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“Wrapped Up in Christmas” out October 1st from Hallmark Publishing! 

This is a sponsored post between the Hallmark Channel and Life with Heidi, however, as always opinions are 100% my own. Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are ‘affiliate links.’ This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

“Wrapped Up in Christmas” out October 1st from Hallmark Publishing

Reading is something that I have always enjoyed doing even as young teen I could spend hours a day reading a book. While I don’t read everyday, I do spend at least an hour a week reading because it is a great way to relax and forget all your troubles. Whether you are a young adult or an empty nester like me spending time to do self-care is important all year long but especially as we head into the holiday season.

With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays comes a little more stress for us moms, but this year I’m scheduling a little more me time starting this week. One of my favorite things about the holidays is all of the Christmas movies that Hallmark plays, and each movie has a wonderful story, but this year Hallmark Publishing is giving us even more ways to relax and indulge in a Hallmark story with both novelizations as well as original novels! So get a jump on your holiday planning and give the gift of reading from my friends at Hallmark Publishing.

"Wrapped Up in Christmas" out October 1st from Hallmark Publishing! 

Wrapped Up in Christmas Book Info

A gift of warmth to heal two hearts… 

Sarah Smith in Pine Hill, Kentucky has had her heart broken in the past. She pours herself into her work at church and into special projects—like making a quilt for a wounded warrior. 

Bodie Lewis is lost. All he’s ever wanted was his career as an Army Ranger, but he was injured in an explosion that killed his brothers in arms. In the hospital, he receives a handmade quilt. Later, he sets out on his final mission: to find and thank its maker. 

Bodie expected Sarah to be an elderly lady, not a lovely young woman. When she mistakes him for a handyman, he doesn’t immediately set her straight. Instead, he sets about repairing the home she’s turning into a bed and breakfast. Sarah’s presence and the spirit of the small town bring Bodie something he thought he’d left far behind on the battlefield: hope.

About Hallmark Publishing

Now, you have even more ways to relax and indulge in a Hallmark story. The kinds of heartwarming romances and intriguing mysteries you love are now available as books! In addition to companion novels to beloved Hallmark movies, you’ll discover brand-new novels to brighten your day and leave you feeling good about life. With the same attention to storytelling that goes into every Hallmark movie, we’ll bring you new characters, relationships, romances, and intriguing mysteries. And each book includes an original recipe inspired by the story!

We’re thrilled to announce that in addition to being available in paperback and eBook, Hallmark books are now available in audiobook! Starting in 2019, all new books will be published in paperback, eBook and audiobook. 

Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe

Cinnamon Swirl Bread A Hallmark Original Recipe

In Wrapped Up In Christmas, one of the ladies at Sarah’s church is famous for her cinnamon bread recipe. Others attempt to copy it without success. Here’s that secret recipe, filled with cinnamon and covered with yummy icing. The trick to beautiful swirls is in folding the dough into thirds so you get an extra layer of the delicious cinnamon-sugar blend. This bread is perfect for a Christmas celebration, like Sarah and Bodie enjoy together, or for any time of year.

Equipment

  • To prepare dough: combine warm water, 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes or until foamy.
  • While yeast is activating, combine milk and
  • butter in small saucepan and heat briefly to melt butter. Remove from heat; cool.
  • Combine flour, 1⁄4 cup sugar, and salt in mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment and beat until fully blended.
  • Add milk/butter mixture and egg to yeast mixture and gently stir to blend. Slowly add to flour mixture and beat until dough pulls away from sides of bowl.
  • Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface; knead dough for 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl that’s either buttered or sprayed with cooking spray, cover loosely, and set in a warm, draft- free spot to rise for about 60 to 75 minutes, or until dough has doubled in size.
  • Gently punch dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Fold in the two outer sides of dough to meet in the middle, then fold in the upper and lower sides of dough to meet in the middle, forming the dough into a square shape. Cover loosely and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • To prepare cinnamon sugar: while dough is resting, combine brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon in small bowl and mix to blend. Heat butter in microwave-safe measuring cup for 30 to 45 seconds, or until melted. Reserve.
  • Grease two 9x5-inch loaf pans with butter or cooking spray.
  • With a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 26x12-inch rectangle on a lightly floured
  • surface. Brush top of dough with melted butter; sprinkle 2/3 of cinnamon sugar blend evenly over dough. Slice dough in half, forming two 13x12-inch halves.
  • For each half: fold dough into thirds, forming a 4x12-inch rectangle. Pinch outer edges of dough gently to seal seams. Roll dough out into a 7x13-inch rectangle. Brush top of dough lightly with butter and sprinkle half of remaining cinnamon sugar blend evenly over the top. Starting at long end of dough, roll up jelly roll-style. Place, seam side down, in buttered loaf pan. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover loaf pans loosely with film wrap; let rise in a warm draft-free place for 1 hour, or until almost doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 400oF.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Cover each loaf pan loosely with aluminum foil during last 20 minutes to prevent over- browning. Remove loaf pans from oven; cool for 5 minute, gently remove bread from loaf pans.
  • To prepare vanilla cream cheese spread: combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk in bowl and whisk until smooth. Add additional milk, as needed, to form a spread-like consistency.
  • Serve cinnamon bread warm with cream cheese spread.

Ingredients

  • Dough:
- 1⁄4 cup warm water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 envelope active dry yeast
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature - 4 cups bread flour
- 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 large egg, beaten
  • Cinnamon Sugar:
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup granulated white sugar
- 11⁄2 tablespoons ground cinnamon - 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Vanilla Cream Cheese Spread:
- 2 ounces cream cheese room temperature - 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 tablespoons whole milk

Instructions

  • To prepare dough: combine warm water, 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes or until foamy.
  • While yeast is activating, combine milk and
  • butter in small saucepan and heat briefly to melt butter. Remove from heat; cool.
  • Combine flour, 1⁄4 cup sugar, and salt in mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment and beat until fully blended.
  • Add milk/butter mixture and egg to yeast mixture and gently stir to blend. Slowly add to flour mixture and beat until dough pulls away from sides of bowl.
  • Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface; knead dough for 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl that’s either buttered or sprayed with cooking spray, cover loosely, and set in a warm, draft- free spot to rise for about 60 to 75 minutes, or until dough has doubled in size.
  • Gently punch dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Fold in the two outer sides of dough to meet in the middle, then fold in the upper and lower sides of dough to meet in the middle, forming the dough into a square shape. Cover loosely and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • To prepare cinnamon sugar: while dough is resting, combine brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon in small bowl and mix to blend. Heat butter in microwave-safe measuring cup for 30 to 45 seconds, or until melted. Reserve.
  • Grease two 9x5-inch loaf pans with butter or cooking spray.
  • With a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 26x12-inch rectangle on a lightly floured
  • surface. Brush top of dough with melted butter; sprinkle 2/3 of cinnamon sugar blend evenly over dough. Slice dough in half, forming two 13x12-inch halves.
  • For each half: fold dough into thirds, forming a 4x12-inch rectangle. Pinch outer edges of dough gently to seal seams. Roll dough out into a 7x13-inch rectangle. Brush top of dough lightly with butter and sprinkle half of remaining cinnamon sugar blend evenly over the top. Starting at long end of dough, roll up jelly roll-style. Place, seam side down, in buttered loaf pan. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover loaf pans loosely with film wrap; let rise in a warm draft-free place for 1 hour, or until almost doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 400oF.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Cover each loaf pan loosely with aluminum foil during last 20 minutes to prevent over- browning. Remove loaf pans from oven; cool for 5 minute, gently remove bread from loaf pans.
  • To prepare vanilla cream cheese spread: combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk in bowl and whisk until smooth. Add additional milk, as needed, to form a spread-like consistency.
  • Serve cinnamon bread warm with cream cheese spread.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe

Heidi Gray

Money saving Mom/Nan (Grandma) of 1, who loves to travel, cook, and of course spend time with family. Fun.Travel.Food not necessarily in that order serving Missouri and beyond!

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Amy D

That cinnamon swirl bread is certainly festive for the season. It looks delicious and I think my family would really enjoy it. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I will pin it.