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Pureed vegetables give a lovely moistness to bread and rolls. This simple recipeinspired by one appearing in James Beard's classic "Beard on Bread"calls for half a cup of pureed sweet potato, but you may also use yams, squash, pumpkin or mashed potato (in which case you'll lose the distinctive orange color).
Make these rolls for Thanksgiving dinner, if you'd like; but they're especially apropos the day after, when you're faced with a tiny bit of leftover sweet potatoes, some squash, half a cup of mashed potato, etc. Serve rolls with leftover turkey in gravy, or use them to make bite-sized sandwichesthe turkey version of White Castle hamburgers.
2 tablespoons active dry yeast or 1 1/2 tablespoons instant yeast
1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (4 ounces) warm water, or 1/4 cup each warm water and warm milk
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 large eggs
3 1/2 to 4 cups (14 7/8 to 17 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup mashed sweet potato, yam, squash, pumpkin, or regular potato
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes.
While yeast is getting started, melt butter and let it cool. Add cooled butter, salt, cinnamon, eggs, flour, and mashed vegetable to yeast mixture, stirring to blend; dough will be quite slack. Beat with the flat beater of an electric mixer, or stir by hand, for about 5 minutes. Place dough in a well-greased bowl, turning to coat all sides, and cover with plastic wrap; or scoop into a large, well-oiled plastic bag, sealing bag near the top. Refrigerate dough 8 hours, or overnight.
Next day, remove dough from refrigerator, and place on a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 24 pieces, rolling each piece into a ball; being cold, the dough will be quite easy to work with. If it it's overly sticky, rub your hands with a bit of oil.
Place rolls in a lightly greased large, round pana 14-inch deep-dish pizza pan works wellor two lightly greased 9 or 10-inch cake pans. Set aside to rise for about 3 hours, or until rolls fill the pan.
Bake rolls in a preheated 375°F oven for about 20 minutes, or until they're lightly browned. Yield: 24 rolls.
Nutrition information per serving (1 roll, 37 g): 94 cal, 2g fat, 3g protein, 13g complex carbohydrates, 2g sugar, 1g dietary fiber, 38mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 55mg potassium, 1mg iron, 35mg calcium, 35mg phosphorus.
This recipe reprinted from The Baking Sheet Newsletter, Vol. XII, No. 4, Spring 2001 issue.