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Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

With my cranberry sauce stowed in the refrigerator already, I got to thinking about bread for Thanksgiving. I usually don't make bread for Thanksgiving because there's so many other things going on. However, I came across this on KAF about freezing the dough and then defrosting, baking the rolls. It got me to searching for a good roll recipe.  Sweet Potato Dinner rolls seemed to fit the bill.

Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls (Adapted from Handle the Heat)

1 medium sweet potato (about 8-10 oz)
1 c buttermilk
4 T butter, melted
2 eggs
2T honey
2 1/2 t yeast
1 t salt
4 - 5 c bread flour

 1 egg
coarse salt

Pierce sweet potato with a fork and microwave for at least 4 minutes. A knife should slide in easily. Slice in half and let cool.

Press the sweet potato through a ricer or mash until there are no lumps. Add honey to buttermilk and stir. Add to sweet potato. Add butter, eggs, and salt. Mix. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until well. Switch to dough hook and add additional flour. Mix until dough is soft and slightly tacky. Cut dough into 15 equal pieces. Roll into a ball. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan. Cover and freeze until dough is totally frozen.

All frozen and waiting to jump in the bag
Remove from sheet pan and place in bag. Seal well. Remove from freezer and space out in a greased 13x9 pan. Let defrost for 4-5 hours at room temperature until risen. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

I had a slight mishap with my rolls. I think I put less yeast in. I got distracted during the process. The yeast is slightly more than what you find in a yeast packet. (I buy my yeast in bulk so I just measure it out of the container). You need to increase the yeast a little because of the freezing. There's a higher chance that some of the yeast might die off in the freezing process. All in all - either I measured correctly or not a lot of yeast died? I got a nice rise out of these rolls. They are so nice and tender because of the sweet potatoes. This recipe is definitely a keeper. I will definitely be doing this freezing roll thing again! It was easy. We'll see what everyone thinks about them on Thanksgiving.


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