Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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Farmgirl Gourmet came to fruition in 2006 on a whim to keep our family in the loop on what we were doing with our 120 year old farmstead.  Each post was an apology for taking 6 months or more to write something.  Fast forward to October 2010 when I decided to make it or break it, so to speak.  It wasn’t long after I had jumped in head first that I received a note that I had been chosen to work on Emeril Lagasse’s latest cookbook “Sizzling Skillets & Other One Pot Wonders” and that I’d be working with 19 other bloggers from around the country.  We worked fast and furious together for 3 weeks making Emeril’s recipes, tweeting with him, spreading the word about his book and, well, just having a great time collaborating together.

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Then it was all over.  There was this emptiness that followed, like closing the biggest deal of your life.  You should be excited, but the phone has stopped ringing and you’re no longer elbow to elbow with your team.  That’s when it hit us.  Let’s not let it end….let’s keep it going and Virtual Potluck was born.  

You’re probably wondering why I’m going into great detail about Virtual Potluck, well this post today is dedicated to Donna Currie of Cookistry.com, who was one of the original 20 bloggers in Virtual Potluck, and has just released her first cookbook, Make Ahead Bread.  With this amazingly beautiful book, there’s no way to say “I don’t have time to make bread” anymore.  Each recipe has Day 1 and Day 2 instructions.  It’s brilliant.  To commemorate her book the Virtual Potluck crew has gotten back together to do a HUGE giveaway (see pics below).  Let’s get to the prizes: 

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- Make Ahead Bread cookbook
- Magimix 3200XL 12-Cup Food Processor in Brushed Chrome
- 9-Piece set of Duralex Mixing Bowls
- Made in the USA hardwood baker’s rolling pin from Harold Import Company
- Microplane Elite Zester, Cube Grater, and Spiral Cutter
- GIR scraper
- Coupon for a free KAF bag of flour of their choice to use at their local supermarket and a plastic scraper
- One package of Walker’s Shortbread Cookies
- Make Ahead Bread cookbook
- WÜSTHOF CLASSIC 9-inch Double Serrated Bread Knife
- 5-Piece set of Silverstone Bakeware in winner’s choice of red or blue
- Made in the USA hardwood baker’s rolling pin from Harold Import Company
- Microplane Elite Zester, Cube Grater, and Spiral Cutter
- GIR scraper
- Coupon for a free KAF bag of flour of their choice to use at their local supermarket and a plastic scraper
- One package of Walker’s Shortbread Cookies
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- Make Ahead Bread cookbook
- Rye Bread Baking Kit from King Arthur Flour
- Made in the USA hardwood baker’s rolling pin from Harold Import Company
- Microplane Elite Zester, Cube Grater, and Spiral Cutter
- GIR scraper
- Coupon for a free KAF bag of flour of their choice to use at their local supermarket and a plastic scraper
- One package of Walker’s Shortbread Cookies
- Make Ahead Bread cookbook
- Microplane Elite Zester, Cube Grater, and Spiral Cutter
- GIR scraper
- Coupon for a free KAF bag of flour of their choice to use at their local supermarket and a plastic scraper

WOW…that’s a lot of goodies!!  There will be some seriously lucky winners!  Here’s how you enter:

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I chose to make Cinnamon Swirl Bread from Donna’s book as I am a huge fan of it with a big slather of butter!  Me and bread are BFF’s forever.  This bread was super easy to make.  I started it one night after work, then the next day popped it in the oven.  So easy – and amazingly delicious.  Make sure you check out Donna’s blog for the full list of Virtual Potluckers who made recipes from her book – HERE.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Ingredients

    For the Dough
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour, plus more as needed
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • For the Filling
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 graham crackers, crushed into crumbs (optional)
  • Nonstick Cooking Spray

Instructions

    ON PREP DAY
  1. Combine all of the dough ingredients and knead by hand (mix first in a large bowl, then turn out and knead) or in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment until the dough is elastic.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour in a warm place.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the filling ingredients in a small bowl. Spray two 8x4-inch loaf pans with cooking spray.
  4. Divide the dough in half. Working with one half at a time, on a floured surface, pat the dough into a rough square, then use a rolling pin to roll the dough to a rectangle about 8 x 16 inches.
  5. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon filling onto the dough rectangle, leaving about an inch uncovered on one of the short sides. Use the rolling pin to lightly press the mixture into the dough. Starting at the short side opposite the uncovered end, roll the dough, jellyroll style. When you reach the opposite side, pinch the dough to seal the seam, then pinch the ends of the roll closed as well. Place the finished dough in one of the prepared baking pans, seam side down. Cover with plastic wrap or place in a large bag and tie the end closed.
  6. Prepare the second half of the dough in the same way.
  7. Cover the pans with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours.
  8. ON BAKING DAY
  9. Remove the pans from the refrigerator and heat the oven to 350º F.
  10. Remove the plastic wrap from the pans and bake the loaves until they are nicely browned and the internal temperature reads 190º F, on an instant-read thermometer (about 35-45 min); make sure you test in the dough and not in the filling. Turn out the bread from the pans and let cool on a rack before slicing.
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Donna’s Book, Make Ahead Bread, is available for sale on Amazon. If you’d like an autographed copy, you can order one from Barbed Wire Books.

You can find Donna on her blog, Cookistry, or on Facebook and Twitter.

For the giveaway, we’d like to thank our sponsors who generously offered some fantastic prizes:

In addition to supplying items for the giveaway, a special thanks to Taunton Press, Silverstone, Microplane and WÜSTHOF for supplying products for all the bloggers to work with.

Do you want to know more about the sponsors? You can find them on their websites and social media, here:

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Harold Import Company on Twitter and Facebook.
Microplane on Twitter and Facebook.
King Arthur Flour on Twitter and Facebook.
Walker’s Shortbread on Facebook.

56 Comments

  • Reply
    Learning2Hear
    December 20, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    My favorite bread is sourdough. Thanks for a chance to win!!

  • Reply
    Sherry Fernandez
    December 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I love Cinnamon Bread but will add raisins! Banana Nut Bread is neck and neck!

  • Reply
    Jan A
    December 17, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I love so many different breads, but one of my most favorites is cinnamon raisin bread!

  • Reply
    Theresa Fischer
    December 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Sourdough bread.

  • Reply
    Angela P
    December 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I like making no knead bread.

  • Reply
    PlumGaga
    December 15, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I’ve been making foccacia for months.

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    Pamela Baker
    December 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Banana nut bread is my favorite.

  • Reply
    delia
    December 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    yum!

  • Reply
    Phall0106
    December 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    My favorite bread is French Bread. It’s so versatile. I can use it for nearly anything. Mostly though I just eat it with butter. Butter is good.

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    Georgiana F
    December 4, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Banana Bread

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    T.R.
    December 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I love a good soft warm bread with real butter. There is french bistro here that makes the BEST french bread with real creamy butter.

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie
    December 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I love fresh French bread!

  • Reply
    Susan Rea
    December 3, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Love honey wheat bread & your cinnamon swirl!

  • Reply
    nadya kotik
    December 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    i love frozen Ezekiel bread

  • Reply
    betty n
    December 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Pumpernickel is my favorite type of bread.

  • Reply
    Michelle Mindt Myers
    December 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I love any homemade bread. It tastes so much better than what you buy at the store!

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    Laura K
    December 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    my favorite bread is rye; but I’ve never tried to make it at home. long long ago I worked in a bakery called the Bread Basket and I made many loaves of bread and dozens of donuts, but since then I really don’t make bread at home, but I should, and if I win, I will 🙂

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    Jessie
    December 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I like pumpernickle. Who am I, right?

  • Reply
    gundam5388
    December 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Mexican style pan frances. It’s crunchy on the outside like a baguette but inside it’s very soft and tender.

  • Reply
    Sonya Parks
    December 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I love potato bread 🙂

  • Reply
    Carrie
    December 3, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    My Grandma’s banana bread. 🙂

  • Reply
    olivia tokarz
    December 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    No knead bread. It’s super simple to whip up and is delish!!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Carissa Duran
    December 3, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I absolutely would love to try this! My favorite bread is banana chocolate chip bread!

  • Reply
    skittlesofdoom
    December 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

    This looks delicious

  • Reply
    Jana Jackson
    December 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Cinnamon Rolls are my favorite!

  • Reply
    Gwen
    December 3, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I could really go for some cinnamon bread with my coffee right now!!

  • Reply
    Misty O'Brien
    December 3, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I love making Amish white bread 🙂

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    Lanae T.
    December 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I found a recipe years back for Australian Damper bread. Has become one of our family favorites. I did recently find a recipe for Sheepherder’s Bread. Between the two, I’m not sure which bread I like better.

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    Kenny
    December 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

    My friend makes a tasty jalapeño & cheese bread.

  • Reply
    Susan Tuma
    December 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Sourdough!

  • Reply
    Bianca Andrea
    December 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

    love zucchini bread

  • Reply
    Racheal
    December 3, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Jalapeno Cheese bread is my favorite of all time!

  • Reply
    emma
    December 3, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Bread! ALL bread!! Yummmm!

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    David Bell
    December 3, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Cinnamon raisin bread

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    monica desmarais
    December 3, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Sweet hawaiian bread….made into french toast!

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    Jen O'Brien
    December 3, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I make a cranberry orange bread and that’s my all-around favorite. I let it get stale and make french toast with it. Yum!

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    Dawn
    December 3, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I love making fresh bread for the family and having that smell fill the house!!!

  • Reply
    Ray Clothier
    December 3, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Sourdough is my favorite.

  • Reply
    Michelle Thayer
    December 3, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I love zucchini bread!!

  • Reply
    Carrie @ poet in the pantry
    December 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I am a bread-a-holic! My favorite is this Irish wheat bread that I make with caraway seeds and raisins. Yum!

  • Reply
    Julie Rodriguez
    December 3, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Cinnamon Raisin bread! Toast it up with a ton of butter. Heaven.

  • Reply
    lyn m
    December 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Love the the whole wheat roasted banana bread I make, this cinnamon bread looks delish I will have to try it.

  • Reply
    Julie Traylor Murphy
    December 3, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Beer bread

  • Reply
    Pauline Gudas
    December 3, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I love Anadama bread

  • Reply
    Caitlin Griffiths
    December 3, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Sourdough! I could eat it all day everyday! However this cinnamon swirl bread looks absolutely amazing, and will be being made my next free weekend!

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    heather
    December 3, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Wow, what a delicious looking loaf of bread and a fun giveaway too!

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    sara
    December 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I just popped sourdough out of the oven but we also love rosemary foccacia.

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    Jara
    December 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    looks fantastic! love cinnamon!

  • Reply
    Dee Fedor
    December 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Garlic bread is my favorite.

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    Heather Lawrence
    December 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Sourdough is my absolute favorite but making the perfect treat has been elusive. I’m on the hunt!

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    pattipanuccio
    December 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

    my favorite bread is semolina with sesame seeds

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    Shelby | Diabetic Foodie
    December 1, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I almost made this for breakfast for my Thanksgiving houseguests, but decided to go with the Nutella Swirls instead. This recipe is definitely on my list to try.

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    Kathryn Louise
    December 1, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Cinnamon is my favorite bread of all time

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    30AEATS.com (@EATER30A)
    December 1, 2014 at 7:57 am

    So great to work with you again Spice Girl! As always your photos are drool worthy and story post so inviting! Have a great holiday season and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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