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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cinnamon (no raisins) Walnut Bread

I know my judges and they don't like cooked raisins. This week's challenge is a lovely Cinnamon bread. Once you have completed it, you may never be able to reach for the loaf in the grocery store again.

We have had a crazy week. My husband ended up with a four day weekend. We decided to update number one son's room. We are both skilled painters, I actually enjoy painting. Except ceilings... And the pergo commercials make it look so easy. Armed with our additional 10% off, we purchased enough pergo to do both boy's rooms. The painting was easy, tiring, my hands and forearms got a work out.

The wood floor? When two type A people embark on a project that involves measuring, it is guaranteed to be challenging. The first hurdle, where to set up the miter saw. It was 107 here this week. Who knows what the actual temperature was in the garage, but it wasn't an option. The kitchen table appeared to be the next logical site. Of course when your kitchen is coated in a fine layer of sawdust, you lose all desire to cook. Three days of take out on top of eight weeks of BBA challenge breads, the pounds are adding up.

The floor actually is easy to assemble. It looks great. But to achieve perfection, it required some exact cuts. Husband rose to the challenge. We spent two days crawling around the floor. Tom says that Pergo is like legos for grownups. I think it was worth it.

The recovery from the project has taken a toll. The kitchen needed to be scrubbed. The contents of the bedroom need to be sorted to see if they really need to go back into the room.

When it came time to knead the walnuts into the bread, I realized that the arthritis in my fingers had not enjoyed the weekend activities. My hands and knees are getting old.

The loaf is delicious, I decided to follow the directions for the swirl and formed a 5 x 8 inch rectangle. I should have followed my gut and made a 5 x 12 inch rectangle for a better swirl.

The big question is, what are you making to go with the corn bread?


  1. Your cinnamon bread looks wonderful! I can't wait to make it.

  2. Totally this is by far and away so much better than any cinnamon raisin bread I've ever gotten in any store or bakery!
    In this heat, you've put in your dues but from the photo I'd say that is really first rate!! Great loaf and great bedroom!
    I made what I may call an "Almost Cassolet" bean stew. Cooking my bacon now.

  3. Very impressed with the room and the bread, Anne. I am starting to feel very lazy reading your blog.....

  4. Thanks everyone. Cooking is getting harder and harder in this heat. The energy company asked us to not use appliances between three and seven and to turn our AC down. Maybe it will be a week of grilling.