Orange-Scented Pumpkin Buns

These heavenly rolls are great spread with honey at brunch, or dipped in turkey gravy at dinner.

Serves: 10Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 2 hours 35 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 10


  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1¾ tsp. active dry yeast (1 package)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 tsp. plus ⅛ tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. grated orange zest
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 1 large egg


  • In a large bowl, combine water, 1 teaspoon sugar, and yeast. Stir to dissolve and let stand about 10 minutes.
  • Add remaining sugar, butter, pumpkin, 2 teaspoons salt, nutmeg, orange zest, and enough bread flour to create a firm dough. Add flour only to reduce stickiness. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 8–10 minutes. Return to bowl, dust the top with flour, and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Rise at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment. Turn risen dough onto a floured surface. Shape into a rope, about 3" thick. Slice 2" pieces off the rope, then roll each into a tight ball. Place balls on prepared pan, seam-side down. Dust lightly with flour, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and proof for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Mix egg with remaining salt and brush lightly across proofed rolls. Bake until golden brown, about 20–25 minutes. Cool completely.