pumpkin rolls with rosemary and sea salt

Easy pumpkin rolls with rosemary and sea salt

Its October and the food internet is awash with pumpkin recipes again, and Pinterest turns orange as people scramble to post as many squash recipes as they can ahead of Halloween. Of course they are also in full season in the Northern Hemisphere for Autumn. Pumpkin is around here too even though we are heading towards summer, so when I saw these delicious looking rolls I knew I needed to make a pumpkin version.

Easy pumpkin rolls with rosemary and sea salt

I’m a big fan of baking with the squash family. One of my all-time favourite scone recipes is made with butternut. It feels somehow healthier using a vegetable in a scone or roll and replaces some of the fat content. They turn a brilliant yellow and taste delicious. I’m also convinced they contribute moisture.

Easy pumpkin rolls with rosemary and sea salt

Easy pumpkin rolls with rosemary and sea salt

Easy pumpkin rolls with rosemary and sea salt

I slightly adapted this lovely receipt from Country Cleaver and updated the ingredients and method to metric too. After making them I set them aside to prove next to my heater because it was a rather chilly day and this is my best way to ensure my bread rises properly. I could have perhaps over proved them slightly. I also realised after they were nicely shaped in balls and tucked under the tea towel that I had left the sugar out. I am normally fastidious about re reading a recipe after completion to ensure I haven’t left anything out. Anyway they tasted great without the sugar but I think I would have preferred the sweeter angle to these rolls. They would have also had a softer texture.

I had some leftover rosemary and honey butter that glazed the top and spread this on the rolls to eat. Absolutely delicious. I also added a slice of nice aged Cheddar which was heavenly.

Easy pumpkin rolls with rosemary and sea salt

Easy pumpkin rolls with rosemary and sea salt

These are dinner rolls designed to be eaten on the day and if made a little smaller could be perfect at a dinner party. You can adapt them using orange sweet potato or butternut.

Recipe – makes 16 – 20 adapted from Country Cleaver


  • 1/2 cup water, between 38 – 40C / 102F -110 F
  • 1/4 cup milk, Between 38C – 40C / 102F -110 F
  • 2 1/2 tsp (1 10gm packet) Instant dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 85gm butter (6 Tbsp), melted and cooled
  • 2 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped + extra for topping
  • 1 cup mashed pumpkin (made from fresh preferable)
  • 4 1/2-5 cups all-purpose flour or cake flour, depending on how moist the pumpkin is and therefore the dough

Honey Butter glaze

  • 1/4 cup Butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • Sea salt flakes to sprinkle
  • Chopped rosemary – optional garnish ( I added this to the butter, you almost can’t get enough of it)

Cook your pumpkin any way you prefer. I chopped it into big chunks and steamed it in pot with a lid until soft. Allow to cool and drain. Then mash and drain off any excess water.

Heat the milk and water in a small bowl in the microwave until the desired temperature is reached. I use a thermometer here.

Add the 1 tsp sugar and yeast, stir and set aside to foam up for about 5 minutes. 

Using a stand mixer the dough hook attached, add all the remaining ingredients. Slowly pour in the yeast, milk and water and mix until a soft dough forms. It should start pulling away from the sides but will stick a little to the bottom. It really is a touch and feel process here. If it is too sticky, add a little more flour. I found I used just over 5 cups of flour.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and give it a brief knead until it comes together in a ball. Place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel and allow to prove in a warm place for around an hour. It should double in size.

When its proved, return it to a lightly floured surf and cut into 16 – 20 even pieces. Roll these into balls and place on a lined baking tray allowing space in between fr the rolls to double in size. Cover with a tea towel and place back in a warm spot to prove for another hour.

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown.

Mix the butter, honey and addition finely chopped rosemary together and brush this liberally over the hot rolls as they come out the oven. Sprinkle with sea salt flakes such as Maldon

Here are a few of my other favourite pumpkin recipes:

roasted pumpkin with chilli yoghurt and coriander sauce

spicy pumpkin and apple cake with cream cheese and maple frosting

easy pumpkin and parmesan scones with thyme

Easy pumpkin rolls with rosemary and sea salt

Easy pumpkin rolls with rosemary and sea salt

Easy pumpkin rolls with rosemary and sea salt




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10 Responses to pumpkin rolls with rosemary and sea salt

  1. evthomas October 14, 2016 at 4:32 pm #

    These look truly amazing. Definitely on my “to make” list

  2. Eve October 14, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    Those look delicious. I’m heading to the kitchen now…

  3. Laura | Tutti Dolci October 15, 2016 at 4:33 am #

    Fresh baked rolls are my ultimate weakness. I’d inhale these beauties!

  4. Brian Sacks October 15, 2016 at 6:36 am #

    Hi Sam,wonderful article of you in the Star this week.Very proud of you..

  5. mehlstaubundofenduft October 15, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    Pretty little rolls, defnitly one of the better recipes out of this prehalloween pumpkin recipe flood. I love that rosemary honey butter glaze, shiny bread always looks so soft and tasty.

  6. Sabrina October 16, 2016 at 11:24 pm #

    Wow these rolls look incredible!

  7. patisseriemakesperfect October 17, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    The colour of these rolls are beautiful, I love them so much Sam. I’ll take a dozen!

  8. Sam October 18, 2016 at 9:11 am #

    Hi Brian, lovely to hear from you and thanks for the message. Best Sam

  9. Suzannah December 5, 2016 at 12:09 am #

    Hello Sam… I am a little confused.. possibly missed something.. I am about the make the rolls, and was wondering why the 1/3 of a cup of sugar is divided? The teaspoon of sugar is to go into the yeast mix… but am at a loss about the divided sugar?

  10. Sam December 5, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Hi Suzannah, sorry the ‘divided’ was confusing as its 1 tsp for the yeast and the balance of the sugar goes into the dough. I hope you came right

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