Fall Harvest Squash Rolls

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Photo Credit: 

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Ingredients

4 tablespoons active dry yeast

1 cup lukewarm (105° to 115°F) water

1-1/3 cups vegetable shortening

1 cup sugar

4 eggs

2 cups cooked and mashed winter squash

2 cups warm milk

8 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
2 teaspoons salt

Instructions

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Set aside until foamy.

In a bowl, cream shortening with sugar. Beat in eggs. Add squash and mix until blended. Add warm milk and yeast mixture. Slowly add flour and salt. Continue to mix until dough pulls away from side of bowl. Add flour as needed to make a soft dough, being careful not to add too much. Let dough rise, covered, until doubled in size. Punch down, cover, then let rise again until doubled.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease two 9-inch cake pans.

Divide dough into four equal pieces, then divide each quarter into 12 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball.

Place balls in single layer, touching, in prepared pans. Cover and let rise until doubled. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from pans and set aside to cool.

Yield: 

Makes 4 dozen rolls.

Credit: 

Donna Kimball, Beech Hill Farm, Hopkinton, New Hampshire

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