Cinnamon Swirl Bread


Cinnamon Swirl Bread |

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.


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, 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
Grand Prize9 More Winners Get
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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


    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


  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.
  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.

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:

Taunton on Twitter and Facebook.
Magimix on Twitter and Facebook.
WÜSTHOF on Twitter and Facebook.
Silverstone would like you to follow Pots and Pans on Twitter and Facebook.
Duralex on Twitter and Facebook.
GIR on Twitter and Facebook.
Harold Import Company on Twitter and Facebook.
Microplane on Twitter and Facebook.
King Arthur Flour on Twitter and Facebook.
Walker’s Shortbread on Facebook.

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New Orleans Shrimp Melt + Last Day to Enter to Win a Cookbook

Emerils New Orleans Shrimp Melt 2

Can you believe it’s been 3 weeks since we started the #SeriousSandwich blogalong for Emeril’s latest book Kicked-Up Sandwiches?  It’s flown by, just like it did last year when I promo’d his book Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders.  It’s been a fun ride and I’m sad that it’s coming to an end tomorrow.  There’s still time to enter to win his cookbook.  The giveaway ends tonight (Wednesday 10-24) at 9 pm PST.  So head over to the Eggplant Muffuletta post today!

Yesterday I made the New Orleans Shrimp Melt from the Kicked-Up Sandiwches cookbookfor lunch.  I changed it around a little as I had made the Pumpernickel bread, also from the book, and it is too good to not eat for every meal.  The recipe in the book calls for brioche or Challah, which I am sure would be incredible as well.  The Pumpernickel added a sweet nutty flavor to the already outstanding shrimp salad.  Melt cheese on top and BAM…party in your mouth.  Here’s the link to Emeril’s Pumpernickel Bread recipe on his website.  It’s easy to make and so delish.  I have been eating it every morning toasted with a slather of butter.  Heaven!  The shrimp melt recipe has not been published so I am unable to provide it for you.  But if you win the cookbook (or buy it), I suggest making it first.  It’s easy and so good.

A little recap of the deliciousness from Emeril’s book:

Eggplant Muffuletta Recipe – Click Image to See Post
Emeril’s Sopressata Calzone Recipe – Click Image to See Post
Emeril’s Chocolate Wafers with Peanut Butter Fudge – Click Image to See Post
Emeril’s Egg Salad Supreme Recipe – Click Image to See Post
Emeril’s Lamb Pita Sandwich with Harissa & Mint Yogurt – Click Image to See Post

Check out the full list of bloggers who were a part of Emeril’s #SeriousSandwich blogalong.  They are a great group of foodies and it was an honor to participate in this event with them for the past 3 weeks.

Emeril’s #SeriousSandwich Bloggers

Foodhunters Guide


Mangos & Chutney

Between Slices

Kwistin’s Favorites

Peanut Butter & Peppers

Poet in the Pantry

Family Foodie

My Royal Kitchen

A Cook & Her Books

The Firehouse Chef

Solid Gold Eats


My Cup of Creativitea

Rhubarb and Honey

Chef R3llik

Pages Stuck Together

Cooking in Stilettos

Mario Cooks

Maroc Mama


Thanks for reading and don’t forget to enter to win the cookbook HERE!!

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Eggplant Muffuletta & A Cookbook @Giveaway – #SeriousSandwich


I’m not a huge eggplant fan, but hey, you might be!  So I’m sharing Emeril’s recipe for Eggplant Muffuletta.  I’ve heard through the grapevine that the eggplant lovers give it 2 thumbs up!  BAM!

I have definitely enjoyed cooking out of Emeril’s new cookbook (it just came out last Tuesday) and I bet you’d love to have 352 pages of sanwichy deliciousness, so what do you say?  Should I give away a copy?  Ok, duh, of course I’m going to give it away.  Emeril wants me to.

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CONTEST HAS ENDED!  See who won: here

Let’s make some muffuletta!!


Yield: 4 Sandwiches

This is no ordinary muffuletta. Made with oven-roasted eggplant slices instead of salami, a homemade New Orleans–style olive salad, and a fresh basil spread, this muffuletta tastes so good you’ll never even miss the meat! If you aren’t up to making the olive salad yourself, it’ll still be enjoyable with one from the store.


  • 2 medium eggplants (about 1K pounds), trimmed and cut into K-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 loaf seeded Italian bread
  • Basil Spread (page 318)
  • 2 cups New Orleans–Style Olive Salad (recipe follows)
  • 4 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces sliced provolone cheese


  1. Position an oven rack as close to the broiler unit as possible, and preheat the broiler.
  2. Arrange the eggplant slices in a single layer on two lightly greased baking sheets. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush both sides of the slices with the olive oil. Season both sides with the salt and pepper. Broil the eggplant, in batches, until the slices are tender and lightly browned and have released most of their moisture, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and keep warm.
  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and move the oven rack to the center position.
  4. When you are ready to assemble the sandwiches, slice the loaf of bread in half horizontally. Using a pastry brush, spread the bottom half with a generous amount of Basil Spread.
  5. Spread the olive salad (with its olive oil—do not strain) over the top half of the loaf. Layer the sliced mozzarella and provolone on top of the olive salad, and then layer the slices of eggplant. Place the bottom half of the sandwich on top and lightly press. Quickly and carefully turn the loaf over so that the olive salad side is on top.
  6. Place the muffuletta on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake until the cheese has melted, the muffuletta is heated through, and the bread is slightly crisp, about 12 minutes.
  7. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and carefully transfer the loaf to a cutting board. Press lightly, and cut the loaf into 4 sections. Serve immediately.
  8. Basil Spread:
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  10. 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  11. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  12. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  13. In a food processor or blender, process the garlic and basil on high speed while adding the olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Continue to process until well blended. Season with the salt. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
  14. New Orleans-Style Olive Salad:
  15. 1 quart large pimento-stuffed green olives, drained & rough chopped
  16. 1 1/2 cups large Greek black olives, drained, pitted and halved
  17. 1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  18. 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  19. 1 cup pickled cauliflower, drained
  20. 3 to 4 ribs celery, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  21. 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  22. 1/2 cup pepperoncini, drained & halved
  23. 1/3 cup cocktail onions, drained
  24. 1/4 cup nonpareil capers, drained
  25. 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  26. 2 teaspoons Emeril's Original Essence or Creole Seasoning
  27. 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  28. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  29. 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  30. 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  31. Combine all ingredients in a large nonreactive bowl and mix well. Place in a large nonreactive jar (preferably glass) and store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator. The salad should be made 24 hours before using and only improves with age. You can keep it for up to 2 months in the refrigerator

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New Blog Design + @Emeril Sopressata Calzone Recipe – #SeriousSandwich

Emeril's Sopressata Calzone Recipe - Click Image to See Post

Today marks 6 years that Farmgirl Gourmet has been around in the blogosphere.  Can you believe it?  4 of those years were spent as the “if I remember to do it” website, but the last 2 have been a whirwind of posts, working with brands like Emeril Lagasse and others and just the most amazing rollercoaster ride ever.  I hope I never have to get off of it.  Updating my blog from Blogger to WordPress was a decision I made over a year ago.  Being the control freak that I am, I wanted to do it all myself.  Therefore…a year and a half later, here we are.  It’s not completely perfect yet, but I didn’t want to wait a second longer.  Here’s a little stroll through the past iterations of Farmgirl Gourmet via Way Back Machine.  Such a cool tool if you want to see how websites have improved over the years.

I hope you enjoy the more visually new and improved Farmgirl Gourmet.  Let’s go make some of Emeril’s tasty calzones?  Shall we?

Today is the day!!  Yes, it’s my blogiversary, but it’s also the day that Emeril’s new book Kicked-Up Sandwiches hits the bookshelf!  CONGRATS EMERIL!  This is a great book filled with every kind of sandwich you can imagine.  Each one has tantalized our taste buds with deliciousness.  Especially those peanut butter cookies.  OH BABE!  I will be starting a giveaway for the book on Saturday, so don’t go buy it just yet.  Well, unless you can’t wait….I can’t blame you.  It’s delicious!  Just like this calzone recipe.  I am a sucker for a good calzone and Emerils recipe hits the nail on the head.   Thanks to Emeril and the folks at Morrow Cooks for allowing us to publish a few of the recipes before the book is released.  Speaking of that, if you’d like to preorder/order online click here or here.  Stay tuned for my book giveaway!  Alright, I’m hungry, how about you?

Sopressata and Genoa Salami Calzones

Yield: 4 Calzones

I love this calzone with a variety of salami, but this is a recipe where you can safely go in many directions. Change up the cheese, use roasted red peppers or sautéed mushrooms instead of the meat, add Roasted Garlic (page 79) . . . I could go on and on. And you don’t have to eat them right out of the oven, either—they travel well, so pack your picnic basket! 1 recipe Semolina Pizza Dough (page 298)


    For Calzones:
  • 1 cup Quick Tomato Sauce for Calzones (recipe follows) or your favorite jarred pizza/pasta sauce
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 8 ounces mixed sopressata, hot sopressata, Genoa salami, and/or pepperoni, chopped
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese, drained
  • 8 ounces smoked mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Flour or cornmeal, for dusting the pizza peel
  • Quick Tomato Sauce for Calzones:
  • 1 3/4 c ups
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • One 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and pureed
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Place a pizza stone in the bottom third of the oven and preheat the oven to 500°F. (Alternatively, place an upside-down rimmed baking sheet on the rack in your oven.)
  2. Halve one of the pieces of dough and roll it out on a lightly floured work surface to form two 8-inch rounds. Spread ¼ cup of the tomato sauce over the bottom half of each round, leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle ¼ cup of the basil and one-quarter of the cured meats evenly over each portion of sauce. Sprinkle one-quarter of the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, and crushed red pepper over each portion of meat. Gently fold the top half of the dough over the filling, rolling and pressing the edges together with your fingertips to seal them, and crimping as you go along. Make 2 more calzones with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Depending on the size of your oven, you may be able to bake only 2 calzones at a time. Cut several small slits in the top of each calzone to allow air to escape while baking, and transfer the calzones to a pizza peel that has been lightly dusted with flour or cornmeal (to facilitate moving the dough). Tilt the pizza peel to slide the calzones onto the preheated baking stone. Bake for 16 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the dough is cooked through. Remove the calzones from the oven with the pizza peel or a spatula, and serve immediately or at room temperature.
  4. Quick Tomato Sauce:
  5. Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for 3 minutes, until soft. Add the tomatoes, thyme sprig, salt, and pepper, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the extra-virgin olive oil, discard the thyme sprig, and set aside until ready to use.

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#SeriousSandwich – Lamb Pita Sandwich with Harissa & Mint Yogurt


If you’ve been with me for a while, you may remember that a year ago I was reviewing Chef Emeril Lagasse’s book Sizzling Skillets and Other One Pot Wonders.  It was 3 incredibly fun and tasty weeks with 19 other foodies from around the country.  Well, I saw that Morrow Books had put out the word that they were looking for bloggers to do this event again for Emeril’s newest book “Kicked-Up Sandwiches: Stacked With Flavor” due out in bookstores October 16th.  So I tossed my name in the hat and what do you know?  They picked me – and 2 others from last year (30AEats & FoodHuntersGuide) plus 18 other bloggers from around the country.

So for the next 3 weeks, I’ll be cooking some amazing sammies from Emeril’s latest book, blogging a few recipes and giving away a copy to one of my readers. 

This book is jam packed with sandwich ideas.  And if you think it’s all turkey and cheese, you are wrong my friends.  There are desserts, condiment recipes (such as the Harissa I made for the Lamb Pita that is TO. DIE. FOR) and everything in between.  Are you hungry yet?  I sure am.  The lamb sandwich was incredible. My kids, who had never had lamb before, inhaled them.  The harissa was easy to make and will now be a fridge staple in my home.  I have been using it on breakfast sliders with eggs.  So good!  

Tomorrow I will be posting the recipe for Emeril’s Egg Salad Supreme.  It’s like Grandma’s egg salad kicked-up Emmy Awards style and is fancy pants enough to serve guests for a swank luncheon and easy enough for your hubs sack lunch.  Here’s a sneak peek!

I hope you enjoy this fun sandwich ride with me.  I will be posting the giveaway information next week.  Stay up to date with what everyone is making by….

Following All of the Bloggers:

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Stuffed Peppers – You Won’t Believe How Good They Are!!

After watching an episode of Martha Stewart the other day that was focused on healthy eating, in particular the benefits of eating quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), I decided to dust off the quinoa box and give it a shot. One of the suggestions was to use it to substitute rice in a dish. I had just bought several beautiful red and orange peppers, so I figured I’d stuff them with quinoa. The end result was phenominal. Even my fussy little eaters were gobbling up the peppers. It was definitely a successful experiment. I hope you will dust off your box of quinoa (or go buy a fresh one) and give this one a try! It’s worth the effort to make the orange-chipotle glaze for this one. The recipe follows. Enjoy!

Stuffed Peppers – You Won’t Believe How Good They Are!!


  • Chipotle-Quinoa & Turkey Stuffed Peppers
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup green peppers, chopped
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup orange chipotle glaze
  • 8 whole peppers
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • Orange-Chipotle Glaze
  • *This is from Emeril Lagasse's "Prime Time Emeril" cookbook
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • One 7-ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, puréed in the blender (or finely chopped, with their liquid)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray. Heat to medium-high and then add the chopped onion. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Add chopped peppers and saute for another 4 minutes or until soft. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink.
  3. Put turkey mixture into a bowl and cool slightly.
  4. Meanwhile bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add quinoa. Cook for 20 minutes or until the quinoa pops open and the spiral inside comes out.
  5. Add cooked quinoa to the turkey mixture. Stir in garlic, oregano and orange chipotle glaze and salt & pepper to taste. Fill the peppers with the turkey mixture and place in a pyrex baking dish. Drizzle ketchup on tops of stuffed peppers. Bake 35-45 minutes.
  6. Orange-Chipotle Glaze
  7. Bring the orange juice to a boil in a large heavy nonreactive stockpot or a Dutch oven over high heat, and boil until reduced to about 1/4 cup and thick.
  8. Reduce the heat to medium-high. Add the sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and puréed chiles. Boil, stirring often, until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce has reduced to 4 cups and coats the back of a spoon, 20 to 30 minutes.
  9. This keeps for three to four days in the refrigerator.

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