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
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

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:

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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Goat Cheese Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust – #VirtualPotluck

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Goat Cheese Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust via farmgirlgourmet.com

Hey guess what?  Today is Pi Day.  3.1415926 = Pi.  Now that the math lesson is over, it’s the perfect geeky holiday to turn foodie.  Pi, pie, potato, pototo.  You get the picture.

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The Virtual Potluck team decided that we needed to get our Pi on and also have a giveaway, because we love you….and pi(e).  So we all got together and made some pie.  See the full list of who made what below.  It’s delicious.  Promise.

Goat Cheese Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust

This quiche, errr pie, might look tough to make, but the only thing hard about it is standing over the box grater making the hash.  The rest…easy as pie.  Oh stop, you knew I had to say it.  Moving on.

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After you bake the crust for 30 minutes, you let it cool while you whisk the eggs, goat cheese, sour cream and green onions.  Super easy.  Then you bake it again for an hour and it’s chow bell time my friends.  WAIT – there’s more.  A giveaway – keep scrolling.

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Goat Cheese Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust – #VirtualPotluck

Yield: 6-8 Servings

Goat Cheese Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust – #VirtualPotluck

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (yams), about 2 large, peeled and grated on a large holed box grater
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 large eggs, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced fat sour cream
  • 5 ounces goat cheese
  • 5 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with 1 tablespoon of softened butter. Cut parchment paper in a circle the diameter of the bottom and another to fit the sides of the pan (one circle and one long rectangle). Line the pan with the parchment, pressing into the butter to adhere. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and brush the side and bottom parchment layers. Set aside.
  3. Add the grated sweet potatoes to a large piece of cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel. Gather corners together and squeeze out excess water over the sink. You may need to do this in stages.
  4. Add the squeezed potatoes to a large bowl. In another small bowl whisk together 1 egg, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper & a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Pour over sweet potatoes and toss lightly to coat. Press into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Place on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  5. Turn oven down to 375 degrees F.
  6. In a large bowl, add 11 eggs, sour cream, goat cheese, green onions, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Whisk well to combine.
  7. Before adding the eggs to the crust, press the sides of the crust carefully to adhere back to the springform pan if they have sagged. Add the egg mixture without overfilling beyond the crust. Bake 30 minutes. Turn heat down to 350 degrees F and bake 30 minutes. Rotate the pan an continue cooking 15 minutes more. The center may still be giggle a little, but will set as it cools. Allow to rest 20 minutes before serving.
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Virtual Potluck Deliciousness:

Now for some fun.  How about over $300 worth of goodies?  All kinds of fun things for your kitchen and pantry.  Enter in the widget below.  Tell a friend.  Thanks for reading, entering and HEY…for being here.  I heart you!  Happy pi day!
 
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Now, since this is a Virtual Potluck, we don’t want you to go home empty handed! One reader will go home with over $300 worth of prizes, thanks to our sponsors at Beanilla, My Spice Sage, Wholesome Sweeteners, Zak, Oh Nuts, and Good Cook. Be sure to head on over to the other Virtual Potluck bloggers and see what they brought to the party! (Don’t worry, you only have to enter on one of the blogs since the entries will be pooled together to pick a winner!)

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OXO Super Tool #Giveaway

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The Virtual Potluck has teamed up with OXO to bring you this AAHHHHHMAZING giveaway today.  No, it’s not a car or a pony, but a box chock full of fun cooking goodies.  You get everything pictured above plus these:

I wish I could’ve given all of this fun stuff away before Thanksgiving, but just think of all of the holiday meals you’ll be making between now and New Years and how handy all of these gadgets will be?  I can just tell you that the ricer is rocking my socks off right now.  I have owned many a ricer, but never one like this baby.  It’s a dream!  The pot holders are fantastic too and I have used the thermometer multiple times as well.  So let’s not beat around the bush anymore….let’s get to the giveaway, shall we?

Good luck to you!!

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Disclaimer: OXO provided the above tools for my review.  I was not compensated for this post or my opinion.  All positive comments are my own and are priceless.  1 person will win the giveaway and OXO will ship them their prize.  US addresses only.

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Pumpkin Apple Cake + @TatesBakeShop Giveaway

Pumpkin Apple Cake

 

Holy Giveaway Central Batman!  First Emeril’s cookbook, then the Harry & David Roxy Ann basket and now a Tates Bake Shop giveaway from Virtual Potluck?  Tis the season to be generous I suppose.  I have more fun and delicious giveaways in the queue too.  If you like free stuff, you might want to enter your email address over on the right under my picture to receive the latest and greatest in your inbox.  Don’t miss a post!

For now, let’ talk Tate’s.  Kathleen King is the creator and owner of the Southampton bakery, Tate’s Bake Shop.  She has a cult following, making her bakery an actual “destination” according to the New York Times.  That’s pretty amazing, if you ask me.  Her latest cookbook; “Baking with Friends” is a culinary delight for anyone with a sweet tooth.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up the book, drooled on every page, only to put it down feeling overwhelmed with what to make.  I finally handed off the book to the kids and said “you pick”.  To my shock, they came back with this cake.  Not cookies or brownies, but a moist pumpkin apple cake.  Yes, they are foodies too!

The cake is perfect, in my opinion.  It’s not too sweet, only requires a slight dusting of powdered sugar and would be perfect for your Thanksgiving dessert table.  Before we head off to recipe land  I wanted to let you know that I am giving away a signed copy of the book as well as the Cookie and Bar Tower pictured above.  So you can savor Kathleen’s treats while you peruse the book endlessly.  If you want even more ways to win from Tate’s Bake Shop, check out the Facebook promo they are running as well.  You could win $1000, a KitchenAid mixer and copies of the book.  All you have do is make one of the recipes and let them know.  That’s a win win if you ask me!

Enter the Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway!

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Pumpkin Apple Cake + @TatesBakeShop Giveaway

Yield: 12 to 16 Servings

This cake combines the best flavors of autumn. It is an effortless cake that is perfect for breakfast, a lunch box, or an afternoon snack. If serving to guests, dress up each serving with a spoonful of caramel sauce. (from Baking with Friends)

Ingredients

  • Softened butter and all-purpose flour for the pan
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Position the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter and flour a 9 inch fluted or plain tube pan and tap out the excess flour.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer set on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in the granulated and brown sugars and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. One at a time, beat in the eggs, followed by the vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined. Add the apples and walnuts. With the mixer set on low speed, min in the flour mixture in thirds, scraping down the bowl as needed. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
  3. Bake until the cake is golden brown and a long bamboo skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in the pan on a wire cooling rack for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto the wire rack and unmold. Turn right side up and cool completely.
  4. To serve, sift confectioners' sugar over the top and cut into wedges
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Whole Wheat Applesauce Pancakes with Fresh Peach Compote

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An easy recipe for Whole Wheat Applesauce Pancakes that are kicked up with a fresh peach compote that is delectable. 

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I don’t know about you, but I am super excited to see who wins Top Chef Masters.  Being laid up with a bad back for the past week has gotten me completely caught up on television.  Yay me!!  Ok, maybe not so much.  I love watching cooking shows, but I also love being in my kitchen and when you can’t stand (walk, sit, sleep, breath – you get the picture) the kitchen is no place to be.  So, I lived vicariously through the Cheftestants on the show.

If you watch Top Chef Masters, you’ve probably noticed that the show is being sponsored by Anolon Cookware.  Beautiful cookware…that all matches. 

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My kitchen cupboard is like a resting ground for old, mismatched pots and pans.  I pick them up at yard sales, got a few for wedding gifts (those are the nice ones) and some are hand-me-downs from my Mom.  So when Anolon got in contact with Virtual Potluck and asked if we would like to do a promotion for them, I was stoked.  Pots – that match?  Sign a sister up!  

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They sent me a 2 quart covered saucepan and a 5 quart covered saute pan.  Both – GORGEOUS.  (and they match).  I am so in love with them that I’m ready to put a garage sale sign in my yard and haul my ugly lot to the curb – and then buy the rest of this Anolon line to…..you guessed it, MATCH.  I might even buy a pot rack and display them like art.  If you know me, you’d know that I am totally anti-pot-rack.  Totally!  Don’t get my wrong, I think they look amazing, in somebody elses home.  I personally don’t want to clean pots before I use them and I don’t live in a house with a maid (unless you count me) so..no thank you to the dust collecting pot rack.  My opinion, everyone is different.  Don’t lynch me.  Thank you.

Back to Anolon.  The saute pan is amazingly perfect.  I love it with my whole heart.  I made pancakes in a dry pan and they came out beautifully browned and evenly cooked.  No oil or butter necessary.  Love it.  The pancakes are my recipe for Applesauce Pancakes that are super easy to make and require no butter or oil either.  You can make them lighter by substituting all purpose flour, but I like to slip in the whole wheat whenever I can.  I hope you take a moment and check out www.anolon.com for some beautiful cookware.  They have been an absolute pleasure to work with.  Check out all of the other Virtual Potluckers posts for Anolon here.  

 

Let’s go make some pancakes…I’m hungry.

Whole Wheat Applesauce Pancakes with Fresh Peach Compote

Yield: Makes 4 Servings (about 10 pancakes)

Whole Wheat Applesauce Pancakes with Fresh Peach Compote

A quick and low fat recipe for pancakes that will fool your anti-whole wheat eating kids. The peach compote comes together quickly and the syrup is so tasty, you may just want to put away the Aunt Jemima.

Ingredients

    Compote:
  • 1 pound fresh peaches, skinned, pitted and sliced (or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pancakes:
  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/8 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 3 egg whites, lightly beaten until frothy
  • 1 1/2 cup fat free milk

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the peaches, brown sugar, water and cinnamon and bring to a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has started to get thick and the liquid is syrupy.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a batter bowl with a whisk until incorporated well.
  3. Add the applesauce, egg whites and milk and stir until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Preheat your griddle and using a 1/4 cup measure, pour the batter onto the hot griddle. Top with sliced bananas and cook until the bottoms are golden and then flip.
  5. Serve with maple syrup and enjoy!
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