Leo Gong
YieldsMakes 2 dozen
AuthorAngela Baker, Bremerton, WA,
Soft, cheerfully orange, and slightly sweet. Prep and Cook Time: 3 hours.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a large bowl, combine milk with yeast, sugar, and salt. Let stand 5 minutes, then add egg and beat well to combine.

Step 2
2

Add squash and shortening; mash with a fork until shortening is in small pieces. Add 1 1/2 cups flour and mix well with a wooden spoon. Gradually mix in more flour by the cupful until dough collects around spoon and pulls away from sides of bowl (you may not need all the flour).

Step 3
3

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead 2 minutes. Put dough in a greased bowl; cover with a towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Step 4
4

Preheat oven to 400° and butter a large baking sheet. Punch dough down, turn out onto a lightly floured work surface, and knead until dough is smooth and supple, about 7 minutes. Cut dough into 4 balls; cut each ball into 6 pieces.

Step 5
5

Roll each piece into a round and arrange rounds on baking sheet so they barely touch. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds; cover with plastic wrap and let rise 30 minutes.

Step 6
6

Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool, then pull apart to serve.

Step 7
7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per roll.

Ingredients

 1 1/2 cups warm milk
 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast
 2 tablespoons sugar
 1 tablespoon salt
 1 egg, lightly beaten
 3/4 cup puréed squash or canned pumpkin
 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
 4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
 2 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for pan
 2 teaspoons poppy or sesame seeds

Directions

Step 1
1

In a large bowl, combine milk with yeast, sugar, and salt. Let stand 5 minutes, then add egg and beat well to combine.

Step 2
2

Add squash and shortening; mash with a fork until shortening is in small pieces. Add 1 1/2 cups flour and mix well with a wooden spoon. Gradually mix in more flour by the cupful until dough collects around spoon and pulls away from sides of bowl (you may not need all the flour).

Step 3
3

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead 2 minutes. Put dough in a greased bowl; cover with a towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Step 4
4

Preheat oven to 400° and butter a large baking sheet. Punch dough down, turn out onto a lightly floured work surface, and knead until dough is smooth and supple, about 7 minutes. Cut dough into 4 balls; cut each ball into 6 pieces.

Step 5
5

Roll each piece into a round and arrange rounds on baking sheet so they barely touch. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds; cover with plastic wrap and let rise 30 minutes.

Step 6
6

Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool, then pull apart to serve.

Step 7
7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per roll.

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