Sunday, 28 October 2018

Slow cooker comfort food - Cinnamon Bread

I'm linking up with The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

It's a dismal day here in Chef Boutonne - cold and rainy with no sign of our blue skies returning any time soon. For the past few days we've able to wander over to one of our neighbour's pitches and bask in their sunshine, but no one's outside today if they can help it! In fact, now that the half term holiday is all but over, I'd say only maybe a half dozen of the thirty-odd static caravans here are even inhabited. Several people have already headed further south for the winter and I think we will shortly be following them!

In the meantime though, the chill has turned my mind to inddor crafts and comfort food (and huddling up with a book or six, of course). I spent an afternoon cutting worn out t-shirts into narrow spirals to make lengths of t-shirt thread. I'm now crocheting those threads into a recycled rug which will (hopefully) cut out some of the icy air rising up through the floor. I'll blog a pic or two if I get it completed before we leave.

I also made a first attempt at baking Cinnamon Bread in my slow cooker. It went very well and I was happy with the result. An easy recipe that didn't need any fancy ingredients, this is something I can see myself making fairly regularly. I veganised This Recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction and didn't bother with the greaseproof paper because I don't have any! So soy milk in lieu of dairy milk, vegetable oil spread instead of butter, and 5 tbsps of aquafaba to relace the egg. Otherwise all as per Sally's instructions. Except I didn't make the icing either - partly because the bread seemed sweet enough and partly because by the time the loaf had cooled enough to ice we'd already eaten quite a chunk!

In bookish news and linking up with What Are You Reading at The Book Date I'm nearly finished with Macbeth by Jo Nesbo, the latest in the Hogarth Shakespeare retellings series. I was quite excited for this when I first downloaded it, but am now sadly feeling underwhelmed. Nesbo has transposed the story to a dying 1970s Scottish town and that aspect is nicely done although I couldn't say the portrayal particularly screams 1970s. However, for me, the characters are too flat and there is far too much obvious exposition. If one more person starts a sentence with 'as you know' I am going to literarily slap them! Full review to be published on Literary Flits on Tuesday.

Giveaways closing soon
29th Oct: Clockwork Dollhouse by Jordan Elizabeth ebook
31st Oct: For authors, add your book links here for the chance to win a free Literary Flits Spotlight post. One winner drawn each month.
31st Oct: Signed copy of Reprobation by Catherine Fearns plus gift pack
1st Nov: Signed copy of I Know You Like A Murder by Amy L Sauder
1st Nov: $20 Amazon gift card

On my other blogs this week were:

Literary Flits
Reprobation by Catherine Fearns Spotlight + Giveaway + Excerpt
Divide And Rule by Rachel McLean Spotlight
Zone 23 by C J Hopkins Spotlight + Excerpt
I Know You Like A Murder by Amy L Sauder Spotlight + Giveaway
Love Punked by Nia Lucas Spotlight + Excerpt
In Your Hands by Ines Pedrosa review
La Perle by John Steinbeck review

Artisan Rainbow
Apple Bird Feeder by Wood Sage Design
Autumn Leaves Brooch by Noseytoes Creations
Geometric Door Stop by From Rags To Bags
Crocheted Dragon Toy by Bitzas
Swarovski Crystal Pendant by Oi Shiny
Gingham Hot Water Bottle Cover by Crochet Twenty One
Rainbow Fudge by Iced N Sliced

I'll leave you with some pics from sunnier Dartmoor days ...


  1. Yum! I never thought to try making cinnamon rolls in the slow cooker before. I'm going to have to check out this recipe and give it a try.

    1. We've not got an oven in our motorhome so I'm trying to find slow cooker alternatives and its amazing how versatile a cooking method it is

  2. The cinnamon bread looks so good. I'm going to have to try it. Those are beautiful pictures. Have a great week!

  3. Yum. That cinnamon bread looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the pictures :)

    1. It certainly was delicious, and very moreish :-)

  4. Oh that looks really good. I love cinnamon rolls. I have a bread machine that will make the dough for me so all I have to do is roll it out and bake it.

    1. I wore out my bread machine and haven't got around to replacing yet because they are quite expensive. All the kneading is good for keeping my bingo wings in check though!

  5. Mmm cinnamon bread sounds nice. Glad it turned out well! And it's been the same here- cold, rainy and windy.

    I love the Dartmoor pics- especially that first one!

    1. Thanks Greg :-) Dartmoor is wonderfully photogenic on sunny days

  6. I want to learn to make cotton rugs. Yes to baking and reading in the autumn! Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. It's basically cutting up old t-shirts in a long spiral (which hurts my hand if the scissors aren't sharp enough!) to make the 'thread', then crocheting as normal, but with a huge hook :)

  7. I'm going to have to try out that cinnamon bread! I've been looking for quick and easy things to bake and the recipe seems perfect for that!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Slow cooker baking is great, especially for me as I'm easily distracted. It takes work to really overcook a slow cooker recipe!! Baking Queen 74 is my go to blog for recipes, though this bread wasn't one of hers

  8. That cinnamon bread looks so good! I love the photos you shared. Have a great week!