Friday, February 14, 2014

All About Bread Good Cook Event -- Pre-Order Fellow Good Cook Expert, Donna's Upcoming Release and Get a FREE Loaf Pan #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt #makeaheadbread

Good Cook's
"All About Bread" Event

I love supporting fellow bloggers, especially when it comes to helping them promote a new product, service, etc. that they have come up with -- hence my popular Spotlight on Mom and Dad features that I love sharing with you all from Mom and Dad inventors' products I stumble upon online.

So, when the folks at Good Cook asked for Good Good Expects (selected bloggers who love the brand, love to cook and bake and share recipes and Good Cook related giveaways with readers) to participate in a "Bread Event" to help support and promote a fellow Good Cook Expert, Donna Currie's, upcoming book release, all I needed to know was where to sign up. :-)

For this Good Cook event, we were given the option of sharing a personal favorite bread recipe, create a new original recipe, or try out one of Donna Currie's many bread recipes that she has created and shared over the years through her blog, Cookistry.  After browsing all the different bread recipes available through Donna' blog, I could why she decided to write a book all about breads and include so many of her great recipes.  Right now, you can pre-order a copy of Donna's upcoming Nov. 2014 release, "Make Ahead Bread" directly from Amazon for only $17.96. 

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627103953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627103954

"From the simplest dinner rolls to traditional croissants and all types of yeast breads in between, home cooks—even those short on time and skill--CAN bake fresh bread from scratch. How is this possible? By breaking the process into two separate steps, with the mixing and kneading done the day before and the baking done when the next day. And the best part? Not only does this make bread baking much easier to fit into a busy schedule, but it also results in a better finished bread product.
The make-ahead bread concept focuses on a long, slow rise, so that the dough rests for a day or two, allowing it to develop flavor (called fermentation by pro bakers). This means that home cooks no longer have to be a slave to their kitchen when they have dough resting. Instead, they could be at work, playing with their kids, sleeping—or doing anything they want.
Make Ahead Bread features 100 yeast bread recipes that benefit from the long rise method so that home cooks can have freshly baked bread whenever they want it, any day of the week. In addition, cooks will find recipes for homemade butters, spreads, and sauces as well as recipes for using up leftover bread."

And, because the folks at Good Cook love all that Donna does for the blogger group, as well as her passion for cooking and baking, as seen through her countless posts, they are offering everyone who pre-orders a copy of Donna's bread book a FREE Good Cook loaf pan. :-)

So, not only will you be getting a great new cookbook filled with must try bread recipes, you will also get a FREE loaf pan to try out some of these new recipes with. 

I ended up printing out a handful of Donna's recipes to try, including her Easter Bunny bread.  I don't know about you, but there is nothing better than making a fresh loaf of homemade bread, especially during the cold winter months.  From sweet treats like banana or blueberry bread, to much more savory options like cheese and herb breads -- not only does the house smell amazing as the bread bakes, but the finished product always warms the tummy's and leaves a smile on everyone's face. :-)

I had planned to share one of Donna's personal bread recipes, but ended up making one of my family's favorite bread recipes, nut bread, which can be made with ingredients you will find in your pantry.  

This bread is not only easy to make, but it is full of flavor.  I love slicing a piece of this bread (which is best made ahead), and buttering it with a homemade maple butter or even just margarine, and enjoying.  And, whenever I make this bread, this is rarely any leftovers.

Pantry Nut Bread

ServesCook TimeTotal TimePrep Time
4-61 hour1 hour 30 minutes30 minutes
  • Ingredients:

    • 1 Cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 Cup whole milk
    • 2 3/4 Cups flour
    • 3 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 Cup ground nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc. -- no need to toast)
  • Instructions:

    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Beat Sugar and egg in large bowl. Then, blend in milk until fully combined.
    3. Then, add dry ingredients, followed by the nuts.
    4. Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Let rise at room temperature for 20 minutes before baking.
    5. Bake in oven for 1 hr.
    6. Serve bread sliced and buttered.
    7. **This bread is best made the day before.

If you find yourself today due to a snow day with the kids, or are looking for something fun to bake with the kids this weekend, or heck, just need an excuse to get in the kitchen  and bake, why not give my family's favorite from scratch bread a try?   Or, visit Donna's blog, Cookistry, and browse her extensive bread recipe offering.

Don't forget to visit Amazon and pre-order Donna's upcoming release, Make Ahead Bread for only $17.96 . And, remember, for those who pre-order by February 28th, the folks at Good Cook will send you a FREE loaf pan as a thank you for support a fellow Good Cook Expert. Please share this special offer with family and friends.  Note:  You will get 1 (one) FREE loaf pan per book purchased.  Once you place your pre-order for this book, the next step to getting your FREE loaf pan from Good Cook is to fill out this form -- Note: You have to complete this form by 2/28 in order to get your FREE Good Cook Loaf Pan.

I hope you will join me and other Good Cook Experts in supporting Donna Currie and her upcoming Make Ahead Bread book release.  I for one, can't wait to receive it and try out the many tasty recipes.  Nothing is better than freshly baked homemade bread! Am I right? :-)

If you find yourself needing to pick up additional cooking/baking supplies, why not check out the Good Cook website?  I made many family and friends happy this past Christmas when I surprised them with Good Cook and pantry must have gift baskets. :-)  Just for promo code "BakeBread" to save 25% off your total order at the Good Cook website --


  1. I would love to make bread and this books looks so wonderful. I would also love to get a copy for my mom and best friend great gift idea thanks for sharing.
    heather [email protected]

  2. I love that you have random pantry nuts - sound like what happens around here - a bit of this, a bit of that... Thanks so much for helping to promote the book!

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