Gluten Free Walnut Sticky Bread

Welcome Amiee from My 9 to 5 Shoes as she shares a cookbook review for Winter Thyme and a Baked with Love recipe for Walnut Sticky Bread from the cookbook!

With a lightened travel schedule over the Holidays I was able to spend lots of quality time home with the boys. One particularly lazy Saturday morning the little one and I made monkey bread. I love the chewy texture and sweet caramel but after going mostly gluten free, I have never tried recreating it. It seemed implausible.
 
 
I found this recipe for Gluten Free Walnut Sticky Bread from Bittersweet Walnut Grove in their cookbook Winter Thyme. The book not only has recipes but also crafts and printable templates for turning both into beautiful handmade gifts.
 
 
But back to the monkey bread. The little one helped me mix and roll – all the while confirming I was indeed making bread (he is a carb junkie) and asking me a million questions. “Why do you roll it in little balls? Why do you put it in this funny pan? Is this really bread? Why are you making this?”
 
 
Both my husband and child circled the stove frequently asking if it was done yet. Despite the wait it came out beautifully. The boys could hardly let it cool to tear into it! It was fabulous. It was even more so the next day as the caramel bits hardened and turned chewy. The dough had the typical crumble of gluten free baked goods but was so light and lovely.
 
 
I took half of it to a girls party that evening and everyone there loved it too! Only those the wiser even knew it was gluten free – and mostly because I told them.
 
Gluten Free Walnut Sticky Bread

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoons yeast
  • 4 cups all purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions:

In a medium bowl combine all flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.  In a small glass bowl combine yeast and warm milk.. Let dissolve for 5 minutes and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl cream together 4 Tbs butter and 1/2 Cup sugar with an electric mixer at low speed. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg.  Add olive oil, vanilla extract, and prepared yeast mixture. Mix together at low speed. Add dry mixture and mix at low speed until a dough forms.

Lightly grease a bundt pan.  Flour dough as needed and roll into egg size balls. Stack balls in the prepared pan creating two layers.

In a small mixing bowl combine brown sugar, 1/2 Cup sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts.  Mix well and sprinkle over dough in the pan.  Pour melted butter over the top, lightly cover, and let rise for 30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until
lightly brown.

 

We also made one of the crafts from the book – the hand warmers. We spend lots of time outdoors in the winter months … watching my husband bike race and sledding when we have snow. The little ones will stay out there until their noses are bright red and their toes and fingers are frozen.
 Hand warmers
I was intrigued by the possibility of easing their discomfort and wondered if the hand warmers might help keep little hands toasty longer. We made them one Sunday afternoon. The boys did the tracing and cutting and ‘helped’ with the stitching. We opted not to turn them inside out; instead we left them a little more rustic looking.  We awoke to snow in Virginia this morning – not very much – but there is sledding on the agenda.  A quick indoor test of the hand warmers leads me to believe I may never get the boys back inside today. I may just have to bribe them with homemade hot cocoa and marshmallows (also both recipes in the book).
 

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Ingredients
  1. 4 tablespoons butter
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 1/2 cup olive oil
  4. 1/2 tablespoons yeast
  5. 4 cups all purpose gluten free flour
  6. 1 cup brown sugar
  7. 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  8. 1 cup butter, softened
  9. 1 cup granulated sugar
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  12. 4 teaspoons baking powder
  13. 1 teaspoon salt
  14. 1 cup walnuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl combine all flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside. In a small glass bowl combine yeast and warm milk.. Let dissolve for 5 minutes and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream together 4 Tbs butter and 1/2 Cup sugar with an electric mixer at low speed. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg. Add olive oil, vanilla extract, and prepared yeast mixture. Mix together at low speed. Add dry mixture and mix at low speed until a dough forms.
  3. Lightly grease a Bundt pan. Flour dough as needed and roll into egg size balls. Stack balls in the prepared pan creating two layers.
  4. In a small mixing bowl combine brown sugar, 1/2 Cup sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts. Mix well and sprinkle over dough in the pan. Pour melted butter over the top, lightly cover, and let rise for 30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly brown.
Bittersweet Walnut Grove http://bittersweetwalnutgrove.com/wp/
 
 
If you are looking for winter comfort food to bring you warmth, homemade gifts for teachers and friends or easy crafts for the little ones this book will scratch all those itches.

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