These Pumpkin Dinner Rolls are so soft and fluffy and easier than you might think! You’ll love how delicious they are with just the right amount of pumpkin flavor. They are my go-to fall dinner roll recipe and they are perfect for Thanksgiving and other holiday dinners.
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
I’m obsessed with Pumpkin Dinner Rolls! If you follow me on social media you might know I have a thing for baking bread. This past summer I started to get really into it, especially sourdough bread and slow cooker bread. I keep my sourdough starter in the fridge, bringing it out weekly to feed and bake something delicious with it.
With so many garden pumpkins on the counter, I made a big batch of fresh pumpkin purée to freeze for later use. Craving some pumpkin bread, I came up with these soft and fluffy sourdough pumpkin dinner rolls.
These Pumpkin Rolls are so fluffy and moist, they are hands down one of my favorite savory pumpkin recipes. Some people associate pumpkin with sweet recipes, like pumpkin scones and pumpkin roll, but did you know pumpkin makes a perfect ingredient for dinner dishes too? I love using pumpkin savory meals, like Pumpkin Chili and Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese too!
Just a warning, though – these rolls are addictive! I dare you to only eat one of them! I always come back for seconds or thirds!
How To Make Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
Before starting this dinner roll recipe, you’ll need one cup of sourdough starter ready to go.
Many people are intimidated to make bread with a sourdough starter and even to work with yeast. If this is you, don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone! But there’s no reason to be afraid. Just follow a few simple rules and you can have wonderful, fresh loaves of bread and batches of homemade rolls anytime you want. Making yeast dough is really easy, even if you haven’t worked with yeast before! And working with the sourdough starter is super easy too. You can purchase the sourdough starter here.
Once you have your sourdough starter mixed and ready to use, this recipe is really quick and easy.
You’ll combine the sourdough starter, water, yeast, salt and oil together in a large bowl. And then to the yeast mixture, you’ll add three cups of flour and pumpkin purée. Stir to combine. Continue adding 1/2 cups of flour until your dough is sticky, but not too sticky that you can’t knead it. You will use anywhere from four to five cups of flour total. Once dough is made, knead it inside the bowl for 5 minutes.
Dough should rise to look like the picture below. Punch dough down with your hands.
With floured hands, form the dough into small dinner roll shapes. Place on a baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray or on a silicone baking sheets. After letting them sit for 30 minutes more, bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F. During the last few minutes of baking, I like to brush with melted butter to give them a pretty golden brown look on top.
And soon you’ll have a batch of Pumpkin Dinner Rolls to serve to your family, or eat yourself! 🙂
Can You Freeze Pumpkin Dinner Rolls?
Absolutely, you can freeze pumpkin dinner rolls! Bake them as usual, and then let them cool completely. Next, place them on a cookie sheet and freeze, making sure they don’t touch each other. Once frozen, put in a freezer-safe bag and put them back in the freezer. When you want one (or more), you can throw them in the microwave for a quick defrost!
I hope you enjoy my go-to fall pumpkin dinner rolls as much as my family does!
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- 1 cup Sourdough starter
- 1 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup pumpkin
- 4-5 cups flour
- melted butter
- In a large bowl combine sourdough starter, water, yeast, salt, sugar and oil.
- Add pumpkin and 3 cups of flour. Combine with wooden spoon.
- Continue adding 1/2 cups of flour until your dough is sticky, but not too sticky that you can't knead it. You will use anywhere from 4 to 5 cups of flour total.
- Once dough is made, knead it inside the bowl for 5 minutes.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let set in a warm place for 1 hour. Dough should approximately double in size.
- Punch dough down with your hands.
- With floured hands, form dough into small dinner rolls. Place on sprayed pan (with nonstick spray) or on silicone baking sheets. Let sit for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Bake rolls for 20 minutes.
- During the last 5 minutes of baking, brush rolls with melted butter and continue baking.