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Monday, November 23, 2009

Walnut Cinnamon Raisin Bread

I decided to start a new tradition this year here at Farmhouse. The weekend before Thanksgiving I thought it would be nice to bake some breakfast bread to have in the morning with our coffee and tea. So I got out my "Bread Baker's Apprentice" by Peter Reinhart and flipped through the pages the other night. That's it. That's the one. The Walnut Cinnamon Raisin bread. Had to make a quick run to Scolaris in the morning for the raisins, but other than that I had everything in the pantry. I mixed all the ingredients in the morning..it has yeast so it needed time to rise. After it rose in a couple of hours I flattened it out and pressed on the cinnamon sugar, rolled it up,placed it in the pans and let it rise again.It was getting late in the afternoon and my kitchen was getting dark, so I turned on the oven and in went the bread. While it baked I went outside...Christmas music playing....and got out my outdoor lights.I had John move a Christmas Tree that I have had in a big clay pot for years by the french door going out to the garden...and this year it will get lights. Later this afternoon John and I are going out to Baywood Park for farmers market...there is an italian man there that has the best old variety grapes. I want some for Thanksgiving and some for my cranberry and Limbertwig salad.It felt so Thanksgiving this morning on our walk with Buddy. The liquid amber on the corner of Church and Morro Street is bright red now. We call it the Thanksgiving tree. And it did not dissapoint...it was stunning this morning as the sun rose over Terrace Hill, the cold late November winds blew and the dark clouds floated through the sky.

Late this afternoon we are going to take Buddy for a walk. Saturday evening we hit the Motherlode of nature world. 2 barn owls. High up in a cedar tree. One took flight soaring quietly off towards that sliver of a moon against the dark inky sky. The other one stared at us...and Buddy. Big flat white face...orange eyes..and then, we heard them..hoooo hoooo....hoooo hoooo....going at 5 tonight to see if we can see them.....I'll let you know.


  1. The bread looks delicious. I am sure your house had a wonderful aroma wafting through it. I am looking forward to this week as well. My Hubby and I are cooking for a small family, and I love the different aromas, and saying thanks for all we have, and a prayer for all that don't.
    I'm sure the owl that danced across the moon was quite a sight.

  2. Delicious bread, Kary !
    You've been posting so many wonderful recipes ... it's a gift for us to have you sharing all these precious cooking pleasures :)

    Have a beautiful and blessed week !!!


  3. We are fixing our turkey today as we will be traveling to our camper for the holidays. Your bread sounds delicious and so do the sounds of the owls. I wish I could join you on your evening walk.

  4. Mmm looks amazing Kary, I absolutely love fruity bread...if it wasn't so late I would head into my kitchen and make some! Will have to wait until tomorrow :)
    Morwenna xo

  5. Nothing says home like fresh baked bread. Good for you!

  6. So did you see the owls?

    That sounds llike a great tradition of making your own sweet bread for Thanksgiving morn-ahead of time, especially. There is already so much work to do on the day itself, no? Well, i hope you have a delightful thanksgiving.

  7. I love it when I look and the pantry and realize I have everything I need to bake what's on my mind! Now THAT'S a perfect day, indeed!

    And thanks for the comment on my plates! It's my china pattern. As a little girl, I ADORED my mother's china and couldn't WAIT to pick out my own one day. It was the FIRST thing I registered for when Justin and I got engaged.

  8. OH, YUM! I can totally go for a slice of that right now. I feel like if all of my blogging buddies and I lived in the same town, none of us would ever grow hungry! Nice job, Kary!

  9. what a perfect day! I would love some of that delicious looking bread right now.
    Happy thanksgiving!!

  10. You've begun a lovely tradition, one you and your family will enjoy for decades. I've enjoyed my first visit and the Farmhouse Kitchen is mentioned at Thistle Cove Farm.

  11. Thank you for posting your eggnog scone recipe! I made them for breakfast this morning and had one for dessert tonight. Even my husband had one and he said "that was really good it kind of tasted like...ummm Eggnog"!

  12. mmm, it looks delicious!
    wish you a sweet day!

  13. what a great new tradition! the bread looks so delicious.

    and since you've mentioned birds - we've had a "hawk alert" in our neighborhood and have be super cautious when we take roxy out since she's so little and they're looking for food...yikes!

  14. This bread looks so delicious. Oh and warm...you are making me thing of heaven. : )

  15. This bread looks wonderful; it's on my 'must try' list. Many thanks for visiting and following Thistle Cove Farm; I am SO pleased to return the kindness!


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