Oct 18, 2010

I Love Baking, But I'm No Professional

Monday morning Amanda blogged about baking a loaf of bread we had both seen on Jenna's blog: Cinnamon Walnut Bread. All day long I thought about this bread. Cinnamon, carbs, cinnamon, carbs. I was even tempted to skip Boot Camp just so I would be eating it sooner. Alas, exercise is just as important as pleasing my palate, so I met up with Amanda and Mary for class.

Class consisted of:
  • Warm-up laps (I missed bc I was late, oops), stretching
  • 4 laps around the park, 40 lunges, 40 push-ups, 40 crunches, 40 supermans (supermen?)
  • 3 laps around the park, 30 lunges, 30 push-ups, 30 crunches, 30 supermans
  • 2 laps around the park, 20 lunges, 20 push-ups, 20 crunches, 20 supermans
  • 1 lap around the park, 10 lunges, 10 push-ups, 10 crunches, 10 supermans
  • and then we did rows, bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, mountain climbers, chest presses, jumping jacks, wide squat jumps for 45 seconds each
  • Cool down stretching
Damn straight I was baking bread after that.

I used Jenna's recipe but made four changes...one because I'm sweet, one because I'm spicy, one because I'm creamy, and one because I'm dumb. Just wait.

First, I mixed the dry ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
 Oh snap, I forgot the sugar. There we go.
 I then incorporated the wet ingredients into the dry:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 large egg

 I poured it into a greased loaf pan and baked for 35 minutes on 350*. 
 Then I attempted to clean up my mess. Told you I'm no profesh. 
And then Margaret called and I realized I forgot to fold in the nuts. The nuts for Cinnamon Walnut Bread. Really, Christina!?
Then, I committed my favorite baking sin. I opened the oven to take a peek and a pic. Sue me.
All mishaps aside, I created a beautiful loaf whose cinnamony sweet aroma permeated throughout my kitchen. 
The smell of this bread instantly erased all the push-ups and squats from my memory.
 I ate a big fat slice drizzled with honey.
And now I'm watching football. Life is good.


  1. The bread looks fab. I love it when it's way more dense- not light and fluffy. When it comes to carbs, there's no messin' around with the light stuff... :p

  2. I would like it better Just Like This... no nuts! I would have left them out on purpose :D

    *I LOVE your bowl !!

  3. that sounds delish! i like the sounds of it without the walnuts. even though walnuts are in the title of the recipe-haha. i think nuts make things taste worst...so job well done! i bet this bread smelled AMAZING!

  4. You're so funny. Another baking sin I'm guilty off, I've actually forgotten to mix in the nuts on one of my recipes so I opened the oven, took out the muffins and put the nuts as topping and pushed them into the muffin. I thought I could just pick up where I left off and just make up the time it was out of the oven. NO, it does not work but my muffins were still edible.

  5. Love your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine. We have alot in common, so funny we both live in Charleston, love Mr. Efron, chick fila and cooking! I look forward to trying out some of your recipes! I'm your newest follower;)

  6. I've _Definitely_ forgotten ingredients before! Nothing like a little kitchen mishap to make life interesting :)

  7. That looks really good! I love making loaves like that. Usually I don't add brown sugar. Going to try that! =)

  8. That looks fabulous. Just sprinkle the nuts over it :)

  9. That bootcamp sounds hardcore! But I think I'd love to do it. HA! And the bread looks amazing.....even without the nuts. ;)

  10. I always forget nuts when they are included in a baking recipe! Muffins, cookies, etc... I always forget nuts.
    Glad it still turned out delish!

  11. You look like a pro to me. I love the way the house smells after baking!

    You should have squished the nuts on top, lol. Always a way to rescue.

  12. I think I can beat this. I forgot the bananas in banana bread once until I was right about to put it in the oven.

  13. I've never made bread before - yours look beautiful! It would def make up for all push-ups and squats!

  14. Baking + football watching - every man's dream! hehe Great post girl - i've never made bread but this looks awesome. Glad you realized the walnut leave out before it was too late!

  15. There's nothing better than the smell of fresh bread right outta the oven--yours turned out great even without the nuts!

  16. sounds amazing! LOve homemade bread of any kind...but especially that which contains cinnamon!

  17. Looks awesome my dear! Btw I love honey!! Do you remember when they used to serve honey packets with chicken nuggets at McDonald's? Every here and there I whip out the honey with some chicken fingers and eeevveryone thinks it's nasty haha.

    Thanks for your blogging encouragement about pictures comment thing lol I neeevver care what people think so it really should not stop me. ;)

  18. That looks so good! And even if you forgot the nuts, you could always top it with a crunchy nut butter! I bet that would be even better! I bet it also made your whole kitchen smell amazing :)

  19. i love your cheetah (giraffe?) print bowl and you know i love baking and stealing your recipes, duh. and yes, i struggle at identifying animal print, but thanks for being my friend anyway.

  20. I love that workout- so creative! 40 pushups?! Holy smokes, you must have arms of steel :)
    And, I'm so silly sometimes, I have honestly NEVER thought to put honey on bread- like banana bread, etc. I mean, I've put it on toast, but not on any flavored kind of bread.
    I always peek @ stuff in the oven while it's cooking..oops!

  21. That is one hardcore bootcamp!

    And that bread still looks good, even without the nuts! I swear I always manage to forget at least one ingredient every time I bake. :P

  22. Hahahahahahahaha. I do that all the time with stuff and am like "How did I forget that??" Annoys the crap out of me. That loaf looks pretty though. Loaf sounds dirty and I like that.

  23. There are worse things than forgetting the walnuts...I mean, if you'd forgotten to add chocolate chips instead, it would have been a travesty. You should totally make that bread with chocolate chips, btw :) Looks delish!!

  24. Homemade bread is the absolute best. I've been craving making some lately..I'm gonna have to finally cave after seeing this. :)

  25. Mmmmm, that bread looks delicious! It's too bad you left out the walnuts but at least you didn't leave out something really important...like eggs! ;-)

  26. funny i made Jenna's bread too but with Brown sugar and almond milk! i also used chopped almonds instead of walnuts because that's what i had. It was delicious. my boyfriend ate like 9/10ths of it!

  27. Homemade bread? Your a FancyPants in my book!

  28. YUM! I'm making this this weekend! Only one problem: I will eat it all by the end of the weekend (I have no doubt). ;)