Peanut Butter Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Bread fixes everything, Breakfast of Champions, Care for Brunch?, Snack Attack, Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats….

Let’s just have a moment of silence

………

A moment of Silence to take in

THIS

FANTASTICALLY

AMAZING

PEANUT BUTTER REVOLUTIONARY

MASTER PIECE


aka any Jar of Peanut Buttery goodness that comes out of the Peanut Butter & Co. Factory.

OMG … can you imagine visiting such a place, you think those little rugrats in willy-wonka had problems keeping their hands to themselves?!?!

- – phhaaa-leeaaassseee.

Let me loose in that factory, and it will become messy (of course in a wonderfully delicious way ;) lol)

I guess I don’t have to mention just how excited I was to see that Peanut Butter & Co. can now be found at my local grocery store … to be completely frank; I had to be picked up off the floor. I wanted all of them – – seriously, I did. But because I’m such an adult and I’m mature and all that jazz - – I only bought 1 ( not to worry, I’ll be back for the other ones :D).

I came home right after my exciting buy and lost my Peanut Butter & Co. virginity with a spoon and cinnamon swirl peanut butter.

One

Word

…. BLISS

My inherent foodie then took hold of matters and began thinking, what can I add this magic to, to rock my world?

Bread.

Mama LTSL always say’s bread fixes everything and well… has mama ever been wrong?

So, I made this little doozie – - Peanut Butter Cinnamon Raisin Bread :D .

 

Peanut Butter Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Bread

3 Cups Flour

4 1/2 Tsp Yeast

2 Tsp Cinnamon

1 Tsp Nutmeg

3/4 Cups half and half cream

1/4 Cups Brown Sugar

2 Tbsp Butter

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

1 Cup Peanut Butter and Co Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

1/2 Cup Raisins

1 Tsp Almond Extract

Filling 

*see NOTE below*

3 Tbsp Granulated Sugar

2 Tbsp Cinnamon

1 Egg

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc, lightly spray a 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon that will be used as your filling.

In a separate dish, lightly beat your egg.

Using a standing mixer and your dough hook – combine 1 1/2 cups Flour, yeast, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Over medium heat, bring milk, brown sugar, butter, salt and almond extract to a simmer ( this will take roughly 4 minutes)

 

Add your milk mixture to your dry ingredients.

Mix until just combined – approximately 2 minutes on medium speed.

Now – – it’s peanut butter time!! In goes the magic maker ;)

Next, add 1 more cup of flour.

Last but not least — add your raisins.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of flour across a clean surface. Turn your dough out and need, until you achieve a soft dough consistency ( it should feel like pizza dough).

 

Roll out your cinnamon raisin bread into a  wide rectangle.

Lightly brush the surface of your dough, with the egg ( it is not necessary to use the entire egg – – you’ll want to save some for the top of the bread)

Sprinkle 3/4 of your cinnamon-sugar mixture over the surface.

Starting with the end nearest to you, roll your bread as though it were a jelly roll :)

Place your roll into your bread pan, seam side down.

Brush the surface of the bread, with the remaining egg.

Now, using that reserved cinnamon-sugar sprinkle over the crust to form a layer of yumm-osity ;) lol.

Bake for 45 minutes.

Allow to cool – – and then have your way with this little monster!!

Let’s chat for a second about this recipe. It’s what I would call a YAY/Boo concoction.

Yay – because it tastes phenomenal, it oozes with cinnamon goodness, cry’s with the richness of the peanut butter and holds up to a good slathering of butter like a gem. It’s a great recipe but….

Boo- since, I was aiming for cinnamon swirl bread. As you see that didn’t happen :(

*NOTE* I’m pretty sure I skimped on the cinnamon sugar that goes into the bread. Next time, I’ll probably do a 3:1 cinnamon sugar ratio.

With that being said though, there were no complaints from my main hype man – papa LTSL. He said it was the best Peanut butter Cinnamon Raisin Bread he’s ever eaten – –  granted that man is both fabulous and ridiculously biased.

The bread IS a stunner and I certainly won’t call this a recipe flop – – the sugary crust that’s formed meshed with the cushiony middle, alone makes me excited to try this recipe again.

Stay Sweet Good looking people of the blog world

Xoxox

Irresistible Walnut Sable Cookies

Smart Cookies, Sweet Treats

Isn’t it a little ironic that on the same day lent starts, I feature this cookie? Yes, this cookie swimming with butter – doused in sugar and packed with flour.

I apologize – I really do.

All of you who have decided to take part in lent and give up sugar ( or sweets, for that matter of fact) for the next forty-days  – – you impress me. Whatever you maybe giving up … chocolate … coffee.. sugar … smoking… alcohol… you’re all doing a good thing as long as you’re doing it for the right reason. I hope the next forty days brings you peace, love and causes you to remember the reason you are making this sacrifice :)

The good news is, you really don’t want this cookie.

It’s crumbly and butter messy with a disgusting  just the right amount of sweetness… it’s chock full of walnuts and would be terrible perfect with a cup of coffee.

Who am I kidding…?

It’s lent – – I probably shouldn’t lie to you.

I love this buttery goodness… bookmark this recipe for after Easter. Come back then, and tell me how much you love love love your daily dose of sugar ;)

*yuck* — just look at these!! *drool*

Until then, hold tight cupcakes – – forty days will come and go in the blink of an eye.

This cookie, is also perfect for a little post Mardi-Gras pick-me-up. You know, just in case you had a couple extra sips over the weekend. All the goodness in this cookie will take care of any hangover you may have.

I care about you  – – it’s true. The last thing  I want, is for your to go into work feeling sick. It’s your duty to eat these cookies and feel better ;)

Buttery

Flaky

Crumbling the moment it hits your lips

Delicate

Melt in your mouth delicious

Irresistible Walnut Sable Cookies

4 Cups Flour

2 Cups Butter

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt

3/4 Cups Cream Cheese (at room temperature)

2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

3 Cups Chopped Walnuts

Directions

In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt.

In your standing mixer ( or in a large bowl, using a hand mixer) – combine butter and cream cheese. Mix until light and fluffy.

Next, add both sugars.

Add Vanilla.

Now, add flour mixture. Mix just until incorporated.

Add 1 1/2 cups walnuts.

Transfer to a floured surface, and divide into two even halves.

Roll each half into a long log, approximately 1 inch in diameter.

Wrap each log in parchment paper and chill, at least 30 minutes or up to two weeks.

Once chilled, Pre-heat oven to 350 oc and lightly spray your cookie sheet.

Handling one log at a time unwrap and coat in the rest of the chopped walnuts.

Next, using a sharp knife slice into 1/4 inch slices. Repeat with second long.

Arrange your sliced dough onto the cookie sheet, leaving approximately 1/2 inch between each cookie.

Bake for 15 minuets.

Allow to cool … and then – – enter sable bliss ;)

This really is a QUITE the post- I talk about purifying yourself – – discuss a hang over you may have … and then temp you with cookies :).

Hmm… yea, let’s skip all that and just focus on the sweetness at hand!!

I hope you have a delicious day sweet hearts

xoxo