Hi guys! I’ve got a special treat for you this weekend. Not one, but TWO fantastic Guest Posters!
First up is Julie from White Lights on Wednesday.
I’m taking over her blog today, head over there to see what I did with the boots
that made me get a tetanus shot that stopped being waterproof.
While you’re there check out her fantastic recipes (Red Lobster Biscuits? YES please!)
I’m Julie from White Lights on Wednesday!
I’m really exciting to be sharing on Alecia’s blog today and meeting all of you!
Since we don’t really know each other, and I’m totally awesome – haha – here’s a little about me.
I live in Arizona. Yes, it’s stupid hot in the summer. I love to cook and bake. I read when I can find time. I am obsessed with freshly clean sheets, they’re amazing! I like wine and whiskey. Not together though…ewww. I LOVE Love love to eat cookies.
There. Now we can be friends. :)
To give you an idea of what goes on over at my blog, here are 3 of the top 5 readers’ favorite posts.
(1) Thin Mint Knock Offs
(2) Chocolate Wasted Cake
(3) Get Organized: The Blog
When I found out Alecia was my Trading Blogs partner for this round I did the usual and stalked her blog a little. I went through old posts and read her “About Me” page to get to know my swap buddy.
I remembered this amazing looking bread I saw one night around 12:30am while I was blog hopping while hungry. Never a good idea. Leads to too much pinning. I knew what to make.
I should explain my rational, hopefully my crazy train of thought will make sense.
Growing up I wanted to be a chef – shock! But more than that I wanted to have a farm.
I was going to have a farm, breed beagles, and when my kids were grown turn my farmhouse into a bed and breakfast and be the chef. Awesome right!
When I saw Alecia had a farm, all those memories came flooding back to me. Childhood, home, dreams, comfort. Nothing says comfort and nostalgia to me more than a warm loaf of bread and cinnamon.
Ya with me?
So for today…
Makes 4 mini-loaves
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup sour cream
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Beat together butter, sugar, salt, and cinnamon until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beat until incorporated after each addition. Add vanilla and sour cream, mix well.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients in two additions; mix until just combined after each addition.
- Spray loaf pans with non-stick spray and spoon batter in pans. Fill 2/3 full, DO NOT over fill!!
- Mix topping ingredients together and distribute evenly over top of each loaf pan. You will think there is too much of the topping. It’s okay…use it all.
- Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let sit for 5 minutes, then remove from the baking dishes and cool.
Christi’s recipe makes 4 mini loaves. I was able to get 1 regular sized loaf (cook for 50 minutes to 1 hour) and 8 muffins (cook for 30 minutes) for this same recipe.
I hope you all feel transported to a simpler place in time with good food that makes you happy.
That’s what Alecia’s farm makes me think of. Well that, and Dr. Doolittle.
Rex Harrison, not Eddie Murphy.
Thanks so much for having me Alecia. I had an amazing time baking for you!