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Pumpkin Dinner Rolls with Whole Wheat

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Mumma, what is this Halloween all about and why everybody is buying those scary costumes. What’s fun here? – My inquisitive ladoo had so many questions as this is the first time he was witnessing the arrangements of Halloween get-together.

I could have avoided the question as I was busy with my recipe, but then I decided to answer him. As a parent it is our first duty to respond to our children question, this helps in making a better bond with the child. So I explained.

Pumpkin Dinner RollsHalloween is celebrated every year on 31st October. The mythological aspect is to wear scary costumes to scare the ghosts.

What? Scare the ghost?.. and ladoo started laughing.

Yes, and it all started in the eighth century when Pope Gregory III announced 1st November to honor all saints. And an evening before was then known as “All Hallows Eve” and later “Halloween”.

Hmmmm… so what’s exciting for me in this? Garv was trying to find his fun quotient here.

Go, find a costume, a scary one. Go to people house, scare them, they will give you chocolates and candies.

And that is it, he was on his toes, anything for chocolates 🙂

If you prefer watching video recipe, here is the Pumpkin dinner roll recipe video for you

When my ladoo was planning with his friends for costumes and other stuff for Halloween day, I quickly baked these Pumpkin dinner rolls to treat all of them. Forget about costumes, all the little ghosts ate all of these pumpkins.

Well, it’s time for you to make this super recipe and delight those little small ghosts ringing your doorbells.

Let’s get started.

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Before we start my first tip is to use a Kitchen Weighing Scale for measuring ingredients. This helps in getting the desired results.

If you still like to work with cup measurements, use a Kitchen Weighing Scale to switch recipe between grams and cups

 

Quick Notes

Tin Size 12×14
Oven Temp 200°C
Baking Time 20 min
MW Convection Temp 180 °C
Baking Time 20 min
Demold Instructions Immediately
Cooling Time 10 min

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Ingredients for Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

The ingredients for this recipe are

  • Whole wheat flour
  • Yeast, Sugar
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Pumpkin puree

To get good results I used Kitchen Weighing Scale. I have used homemade Pumpkin Puree. It’s quite easy to make.

How to make Pumpkin Puree

Peel the red pumpkin and cut it into small pieces. You can use regular pumpkin as well but the red pumpkin will give that beautiful golden color and natural sweetness to the Pumpkin shaped dinner rolls.

Now in a pan boil some water. Add chopped pumpkin pieces to hot water and cook for 5 min. Now stain the pumpkin and let it come to room temperature.

Using a mixer grinder, make a paste of the cooked pumpkin. Our pumpkin puree is ready.

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Dough for Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

The first step is to activate the yeast. For this, in a bowl take yeast, sugar and lukewarm water. Stir it and let it rest for 5 minutes or until it froths. That froth is a sign of yeast activation.

On the other side, in a kneading bowl add flour and salt. Add activated yeast solution and pumpkin puree. Mix everything and start kneading the dough by adding water little at a time. We need soft, little sticky dough.

Pumpkin Puree for Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Add one tablespoon oil to the dough. Knead it for a minute or two. I haven’t kneaded the dough much and preferred to rest and let the Mother Nature work. Just cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest until it becomes double in volume.

Dough for Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

How much time the dough will take to rise, completely depends on the temperature at your place. Presently, the temperature at my place is between 30 °C – 35 °C. So the dough doubled in 40 minutes.

Once the dough doubles in volume, punch it and release the air and then take it out on a lightly floured surface.

Dough Kneading of Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Divide the dough into 8 equal portions. Shape each dough portion round like a ball. We will now shape the dough portions into pumpkin shaped dinner rolls.

I have used two different techniques to shape. To check “How to shape” please watch my Kitchen Weighing Scale.

Shaping of Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

In the first technique, make a smooth dough ball and then using a thread knot the dough ball in a way that it is making 6 equal portions of the dough.

In the second technique, I have used scissors. Again make a dough ball and then using scissors, cut the outer surface a little deep from 6 to 8 equidistant place on the dough ball.

Similarly, shape all the buns.

Pumpkin Shaped Dinner Rolls

Let’s bake our Pumpkin shaped Dinner Rolls

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place all the shaped pumpkin buns on it by leaving some gap in-between. Cover them with a kitchen towel and let them rest until they double in volume.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 200°C for 10 minutes. After the second rise, brush the pumpkin buns with milk and bake them at 200°C for 20 minutes.

Shaped Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

After 20 minutes take the tray out from the oven. Rest the baked pumpkin dinner rolls for 5 minutes.

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Now using a scissors cut and remove the thread from the buns. Our super healthy and delicious Pumpkin dinner rolls are ready to tickle your taste buds.

Baked Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Serve these healthy and delicious Pumpkin dinner rolls to your guests with soup or salad. I am sure the only thing you are going to get in return is lots of appreciation. Oh, come on! No need to say thanks to me for this.

You can just drop your suggestions and messages for me in comment sections. I will wait to hear from you.

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Soft Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Baked
Servings: 8 Rolls

Ingredients

  • 300 gm Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Yeast
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 200 gm Pumpkin Puree
  • 100 ml Water
  • 1 tbs Oil

Instructions

Pumpkin Puree

  • To make Pumpkin Puree, peel the red pumpkin and cut it into small pieces.
  • Now in a pan boil some water.
  • Add chopped pumpkin pieces to hot water and cook for 5 min.
  • Now stain the pumpkin and let it come to room temperature. Then make a paste of it using a mixer grinder.

Yeast Activation

  • To activate the yeast, in a bowl take yeast, sugar and lukewarm water.
  • Stir it and let it rest for 5 minutes or until it froths.

Dough Kneading

  • In a kneading bowl add flour and salt.
  • Add activated yeast solution and pumpkin puree.
  • Mix everything and start kneading the dough by adding water little at a time.
  • Add one tablespoon oil to the dough. Knead it for a minute or two.
  • Cover the bowl with clean kitchen towel and let the dough rest until it doubles in volume.
  • When dough becomes double in volume, punch it to release the air and divide it into 8 equal portions.
  • For first shaping technique, make a smooth dough ball and then using a thread knot the dough ball in a way that it is making 6 equal portions of the dough.
  • For the second technique, I used scissors. Again make a dough ball and then using scissors, cut the outer surface a little deep from 6 to 8 equidistant place on the dough ball.
  • Place all the shaped dough balls on a baking tray by leaving some space in-between.
  • Cover with kitchen towel and let rest until doubles.

Baking the Pumpkin Dinner Roll

  • Preheat the oven at 200°C.
  • Brush the buns with milk before baking and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • When baked take the pumpkin rolls out from oven and rest for 5 minutes.
  • Using scissors cut the thread and serve healthy pumpkin rolls.

Notes

  1. You can use other varieties of pumpkin as well in case red pumpkin is not available.
  2. Always add water little by little. It helps to manage the dough.
  3. Water amount can vary based upon the quality of flour you are using.
  4. Resting time depends upon weather conditions. So rest your dough until it doubles in volume.
  5. For this tried and tested recipe, please don’t ask for any substitutes as it can change the final result.
  6. You can experiment with the recipe and feel free to share with us.
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Sonia Gupta

Baking Instructor & Food Blogger

I’m Sonia Gupta, and I am on my mission to transform home-makers into home-bakers. Baking is an essential skill that every mother must know so to avoid their children eating unhealthy market baked items. My goal is to help you learn a skill that will keep your children happy and healthy.

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