Friday, September 20, 2013

Pumpkin Ale Brioche Cinnamon Rolls - A Spiked! Recipe Challenge Creation


This is the second of my challenge entries this month.  Spiked! Recipe Challenge and Get Your Chef On are always in the same month.  This means that I'm busy as all get out in the kitchen that month.  These two with SRC and the #SundaySupper series...means I'm doing A LOT of hooring in the kitchen.  LOVE IT!

I Love it even more now that it's starting to get cooler and I can have the oven on without stripping to the bare necessities to stay cool.  Yeah.  TMI.  I know. 


S and I aren't home beer drinkers all that much.  We're not really craft beer drinkers all that much.  That being said, we did down a couple of Blue Moon's Harvest Pumpkin Ale.  I think we should have put oranges in it, but it WAS very pumpkin-y and in hind site, should have used those to bake with.  But, *shrugs*  c'est la vie!  I chose the Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale.  It was an EXCELLENT choice for these recipes.  Yup.  Made two.  Entering only one though.  The other one should already be floating around my blogosphere. 

"Entries into what?" you ask?  Why, the SPIKED! Recipe Challenge.  Julie from This Gal Cooks and Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama sponsor this event every other month.  It's an excellent way to win some ad space, meet some new bloggers, challenge yourself in the kitchen, and HAVE FUN! 

I think this is the third challenge I've participated in?  You can find my other entries, or at least inspirations floating around my blog.  Evey month I get bolder and bolder.  For some reason, I really wanted to make a brioche.  A pumpkin brioche to be exact.  It's not the full fat kind, but it is still FAN-tastic!  S said that I could make these again if I wanted to.  *snort*  That's always a good seal of approval.  *giggle* 

Brioche is pretty easy to make.  THAT I did not know.  I mean, there's not all that kneading.  It's, throw in some flour, combine some wet stuff, mix it all together, then let it set.  Yeah.  It IS that simple.  You don't want all the gluten to form for this delicate dough.

I do have a confession to make, though.  I had a fail in this recipe.  So, I'm going to share it.  I should have taken pics because it was HILarious.  I was in and out of the fridge that day.  I was making a few things.  I kept smelling the dough.  I didn't think about the first two times, but the third time it was REALLY strong.  I looked at my proofing container and it was OVERFLOWING with dough. 

Yup.  I had pumpkin ale brioche dough taking over my fridge. 

I grabbed my smaller proofing container and divided it up.  It makes about 3 one pound loaves, which is enough to make three batches of these rolls, a batch of these rolls and some pretzel buns, OR a batch of these rolls, some pretzel buns AND pumpkin pie raisin bread.  The last one I haven't made...yet.  ;)  I froze that pound of dough for later.  And I can't wait to use it!!

Here's my entry.  I hope it wins!  *crosses fingers*


Pumpkin Ale Cinnamon Rolls
Recipe by A Kitchen Hoor (@flowerfroggirl)

For Dough:
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 packets instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 2 whole eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup margarine, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/4 cup pumpkin ale (Dogfish Head Ale)
For Filling:
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
For Glaze:
  • 2 ounces low fat cream cheese (Neufchatel cheese), softened
  • 1/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine the whole wheat flour with 4 cups of the all-purpose flour in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook sprayed with cooking spray. Add the yeast, salt, wheat gluten, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground allspice, and ground cloves. Stir to combine.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin ale, egg substitute, eggs, molasses, 1/2 cup margarine and pumpkin puree.
  3. With the mixer on low, combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
  4. Slowly add remaining 1 1/2 cups of flour 1/4 cup at a time until thoroughly incorporated. The dough will be soft, but stringy.
  5. Spray a large mixing bowl sprayed with cooking spray and add the dough. Allow to rest, covered, for 2 hours. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 350.
  7. Combine the brown 1/4 cup margarine, brown sugar, 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon and nuts in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
  8. Lightly dust your work surface with unbleached, all-purpose flour. Turn the dough out and allow to deflate. Divide the dough in half. Reserve the second loaf for another use. (Can be refrigerated up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 2 weeks.)
  9. Roll the dough out to a 10 by 13 rectangle. Sprinkle with the cinnamon mixture. Roll tightly and allow to rest 5 minutes.
  10. Using dental floss or sewing thread, cut the pieces into 12 slices. Place the slices into a 9 inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Allow to rise 30 minutes.
  11. Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly brown.
  12. While the rolls are baking, prepare the glaze. Beat the cream cheese with the 1/4 cup margarine, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Allow cinnamon rolls to coll slightly before icing.


  1. oooo these look tempting! anything with pumpkin in the title catches my eye!!

    1. Ask S. He said they were yummy! And it's so easy! You should try them.

  2. Those look delicious Christie! I think I am the only person that did not use a pumpkin ale for this challenge. ;)

    1. Nah. I see a few others. S and I drank the other beers I bought and only had Pumpkin left. ;)

  3. Brioche is an excellent choice for your cinnamon rolls and I bet the pumpkin flavor takes it up a notch.

    1. Having never made brioche before, it was surprisingly easy. The pumpkin flavor really did enhance the lush dough. Thanks!

  4. Oh wow.... these look absolutely amazing! :) You all are definitely outdoing yourselves for this month's Challenge.

    Good luck in the Spiked! Fall Beers Recipe Challenge!

  5. Hello my fellow Spiked contestant! Just stopping by to check out the competition :)
    Cinnamon rolls like yours are my life. You know, besides my husband, kids, blog, etc... heehee!
    I pinned this and when I get over my fear or yeast, I'm going to make them, too :)
    Good luck!

  6. These look yummy, Christie! Thanks so much for participating in the Spiked! Challenge!

  7. Fantastic! Can't wait to try these! Thanks for sharing on Treat Tuesday!

  8. Brioche rolls are awesome!! This was such a great idea! I have proofed the bread to infinity explosion before. It happens. And that is why we have Instagram ;)

  9. These look DELICIOUS! I would love it if you'd share this recipe on my Meatless Monday Link Up. If you're interested in linking, stop over to

  10. Pretty sure I'm drooling...Thanks for sharing :) I'd love for you to come link up on my blog.

  11. My Hubs favorite beer is Blue Moon and at this moment he has a few of the Pumpkin Ales cooling in the fridge. Perhaps I should "borrow" one and try your recipe! Thank you so much for sharing at the Fluster Buster party Christie, the rolls look delicious and the walnut filling decadent, Lizy party co host!

  12. These look scrumptious even despite your little mishap :)

  13. That looks sooooo yummy! Will definitely be adding this one to my baking list this fall. Thanks for sharing, and you gained a new follower! :-)

  14. The pumpkin ale sound really interesting, and your recipe amazing :)

  15. These look so unique and since I love pumpkin, tasty. Thanks for sharing on Saturday Dishes. I hope you'll return next week when we feature tailgating recipes. Pinned!

  16. These look amazing! Thanks for linking to Saturday Dishes.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa