Pumpkin Spice Bread Twist

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The holiday season has begun! And, I couldn’t be happier about it. I’m celebrating by kicking off the countdown to Thanksgiving with a fun, new recipe. It’s this beautiful and easy Pumpkin Spice Bread Twist.

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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.

So, when Bridgford Foods reached out to me about creating a Thanksgiving 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.

bread wreath

Then I made a St. Patrick’s Day Four Leaf Clover with them.

bread wreath

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.

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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? The most memorable aspects of celebratory meals are what you see first and what you eat last. After all, dessert is sacred.

Well, this bread twist recipe comes with a few twists of its own. The first is that while it looks complicated with the layers of dough and spices, it’s really easy to make. 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.

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The other twist is how easily you can customize the bread twist. Need something savory as an appetizer? No problem, just use pesto as the filling. Not a fan of pumpkin spice? Swap out cinnamon for it. 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.

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Let’s get started making a beautiful bread twist of your own!

You’ll need a bag of Bridgford’s Ready-Dough. There’s three frozen loaves in each bag. Take out one and follow the directions for thawing.

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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.”

Spread softened butter on the dough with a pastry brush, leaving 1/2″ margins around it.

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Sprinkle sugar and pumpkin spice evenly over it. Firmly roll dough up, length-wise.

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Roll the dough roll over. Using a very sharp knife or bench scraper, cut the dough down the middle lightly (as shown below).

Twist the two sides, cut side out. This is what gives the dough the layered appearance.

Spray 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.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush bread twist with egg.

Bake for 20 minutes, until lightly golden and the middle tests 200 degrees in temperature. Let cool, then add glaze.

I’ve included the directions for making a Pesto Parmesan Bread Twist in the recipe.

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Pesto Parmesean Bread Twist

Then, get ready for the accolades. Everyone will love this bread twist!

Pumpkin Spice Bread Twist

Customize this recipe by changing the filling. Your favorite spice, 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
  • 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)


  1. 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.

  2. Using a pastry brush, spread the butter on the dough leaving a 1/2" margin around the edges. Mix the 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Let bread twist cool for at least 30 minutes. Mix together the confectioners sugar, butter, and extract until smooth. Using a large spoon drizzle the glaze over the bread twist.

Recipe Notes


To make a Pesto Parmesan Bread twist:

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.

This post was sponsored by Bridgford Foods. All views are my own and based on my own personal experience using Bridgford’s products.

Get your discount coupon for Bridgford’s frozen dough here. You can find Bridgford Frozen Bread & Rolls at a retailer near you here.

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