Pumpkin Shaped Protein Dinner Rolls

Close up of Pounamu Protein pumpkin shaped golden dinner rolls

Pumpkin Shaped Protein Dinner Rolls 

We are officially into fall, and you know what that means - pumpkins everywhere! Even our bread rolls are starting to resemble the season. These bread rolls are a fun twist on the traditional bread roll for the fall season and go with any meal! We served them with our protein chicken soup

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
Rising time: 2 - 21/2 hours 
Servings: 12 rolls


  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant or active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoon honey or granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or other neutral-flavored oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup Pounamu Protein Whey Isolate 
  • 3 cups all-purpose or bread flour
  • Kitchen string
  • 1 egg
  • Cinnamon sticks
All ingredients pictured from the ingredients list


  1. Either in a stand mixer with a dough hook or a large bowl by hand, mix in warm water (water should be very warm to the touch, but not hot), yeast, honey, oil, salt, Natural Whey Isolate Pounamu Protein and 1 cup of flour.
  2. Begin mixing either with a wooden spoon or on a stand mixer.
  3. Gradually add more flour until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  4. Begin kneading dough. 4-5 minutes for a stand mixer, 7-9 minutes by hand.
  5. After a few minutes of kneading, check your dough. It should be soft and smooth, but also a little sticky. Grab a piece and roll it in your hand; if you can roll it into a ball in your hand (with a little residue), you're good to go. If it gets all over your hands and is very sticky, gradually add more flour and continue kneading.
  6. Place the dough in a pre-greased bowl and set aside for 1 - 2 hours with a damp tea towel over the top. Let the dough double in size.
  7. While waiting, cut the kitchen string into 4 dozen 8-10 inch strands and place them in a bowl. Toss strings with oil to coat and set aside.
  8. Once ready, lightly punch the dough down and place it onto a floured surface, divide it into 12 pieces, and form into round balls.
  9. Place four pieces of string on your work surface crossing in the middle and creating a star formation. All of the strings should be evenly spaced out.
  10. Place a roll top side down onto the star's center and tie the strings together in the center of the roll. Cut the excess string off with scissors.
  11. Place the roll on your prepared baking sheet knot side down and repeat for all of the rolls.
  12. Cover and let rise for an additional 30 minutes.
  13. Preheat the oven to 367 degrees.
  14. Create an egg wash by cracking one egg and adding a splash of milk to a bowl and whisk. Brush each roll with egg wash.
  15. Bake for about 20 -25 minutes until they are golden brown. Let cool.
  16. Once cooled, cut off strings and carefully peel them back.
  17. Break a cinnamon stick into quarters (best you can!) and place them into the center of the pumpkin as its stem.
  18. Brush some melted butter over the top and enjoy!
Golden pumpkin shaped dinner rolls with a container of Pounamu Protein Whey Isolate