Pumpkin Yeast Rolls
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 package dry yeast (about 1 1/8 teaspoons)
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/8 cup warm fat-free milk (105° to 115°)
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour, divided
  • 1/8 cup stick margarine or butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 large egg (Note: Just scramble one egg in a dish and pour half into your recipe)
  • Cooking spray
  1. Combine the pumpkin and vanilla extract, and set aside.
  2. Dissolve yeast and sugar in milk in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.
  4. Add 1 cup flour, pumpkin mixture, margarine, salt, vinegar, nutmeg, and egg to yeast mixture; beat at medium speed of a mixer until smooth. Stir in 1 cups flour to form a sticky dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands.
  5. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top.
  6. Cover dough, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
  7. Coat muffin cups with cooking spray.
  8. Punch dough down.
  9. Divide into 12 equal pieces; shape each piece into a ball.
  10. Place 1 ball in each muffin cup. Cover and let rise 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
  11. Preheat oven to 350°.
  12. Uncover dough; bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.
  13. Read more about this recipe at my food blog ErinCooks.com
When these rolls came out of the oven and I tasted the first one sandwiched with a little butter I almost did a cartwheel. Finally, I’d made a recipe with yeast that actually tasted good! Pumpkin Yeast Rolls (Originally published in the December 1998 edition of Cooking Light magazine. I halved the recipe as outlined below.)