I first started Joy the Baker because I wanted partners in baking. Strange really, considering that when I started Joy the Baker I was working as a baker in a rowdy kitchen. Still, I would find myself coming home in the middle of the afternoon, still looking around for people to bake with. Maybe I was a little obsessed…
Where do obsessed people go to find friends that understand them? The Internet… obviously.
(What feels like) ages ago I joined an online baking group called The Daring Bakers. Every week a different member would bring the group a new and challenging recipe, we’d all make it, post the results and photographs on our respective blogs, and otherwise totally dork out on our accomplishments.
Being part of The Daring Bakers was instrumental in helping me grow my blog audience, helping me make great baking friends online, and helping me realize that I really should never attempt to make a baguette in my home oven ever again… all really important things.
Now, I wanted to bring some of that community spirit back to Joy the Baker! I want us to take on baking challenges, get in the kitchen, and share all the goodness that comes out! We’re partnering with King Arthur Flour on a 4- part baking challenge called BAKING BOOTCAMP! You guys… this is going to be good! The goal is to learn the differences between the most popular flours we use in the kitchen, and to get in the kitchen (each and every one of us) and take on 4 different baking challenges with new knowledge and confidence under our apron strings!
Four Flours + Four Recipes Challenges + One Instagram #bakingbootcamp
+ Four Awesome Sets of Prizes!
The idea is simple!
• Make this braided Triple Berry Cinnamon Swirl Bread (it’s sooooo good!) and take a picture of your creation!
• Follow @joythebaker and @kingarthurflour on Instagram
• Photograph your beautiful braided bread and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #bakingbootcamp
• When you submit a photo, you’ll be entered to win a one year supply of King Arthur Flour and a Baking Essentials box valued at $250!! Official rules and details can be found here.
I’ll be answering questions and sharing your photographs here on Joy the Baker. By entering the challenge you’ll also have amazing cinnamon swirl bread in your kitchen, so… you really can’t lose.
Let’s get started!
Here’s what you’ll need for our Cinnamon Swirl Bread Baking Bootcamp:
1 • King Arthur All-Purpose Flour is perfectly soft and reliably sturdy for this braided bread.
2 • I use this King Arthur Flour Bench Scraper just about everyday in my kitchen. It’s perfect for scraping little dough bits from the countertop… something a sponge just pitifully attacks. You might also use the bench scraper as a knife to slice though the center of the rolled dough. It’s sharp too! I love this tool!
3 • Kitchen fashion is important to me. Hedley & Bennett understands my needs for a functional, durable, totally chic apron. Not too frilly. I always want to be more badass than 50′s housewife-y in the kitchen.
4 • My Cast Iron Skillet are a staple in my everyday kitchen. Some are more successfully seasoned than others, but I try to keep some cast iron specifically for savory and other just for sweets.
5 • Having Colorful Mixing Bowls is the kitchen equivalent of having a great black dress in your closet. Necessary treat.
6 • Powdered Sugar Sifter because dumping it straight from the bag onto our finished bread is way more dramatic and clumpy than we want it to be.
7 • I inherited a Marble Rolling Pin from a family friend and now I don’t know how I’ve gone without one for so long! This piece has great weigh and can be chilled in the refrigerator prior to rolling to keep our doughs more amiable.
8 • Don’t skimp on Good Silicone Spatulas. The ones that melt along with the butter are just infuriating.
9 • Is it normal to have a completely mismatched set of Measuring Cups, or should I just treat myself to a matching set like this? Don’t answer that…
10 • Same goes for the Measuring Spoons… it’s nice to have a full matching set.