Monday, November 23, 2015

Winter squash dinner rolls

I'm behind this year.... It's week 3 of 12 Weeks of Winter Squash, one of my favorite food blogger events... But I missed the first two weeks this time. This year our event is hosted by LeAndra at Love & Flour. Last year I actually made a recipe for each of the 12 weeks! It was a goal of mine since we had so many winter squash and many varieties. I think this is my third year participating in this event and I'm going to try to hit as many weeks as I can. You'd think I'd run out of new ways to use winter squash, but it hasn't happened yet!

This recipe infuses winter squash puree into light and fluffy dinner rolls. There's still time to add these to your Thanksgiving dinner menu. They make a perfect bread to accompany your meal with their light orange color. They don't taste overwhelmingly of squash, especially with the bit of whole wheat flour, but you can detect it. Keep this recipe around to go with your soups and chilis as well all through the winter. I used butternut squash puree, but pumpkin, acorn, kabocha, or any thick winter squash puree will work. This recipe will make about 9 dinner rolls, depending on how much flour your dough takes up.

Winter squash dinner rolls
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm milk (I used 2%)
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup winter squash puree (flesh that has been cooked and pureed until smooth)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for greasing
1 cup whole wheat flour
about 2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, optional

In a large bowl, stir together the yeast, milk, and honey and let sit for 5 minutes (until it foams a bit).

Stir in the squash puree, salt, and olive oil. Then stir in the whole wheat flour.

Begin to stir in the all-purpose flour about 1/4 cup at a time. You want the dough to come together and be just slightly tacky. At this point, I begin using my hand to incorporate the flour.

Knead the dough for about 5 minutes on a lightly floured surface (adding more as needed), until it becomes smooth and elastic. Shape into a tight ball. Lightly oil a bowl and then place the dough in the bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place for one hour.

Lightly oil an 8" x 8" baking dish. Gently push down the dough and divide it into individual balls, about 1/3-1/2 cup in size. Place the dough balls into the baking dish so that they are close to one another. Cover and let rise again for about 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Uncover the rolls and bake them until they are golden and sound hollow when tapped, about 25 minutes. If desired, when the rolls are almost finished, brush them with melted butter and return to the oven for 2-3 minutes. Let the rolls cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

What was I cooking one year ago?: apple-cheddar-thyme quick bread
Two years ago?: pumpkin gingerbread cookies
Three?: maple pecan pie
Four?: ginger-clementine cranberry sauce
5?: sour cream & onion dip

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  1. These dinner rolls look perfect! Super fluffy! I love the idea of adding winter squash to the bread dough! :)

  2. Rolls with whole wheat flour and squash! These would be perfect for Thanksgiving! I love the festive orange color too. :)

  3. Wow, these look fantastic! What a creative, tasty use of squash. And I love your cute little squash knife. =)

  4. Squash dinner rolls!?! So unique - what a fabulous idea! They look delicious! I love squash and will definitely add this to my baking "to-do" list :)

  5. love these dinner rolls! they look fluffy and perfect. :)

  6. Hi Amy, love the color of these rolls, I bet they are delicious!

  7. They look soft and delicious! What a great idea for Thanksgiving.

  8. I've made pumpkin challah so know how fabulous squash can be in bread!! Your rolls are reinforcing this---they look magnificent!!! Hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving!!! xo

  9. Amy, your winter squash rolls have an amazing warm and rich color - they must have tasted absolutely wonderful!
    Wishing you and your family a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. These rolls sound ah-mazing, Amy. So delicious, warm and comforting for these snowy days! YUM!

  11. What an amazing idea to add squash in to rolls. A great way to make them much more filling and comforting.

  12. I agree with Amanda, definitely unique but these sound DELICIOUS! I would have never thought to add this flavor into rolls. What a great way to make rolls even better! Thanks for sharing. :-)

  13. These sound delicious Amy - like the bread version of our pumpkin scones.

  14. Awesome rolls Amy, I love the flavor and color of these rolls...perfect for Thanksgiving!
    Have a wonderful week :)

  15. Hi Amy, Lovely rolls & certainly yummy ! Great for Thansgiving . Happy Thanksgiving ;)

  16. Ahhh way to make homemade dinner rolls even better than ever! Great idea and Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. I don't think I've ever had squash in a dinner roll. Wonderful idea! So much flavor! Really creative -- thanks. And Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. I love your butter knife! Your rolls look superb. I haven't put squash into rolls before but I have put it into scones xx

  19. Hi Amy, your dinner roll look good. The texture look soft and fluffy. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and family.


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