November 09, 2008

Buttery, sweet, and tender - Butternut Squash Rolls

That is what these rolls are. As I have shown recently, I really have a love of butternut squash. It was time however, for me to try it in something that you wouldn't know had squash in it. I have seen this roll recipe on for a while now, but a cooking friend of mine had made a squash braid that looked really delicious and this had made me decide it was time to try those rolls I had been eying.

Butternut Squash Rolls
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
2/3 cup warm fat free milk
1 cup mashed, cooked butternut squash (I boiled and mashed my own)
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole wheat flour (I used white whole wheat as that is all I had)
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used bread flour)
In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar; let stand for 5 minutes Stir in the milk, squash, butter, brown sugar and salt. Add whole wheat flour. beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in enough all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with nonstick cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down and turn onto a floured surface; divide into 20 pieces. (for some reason I only got 12 rolls out of this recipe. Maybe I made mine bigger than I was supposed to) Shape each piece into a ball. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with nonstick cooking spray. (I placed in 9x13 baking dish) With a sharp knife, make shallow slashes on top of rolls. (I didn't slash tops) Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees F for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

These smelled wonderful while baking and I couldn't wait to try one warm from the oven smothered in real butter!

Check out these other awesome roll recipes!

Joanne - What's on The List, Rosemary Lavendar Rolls
Marion - Our Life Tastes Good, Homemade Hamburger Buns
Renee - Renee's Kitchen Adventures, French Baguettes
Pretzel Rolls Guest Post by Katharine Martinelli (here on GHB)


  1. Those do look so delicious! I love the yellow color from the squash. I can almost smell them baking, wow!

  2. Oh boy these look, so light and airy!

  3. Boy, do these look delicious.

  4. I love butternut squash anything... those are no exeption! I can't wait to make them!

  5. Yum! I definitely want to make these when my oven is fixed!

  6. These sound delicious! I love the picture of the melting butter!

  7. They look like they would melt in your mouth. Delicious!

  8. Wow! These look so delicious, and your photos are wonderful. (I wish I could take a bite out of that last one!)

    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and the inspiration. I hope I can make these soon. :)

  9. What beautiful rolls. I love the color and I am sure the flavor is fantastic. The melting butter shot is mouth watering.

  10. I bet these were wonderful. I once made Pumpkin Brioche rolls and they were so moist.

  11. They smell delicious ! I love Rudy !!!

  12. Oh wow, HoneyB. These look so moist. :D

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  13. I keep seeing tasty ways to use butternut squash, but never in a delicious roll like this! Great idea. My mouth is watering. :) With a cup of tea or coffee, this would make the best morning snack!

  14. This looks so saliva-inducing...especially the one with the butter...yummm...

  15. Wow, these look like they turned out so perfect!! I've been seeing butternut squash in muffins but not in rolls yet. Great job!!!

  16. Oh my, those rolls look great!

  17. Those look nice and light and flaky and good. Great melting butter shot!

  18. They look great HoneyB! Looks like another recipe I need to try. ;-)


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