Last Updated on May 30, 2015 by Chef Mireille
This month’s Bread Bakers theme is to make a bread or roll perfect to serve with Thanksgiving dinner. I took some of the flavors common in an all American Thanksgiving meal to create these rolls. Pumpkin comes from the traditional pumpkin pie, sage is a common herb used in the turkey stuffing and cheddar biscuits are a common accompaniment to the meal.
I also used the Japanese tangzhong water roux method of starting the bread which results in an amazingly soft bread. We all enjoy soft dinner rolls right. My previous attempt using the tangzhong method here was much beloved, so I thought it was time to utilize it again.
Yield: 26 rolls
Water Roux Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups bread flour (or all purpose flour) + 2 tablespoons
- 1/4 cup dry milk powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground sage
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- water roux (from above)
- 26 pumpkin seeds, toasted
- 1 tablespoon milk, for brushing
To make the roux, dissolve flour in the water until there are no lumps. In a small saucepan, heat this flour-water combination until it is thickened and coats the back of a spoon, 2-3 minutes. Immediately transfer to a glass or ceramic bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave it to cool to room temperature.
Now let’s get to making our rolls.
In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, milk and butter. Mix well.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine flours, milk powder, salt, sugar, sage and yeast. Using the dough hook, mix. Add the water roux, pumpkin puree mix and cheese. Using the dough hook, knead for 5 minutes.
Transfer to a lightly greased bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. Leave to rise for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
Divide into apricot size pieces and roll into balls. Place in a greased springform pan. Place a pumpkin seed into each roll. Cover with a kitchen towel and leave to rise for 1 hour.
A half hour into the second rise, preheat oven to 350 F.
Brush the tops gently with milk.
Bake for 45 minutes.
The sage is more of an aftertaste. If you would like the sage flavor stronger, feel free to increase the quantity.
With whole wheat flour, these are healthy but still very soft and fluffy because of the water roux method.
Take a look at the other Bread Bakers to find out what Thanksgiving themed breads they baked up:
- Brown Butter Sage Biscuits by Sophia at Sweet Cinnamon & Honey
- Butterflake Rolls by Anshie at Spice Roots
- Buttermilk Rolls by Renee at Magnolia Days
- Cast Iron Parker House Rolls by Veronica at My Catholic Kitchen
- Cheese & Mustard Pull Apart Bread by Laura at Baking in Pyjamas
- Classic Anise Dinner Rolls by Kathya at Basic N Delicious
- Crusty French Bread Rolls by Robin at A Shaggy Dough Story
- Gruyère Gougères by Nicole at The 2nd 35 Years
- No Knead Dinner Rolls by Heather at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Parker House Rolls by Tara at Noshing With The Nolands
- Parmesan Garlic Knots by Lauren at From Gate to Plate
- Pumpkin and Rosemary Bread by Rocío at kids&chic
- Pumpkin Pani Popo by Kelly at Passion Kneaded
- Overnight Rosemary Rolls by Holly at A Baker’s House
- Soft and Tender Dinner Rolls by Stacy at Food Lust People Love
- Sourdough Cornbread Rolls with Sage by Karen at Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Sweet Potato Rolls by Cindy at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Tomato Herb Loaves by Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Zopf – Braided Swiss Milk Bread by Carola at En la Cocina de Caro
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I'm so going to try that Japanese roux method soon. I can't wait to see the difference it makes in bread and rolls, especially wheat rolls.
These are lovely! I'm sure they're delicious! I love that they're whole wheat. YUM
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Beautiful rolls! I am interested to learn of the water roux method and look forward to trying it.
What a great, interesting technique. I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing with #BreadBakers.
What a winning combination, Mireille!
Love the tangzhong method! The bread ends up so soft and wonderful. I will definitely need to try it with pumpkin!
Perfect combination of flavors for Thanksgiving, Mireille! I am not a huge fan of sage so I think the amount you added would be absolute right.
I only recently discovered tangzhong and it does make the most wonderful bread. Look forward to trying your recipe, Mireille. Thanks for sharing!
Looks great. I have never used sage before. Need to check it out.
Cheese and pumpkin go so nicely, most people think to go on the sweet side with pumpkin. I love your rolls they are perfect for Thanksgiving!!
Yum, love the combination of flavours in these, they sound wonderful! [email protected] in Pyjamas
That is one beautiful looking bread.
Pumpkin and cheddar cheese? I've never had that combination but it sounds amazing.
Great combo and a lovely looking bread!!