It’s finally here! Can you believe I have been bending your ear with this blog for a year, now!!?? I can’t tell you how fun it has been for me to “meet” all of you along the way. To celebrate, I’m kicking off our new series, A Homemade Holiday. We’re going to start with some delicious recipes and fantastic kitchen products. We’ll move quickly into Thanksgiving and Christmas projects to decorate your home and holiday tables, gifts you can make simply and frugally and continue with delicious recipes to make your meals, celebrations and entertaining a smashing success. There will be picture tutorials for each project and I hope you will all find ways to make your holidays about family and fun, without stressing the family budget. An investment of your time and heart will save money AND build memories. I’m looking forward to sharing in your homemade holiday!
King Arthur Flour has long been my “go to” place to shop for supplies and for information, recipes and tips when it comes to bread baking. Ingredients that I was not able to find in my local small town stores were easily available from them, online and were delivered right to my front door! Woohoo! Over the years, more and more King Arthur products have shown up on the shelves in our stores, so I can pick them up on a regular shopping trip, but I still shop online for their unique specialty products. I’m so excited that they have agreed to participate in our A Homemade Holiday series and I know you are going to be, too!
Everything from grain to specialty flours, quality spices to baking mixes, kitchen tools to bakeware can be found at King Arthur Flour. Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour is one of their newest products! I love how they see a need and then strive to meet it. Are you in the market for a grain mill, bread machine or a stand mixer? You can find them there. You can also learn about specific ingredients — what they are, how to use them and how they will work in a recipe. Recipes are kitchen-tested and cover every baking category you can imagine. You can even subscribe to The Baking Sheet, a fantastic 24-page newsletter that’s published six times per year or take advantage of their many online education opportunities to fine tune your skills in the kitchen and learn new techniques.
When a King Arthur catalog shows up in my mailbox, I have to do some pretty fancy footwork to get to be the first to read it. 🙂 It’s chock-full of fantastic kitchen gadgets, recipes (with pictures) and products that make you want to get out to the kitchen and create a flour cloud! 🙂 My husband is a fan of gadgets of any variety and insists a cookbook isn’t really a cookbook without pictures, so if I’m not quick, I have to wait until he has finished with the new catalog before I can pour over it. I love the information and tips I can glean from it and often the gift items and kitchen tools are so unique, I have not seen them anywhere else. You could literally polish off your Christmas list, even the hard-to-buy-for people, with some unique and inspiring presents that will be practical AND fun!
I received a magnificent sampling of King Arthur products to review and share with you, plus I will be highlighting many of the King Arthur products already in my kitchen. The review package (and the set that a Busy-at-Home reader will receive) contained:
- 5 lbs. King Arthur Unbleached All Purpose Flour – This is an unbleached, unbromated flour with 11.7 % protein. Unbromated means that it has a higher than average amount of protein and contains no potassium bromate. It’s an excellent choice in all your typical baking projects.
- 5 lbs. King Arthur Unbleached White Whole Wheat Flour – My family normally eats just about anything. I have never had a problem with finicky eaters, however, my husband flatly refused to eat whole wheat bread until I switched to King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour. The flour is milled from hard white spring wheat and is ground more finely than other whole wheat flours. This means that the finished product has a lighter color and smoother texture, both of which won my husband over. Now, I can provide the nutrition he needs from whole grain, in products that taste delicious! For bread baking, the only thing that would switch me from this flour would be the magical appearance of a Nutrimill Grain Mill in my kitchen :), so I could grind my own fresh white spring wheat flour. Since that is not currently in the budget, I can still have the best flour for my family using King Arthur Unbleached White Whole Wheat. It’s perfect for us!
- 2 lbs. King Arthur Unbleached Cake Flour Blend – Bake high-quality, moist and delicious cakes, without the added chemicals and bleaching of many other available brands.
- 6 Bake and Give Wooden Bakers – I love these wooden baking pans! Bake in them, wrap the cooled product and decorate with a ribbon or a ruffle and have a wonderful gift that looks better and saves the cost of purchasing a gift bag. These are not the tiny little mini-loaves that we are used to. Each basket measures 7″ x 4″ x 2 ½” and can hold up to 2 ½ cups of batter, though I personally had better luck with about 2 cups. Bread bakes up into beautiful, generous loaves that are smaller than full-sized but large enough to be a welcome and substantial gift. They are made from poplar wood and assembled with heat resistant glue. The pans are not reusable for baking, but I have a few project ideas that they will be great for, even after they have outlived their baking usefulness!
- Set of 24 White Tulip Papers – These cupcake/muffin tin liners add a dainty, dressy feel to your baking. Add a narrow ribbon bow for a quick gift or to create pretty favor cups for a wedding or bridal shower.
- Set of 12 Bake and Give Mini Round Pans with Lids – These ingenious little paper baking pans are 4″ in diameter and perfect for a mini cheesecake, single cinnamon roll, personal fudge brownie — you get the idea. They come with their own clear, snap-on, plastic lids to let the happy recipient see the beautiful gift inside. They would also be a simple way to serve perfectly portioned individual desserts at a get-together. Just like the wooden bake and give pans above, they make a great gift presentation and the recipient never has to worry about returning dishes or bakeware.
- The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion Cookbook – This beautiful, 500-page, hardcover cookbook is a cookie-lover’s dream! Whether you love the traditional or like to experiment and try something more exotic, it has recipes for every taste and skill level. Beautiful color picture insets sprinkled through the book, portray many of the sweet goodies and the cookbook is loaded with illustrations and diagrams, tips and information that will help you be successful with any recipe you try. The text is divided into nine categories of cookies : chocolate chip, sugar, oatmeal, molasses, peanut butter, shortbread, biscotti, brownies, and decorated cookies. A comprehensive index at the back of the book makes finding specific recipes quick and easy. Do you like your chocolate chip cookies soft and chewy or crisp and crunchy? Find recipes that accommodate both. How about ginger cookies? Are you a “snap” kind of person or chewy? Ever tried biscotti, but been afraid it was too difficult to make at home? From drop cookies to rolled and cut-out cookies for the holidays, you’ll find the perfect treat to tame your next cookie craving.
Because of King Arthur’s amazing generosity, one Busy-at-Home reader will be baking right along with me, through this series, using the same marvelous products, I listed above. The recipes are coming very soon, in separate posts, but the giveaway begins, today!!!
You must reside in the United States and be 18 or older to enter. The mandatory entry must be completed before any additional entries will be counted. Deadline to enter is midnight (CST) on Sunday, November 7. Winner will be selected by random drawing utilizing random.org.
Visit King Arthur Flour, find a product, baking tip or ingredient that you weren’t familiar with before and would like to try. Leave a comment and tell me what it is. (Warning: this website is addicting to hard-core kitchenistas :). Remember to take a break from your exploring to come back here and leave a comment.) Have fun!
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That’s ten opportunities to win some fabulous gifts for your kitchen! Be watching for the first baking projects using some of them. I’m going to add Pumpkin Bread, Zucchini Bread and Chocolate Banana Swirl Bread to your recipe boxes!
I received the set of products listed above in order to conduct reviews, now, and in upcoming recipe posts. A positive review was not required and no monetary compensation was received. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.