Fall is in the air and you know what that means: It’s pumpkin spice season! This easy and delicious Pumpkin Spice Bread Twist recipe is actually made with frozen dough. And although it looks complicated, this beautiful bread twist is super simple to make at home. Learn how to wow your family and friends with a lovely and yummy “homemade” bread wreath.Jump to Recipe
Most of you know that I value ease, as well as taste, when it comes to food. I love time saving measures, as long as they yield amazing results. When taking that first bite, what matters is the taste, not the process.
Using Frozen Dough for Easy Prep
So, when Bridgford Foods reached out to me about creating a fall recipe, I couldn’t wait to get to work. After all, I already use and love their products!
As a reminder, I used Bridgford’s Parkerhouse Style Rolls last year to create a Christmas bread and Camembert cheese wreath that I served throughout December.
Then I made a St. Patrick’s Day Four Leaf Clover with them.
I rely on Bridgford Food’s Ready-Dough and rolls throughout the year. Whether it’s a few rolls for dinner, dough for donuts or pizza, or making monkey bread – their products deliver.
Bridgford does the prep, with quality non-GMO ingredients, so you don’t have to.
Their Ready-Dough is easy and so versatile! Just thaw, create, bake, and serve. It is that effortless. You’re free to focus is on creating something tasty and beautiful. It’s what is used for the Pumpkin Spice Bread Twist.
When meal planning for the holidays, I focus on the most important aspects of the meal. Usually that means starting with a stunning appetizer and ending with a dazzling dessert.
Why? Well, the most memorable aspects of celebratory meals are what you see first and what you eat last. After all, dessert is sacred.
What’s a Pumpkin Spice Bread Twist Wreath?
Formed in the shape of a festive wreath, the first thing you notice about this Pumpkin Spice Bread is how impressively beautiful it is. Not only is it pretty to look at, this bread twist is super delicious, too! It has that rich, spicy, bold pumpkin spice flavor you crave, baked into flaky and tender rolls of sweet bread.
So how do you make this unique and tasty design? This recipe comes with a few “twists” of its own…
- Firstly, while it looks complicated with the layers of dough and spices, it’s actually really easy to make a bread twist wreath. The dough is rolled up, jelly-roll style, and then cut down the middle. It’s the cut side that you see creating the twisted layers.
- The other twist is how easily you can customize a bread twist wreath recipe. Need something savory as an appetizer? No problem! Just use pesto as the filling. Not a fan of pumpkin spice? Swap out cinnamon for a classic Cinnamon Bread Twist. Add your favorite glaze with chopped nuts on top, or leave off the nuts. It’s completely up to you how you serve this bread twist.
Psst…I’ve included the directions for making an easy Pesto Parmesan Bread Twist in the recipe at the bottom of this post!
What Ingredients are in this Pumpkin Spice Bread Twist Recipe
Most importantly, you’ll need a bag of Bridgford’s Ready-Dough to make an easy bread wreath. There are three frozen loaves in each bag, but you’ll just need one. (Try making this Easy Overnight French Toast Casserole with the remaining loaves!)
Here are the other ingredients needed to make a marvelous Pumpkin Spice bread twist:
- Granulated sugar
- Pumpkin spice
- Confectioners sugar
- Almond extract
If you don’t have almond extract you can sub for vanilla extract.
How to Make an Easy Pumpkin Spice Bread Twist
This bread wreath recipe is perfect for adapting with your favorite flavors! Here’s how I make it with pumpkin spice and cinnamon for a tasty fall treat…
First, take out one frozen loaf of bread and allow to thaw completely.
Once the Ready-Dough is thawed, place it on a floured surface, silpat or parchment sheet, and roll until you have a rectangle of about 12″ by 18.”
Next, spread softened butter on the dough with a pastry brush, leaving 1/2″ margins around it.
Sprinkle the granulated sugar and pumpkin spice evenly over it. Firmly roll dough up, length-wise.
Then carefully roll the dough roll over. Using a very sharp knife, cut the dough down the middle lightly (as shown below).
TFN Tip: I found that a serrated knife sprayed with a little cooking oil made the cutting process much easier.
Twist the two sides, cut side out. This is what gives the dough the layered appearance. Bring the ends around together, and lightly pinch the ends to form a bread twist wreath.
Spray the wreath lightly with cooking oil, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 45 minutes. The bread twist will look puffy, but not quite doubled in size.
Towards the end of the rising process, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Once ready to bake, brush the bread twist with an egg wash.
See the Complete Pumpkin Spice Bread Twist Wreath Recipe Below!
Bake for 20 minutes, until lightly golden and the middle tests 200 degrees in temperature. Let the bread twist wreath cool completely while you make the glaze. After the Pumpkin Spice Bread Twist has cooled, drizzle on the glaze and serve!
Then, get ready for the accolades. Everyone will love this bread twist!
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely. Using frozen Ready-Dough just makes the process quicker and easier. If you prefer making your bread dough from scratch, I have a recipe for homemade bread.
If your dough gets too soft to cut, it’s probably got too warm. Spray your dough roll with cooking oil, cover with plastic wrap or foil, and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes or until the dough had “firmed” up.
Yes, you can.
You can use cinnamon or nutmeg, whatever your preference is.
Get the Pumpkin Spice Bread Wreath Recipe Here:
Pumpkin Spice Bread Twist
Customize this easy Bread Twist Wreath recipe by changing the filling. Your favorite spices, like cinnamon, will work in place of pumpkin pie spice. For a savory version of this bread twist, see notes at the end.
- 1 lb Bridgford Ready-Dough (thaw according to package)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 3 Tbsp butter, room temperature
- 1/2 tsp almond extract (can substitute with vanilla extract)
Let dough thaw, following instructions on bag. On a silpat, sheet of parchment paper, or floured surface, roll out the dough into the shape of a rectangle, about 18" x 12." Dough will be about 1/2 inch thick.
Using a pastry brush, spread the melted butter on the dough, leaving a 1/2" margin around the edges. Mix the granulated sugar and spices in a small bowl with a fork. Sprinkle evenly over the butter. If needed, use the back of a spoon or spatula to level out the sugar mixture.
Roll up the dough, length-wise. Use a sharp knife or bench scraped to cut the dough length-wise in half. Lay the halves cut side up. Pinch top of the loaves at the top and twist them together with the cut side facing up. This is what gives the twist the look of layers. Shape the dough into a round wreath and place on a large cookie sheet.
Spray the top of the bread twist with cooking spray and lightly cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm, draft-free area for about 45 minutes. It should look puffy but not quite doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush on egg wash. When the oven is ready, bake the bread twist for 20 minutes or until the middle is 200 degrees.
Let bread twist cool for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, make the glaze: Mix together the confectioners sugar, butter, and extract until smooth. Using a large spoon drizzle the glaze over the cooled bread twist.
To make a Pesto Parmesan Bread Twist wreath:
Substitute 4 oz of prepared pesto and 4 oz grated parmesan cheese for butter, sugar, and spices. Follow step #1, but at step #2: brush on pesto with a pastry brush. Evenly sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
Follow steps #3 through #5. After removing from oven, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with gourmet salt flakes.
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