We spent Thanksgiving out of town this year, so I still have a ton of pumpkin puree sitting in my freezer that needs to be used up. This recipe was a great way to put a little dent in the stockpile. These rolls, like many bread recipes, have a long preparation time, but most of that time is for rising and not hands on. The hint of pumpkin makes these yeast rolls a great addition to the holiday table or complement to a seasonal meal.
The pumpkin is a winter squash belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family with other squash, gourds, melons, and cucumbers. They are technically a fruit, because they contain seeds. Pumpkins originated in North America, but are now grown around the world. In the United States, Illinois is the top pumpkin producer. They have a long growing season, from 90 to 120 days in warm weather. They do not tolerate cold weather well. Pumpkins are high in fiber, potassium, and iron. They are also a source of lutein (good for eye health), alpha and beta carotene (vitamin A). Evan approves!