and knead for 5 to 8 minutes, or until dough is smooth and has come together. This is not a sticky dough; if your dough is sticky, tacky, or gloppy, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is no longer sticky.
- Turn dough out into a mixing bowl that's been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Flip dough over once so both sides are lightly greased, and cover bowl with plastic wrap.
- Place bowl in a warm, draft-free environment until dough has nearly doubled in size, about 45 to 60 minutes. Do not go by time elapsed on the clock. Wait until dough has nearly doubled in size, and if it takes longer than an hour, that's fine.
- Punch dough down and turn it out onto a nonstick surface. Spray your counter with cooking spray or lightly dust with flour.
- Divide dough into 8 to 12 equally-sized portions, rolling each portion into a smooth ball.
- Place dough balls into a foil-lined and cooking sprayed 9-inch square pan. (NOTE: If you would like to use an overnight or make-ahead option, after you get the rolls into the pan and covered with foil, place pan in fridge. When ready to bake, pick up with the next step below, making sure to allow the dough to come to room temp and rise nicely; it could take longer than the 45 minutes indicated below since dough is coming right out of a cold fridge.)
- Cover pan with a sheet of foil, place pan in a warm, draft-free environment until dough has nearly doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Make the Honey Butter: Melt butter in small microwave-safe bowl, about 45 seconds on high power. Add the honey and stir to combine. Tip: Combine equal parts softened butter (not melted) and honey, and whisk together until fluffy and combined for serving with the rolls.
- Before baking, generously brush dough with honey butter; reserve any extra and brush it on after baking.
- Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until golden, domed, cooked through, and when tapped, the rolls should sound hollow. Allow rolls to cool in pan until they're cool enough to handle before serving. Rolls will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 4 days. Heat in microwave for 5 to 10 seconds as necessary to recreate the just-baked taste and to soften. Finished (baked) rolls will keep airtight in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- Recipe created by Averie Cooks.