We’ve been working hard for you the past couple weeks, and I think you’ll be proud of us! After original struggles to make variations of our ever so popular egg twist bread, we finally tried something new. A pumpkin flavor. And not only that, but with loads of cinnamon and sugar on top! And boy, do I mean LOADS.
Just take a look at these beauties. Cinnamon Crunch Pumpkin Knots. Wouldn’t they make such a delicous Thanksgiving breakfast?
This incredibly soft and sugary pumpkin bread was partly a remix of our egg twist bread, and partly inspiration from Half Baked Harvest. Her cinnamon crunch braided bread caught my eye immediately on Pinterest. It’s really on wonder. With a name like “cinnamon crunch”, you know it has to be good. In this recipe, Tieghan shares how to make a cinnamon crunch topping for her bread. With pumpkin on the brain, I knew I had to use her technique to create something special for fall. And create we did. We had to make this recipe three times to make it just right- the texture and taste just had to be perfect. All just for you. 🙂
What we did was quite simple. We took the pumpkin bread dough that is infused with vanilla, pumpkin spice and cinnamon split it into 14 balls. We rolled out each one into a rope and carefully tied each one into a knot. Here comes the fun part: Dip that knot into melted butter and then roll it in a cinnamon-brown sugar-pumpkin spice mixture. After they are all covered in sugary goodness, you can sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar mixture on top, and there’s a streusel to give it one more cinnamon sugary boost. Whew! That’s alot of sugar, right?
I’d like to point out that these Cinnamon Crunch Pumpkin Knots are egg free. So guess what? If you love pumpkin and can’t eat eggs, then you’re in luck! I think it’s an advantage that pumpkin is such a good substitute for eggs, so whenever we make a pumpkin version of something, we try to not add eggs. It works great! This bread is still the same fluffy, soft wonderful bread without the eggs. And I am in love with it.
We put pecans on the top of some of our pumpkin knots, so it you’d like to do the same, go right ahead. If you don’t prefer nuts, then you can always skip on that part. I honestly don’t like nuts on everything, but I’m beginning to like them more and more. Just maybe not on my pumpkin bread, yet!
Oh my goodness…when you bite into that cinnamon crunch, you guys. I don’t even care how much sugar is on these Cinnamon Crunch Pumpkin Knots, and you shouldn’t, either. It’s fall, after all! Celebrate fall by eating some great pumpkin recipes this year!
Pumpkin gives this pastry a soft, mild flavor and pretty golden color. You'll love the buttery, cinnamon sugar crunch that covers the outside!
17 minCook Time
17 minTotal Time
- 1 cup warm milk
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 package Red Star yeast
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
- 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Cinnamon Crunch Topping:
- 1 tablespoon cold butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Warm the milk in a bowl in the microwave for just about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until it is warm. Add in the sugar and salt, then stir the mixture. Allow it to sit until it is warm, but not too hot (if you have a thermometer, it should measure about 105-110 degrees in order to proof active dry yeast). Add 1 package of yeast right to this milk. Allow the yeast to proof for about 5 minutes. It should get nice and frothy.
- Add the softened (almost melted) butter, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir this well until it is all blended together.
- Gradually add in the flour,1 cup at a time. Add in the last 1/2 a cup and start to knead the dough with your hands until the last 1/2 cup of flour is incorporated in. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and continue to knead the bread for about 7 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Add a bit more flour as you need to during kneading. The dough should still feel sticky, but it will not stick to your hands.
- Place this dough in a greased bowl and cover it. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place until it has doubled, about 1 hour.
- Split the dough into 14 balls. Roll each ball into about an 8" "rope", then make a knot in the rope. Repeat this with all of the dough balls.
- Melt one stick of butter in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon for coating the pumpkin knots.
- Take each pumpkin knot, dip them in the butter, then cover them in the cinnamon sugar mixture. All sides of the pumpkin knot should be coated in cinnamon and sugar.
- Place the pumpkin knots on a non-stick baking mat or a pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and allow them to rise in a cool place for 20-30 minutes.
- While the knots are rising the second time, prepare the cinnamon crunch topping. In a small bowl, mix together the cold butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans until crumbly.
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Before baking, sprinkle the cinnamon crunch mixture on the tops of the pumpkin knots.
- Bake, uncovered, for 15-17 minutes, or until they are cooked through and lightly browned.
If you have a bread maker, you can prepare the dough in the bread maker on the dough setting and then remove it, form the knots, and bake in the oven.
If you have a stand mixer, you can use the dough hook to knead the bread for 5-7 minutes using the mixer.