Guest Post Spectacular - Guest #1 - Flour Me With Love and a Giveaway

Hello everyone!!  I'm happy to announce that I'm kicking off a wonderful month full of great guests - The Guest Post Spectacular.  To celebrate 500 likes on Facebook and the guests, I am doing a fun giveaway.  I recently ordered my own set of personalized kitchen utensils from That's My Pan.  They have been so much fun to use at family gatherings.  If you would like a set of your own (personalized with your family name or blog name), enter this giveaway!!   Like our Facebook pages or leave me a comment on this post telling me your favorite holiday treat.  Then, enjoy all of the guests that I have lined up for you.  Thanks for making The Mandatory Mooch a fun place to visit!!  Nichi

a Rafflecopter giveaway Now, on to my first "spectacular" guest!!


My name is Lisa and I'm the publisher of Flour Me With Love.  I'm a stay-at-home mom to four kids and I have a passion for baking.  Life can be very hectic and I know a lot of people don't have the time to bake.  Plus some feel that it may be too complicated. I started Flour Me With Love to show everyone just how simple it is.  I show step-by-step photo tutorials and have easy to follow instructions.  I also use readily available ingredients so you'll be able to make any of the recipes on my blog.  I hope you'll stop over for a visit or follow along via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.  I want to thank Nichi for asking me to do a guest post, it was a lot of fun!Apple Fritter Bread

If you like apple fritters then you'll love this bread!  I tried rolling the dough, like cinnamon bread, however the texture wasn't right.  So even though this may look somewhat complicated to make, it's not.  You get all the flavors of an apple fritter, the texture and the wonderful glaze baked into one big bread.  We ate ours warm and it is delicious!

Ingredients are as follows:

3 C flour
1 package yeast
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C brown sugar
1/4 C water
1 egg, beaten
3/4 C milk
1/4 C butter

6 small apples, peeled & diced
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 C brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. cornstarch

1 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C powdered sugar
3 tsp. half & half (or milk)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 5 bread pan. 

In a skillet, cook apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, vanilla, butter, cinnamon & cornstarch until mixture is thickened.  Set aside to cool.

Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles; remove from heat. Add the butter and stir until melted; set aside.

Put flour, yeast, brown sugar and salt in a bowl, mix well.

Add the water, egg and milk/butter mixture.

Mix until dough forms into a ball; knead for an additional five minutes.

On a well floured surface, roll dough into a rectangle. 

Evenly spread apple mixture over dough.

Cut dough into even squares (I got 20 from my dough).

Carefully stack pieces of dough onto each other forming four piles.                                      (use a spatula, it makes stacking much easier!)

Place piles of dough into prepared pan.

Bake 45-50 minutes; until golden brown.  Immediately remove from pan.

Mix butter, vanilla and powdered sugar into a bowl.  Add half & half; stir until you get a creamy consistency. 

Pour on glaze and allow to setup for a few minutes.

Pull some apart and enjoy!


  1. My favorite holiday treat is the english toffee my mom makes every year...melt in your mouth addictive!

  2. And by the way: this bread looks YUUUUUUMMMYYYYY!!!!!

  3. It's sure hard to pick just one holiday treat favorite! I would have to say anything my Grandmother used to make. I sure miss her treats and others making her recipies, just isn't the same.

    Congratulations on 500, Nichi!! Thanks for including all 500 of us in your celebration with this cool giveaway!!

  4. Congrats on the 500, the bread lood so good, but looks like to much work for me, favorite holiday treat Queen Annes Chocolate covered cherries YUMMY, what a great unique giveawy, Thanks

  5. Making a Gingerbread House is my favorite treat.

  6. My favorite Christmas treat is peppermint hot cocoa! This bread is amazing! I never would have guessed you cut it and stacked it in the pan to get that great pull-apart feel. My husband loves apple deserts, so this would be a huge hit with him. I think the rest of the family would love it, too! SO glad you guest -posted today,Lisa! Pinning!

  7. *FYI* the Flour Me with Love FB link in Rafflecopter did not work. {I liked the page directly from FB}

  8. Thank you so much for allowing me to do the guest post, it is greatly appreciated :) My favorite holiday treat is Pineapple Cream Cheese Braid. Congratulations on 500 ;)

  9. Looks delicious! Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite holiday treat is Peach Cobbler!

  10. My favorite holiday treat is pumpkin bread, I just love it! thanks for the giveaway!

  11. My new favorite and that iof my family is magic cookies, they can't get enough of them. I also love hot chocolate with a candy cane sticking out of the marshmallow cream, always a nice little winter treat.

  12. My favorite is anything pumpkin :)

  13. My favorite holiday treat are date ball cookies.

  14. I love all the holiday cookies that are found everywhere!!! :)

  15. My favorite holiday treat is cut out cookies

  16. Congratulations on 500 fans :) My favorite holiday treat is anything peppermint and/or chocolate!

  17. Ohhh so hard to choose just one! I'd have to say Oreo Balls! Yum!!!

  18. My favorite holiday treat is and was always Fudge:)

  19. My fav Christmas treat are Buckeyes!


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