Pumpkin Rolls - delicious dinner rolls shaped like pumpkins, perfect for an autumn-themed dinner.
– 1 cup warm milk
– 2 ¼ tsp yeast
– 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
– 2-1/2 cups flour
– 2 tbsp butter
Coarse sea salt
or pretzel salt
Melted butter for brushing on top
Pour the warm milk into the bowl of an electric mixer and sprinkle with the yeast. Let it sit for about 2 minutes to activate.
Mix in the brown sugar and half the flour.
Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter and stir into the mixture.
Add the remaining flour and salt. Mix to form a slightly sticky dough.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth but still slightly sticky.
Shape the dough into a ball, place it in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place to rise until the dough doubles in volume.
Punch the dough down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
Divide it into 12 pieces and roll them into balls.
Using kitchen scissors, cut 6 x 1 cm – ½ inch slits around the dough ball, being sure to leave the centre uncut.
Press an almond vertically into the centre of each roll as the stem.
Place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake the rolls at 230°C – 450°F for 8-10 minutes, until golden.
Remove the rolls from the oven and brush them with melted butter while hot. Sprinkle with coarse salt and serve.