Friday, April 11, 2014

Blackberry & Creamy Goat Cheese Sticky Buns + A Giveaway

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The first glimpse of spring always leaves me eager and ready for summer. I think seeing the first batch of fruits start to come back 'round again gets my berry-clock ticking, because that's all I've been wanting to make, lately. Berries. berries. berries. So, I decided to channel my seasonal dependency into something more productive than just staring at a bunch of berries and sighing. I've always had a penchant for blackberries and creamy goat cheese, as is evidenced by this cheesecake, and my love for sticky buns has been a part of who I am for as long as I've walked this earth, so I decided to unite the two in a decadent, delicious, and swirly little pastry.

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I made a simple yeasted dough and rolled it out into a rectangle, then cut it into strips. I plopped a heaping spoonful of Vermont Creamery's creamy goat cheese mixed with a dab of honey at one end and spread a trail of crushed blackberries, cinnamon, and sugar down the rest of the strip. They got rolled up, one by one, with the goat cheese in the center and placed in a muffin pan where they proofed for a bit to puff up. Into the oven they went, and while they were baking I prepared a delicious blackberry & cinnamon syrup. After they were finished, I moved them all to a large casserole pan and poured the syrup over them, letting them sit in it to soak it up for about 2 hours until they were nice and sticky. Once they were done soaking, I peeled one from the pan, took my first bite, and went straight to berry-bun heaven. Seriously guys, these are SO. DAMN. GOOD. The cheese in the middle gets all melty and the blackberry and cinnamon flavors just sort of seep into every crevasse of the dough. And the syrup. The syrup just makes it that. much. sweeter.

Blackberry Twists | Adventures in Cooking

Aaaaaand speaking of sweet, I have a really amazing giveaway to share with you today, coordinated by the lovely Katie Webster of Healthy Seasonal Recipes! She brought together Vermont CreameryJK AdamsEffie's Homemade, and Calivirgin Olive Oil to create a joint Spring Entertaining Giveaway. The prizes include the following:

  • From Vermont Creamery: A taste of Vermont Creamery Gift Package and In a Cheesemakers Kitchen Cookbook.
  • From JK Adams: A set of Coupe Appetizer Plates (2 pieces)
  • From Calivirgin: 1 8.45 ounce bottle of roasted garlic olive oil, 1 8.45 ounce bottle of the rosemary infused olive oil and 1 8.45 ounce bottle balsamic vinegar.
  • From Effie's Homemade: 10 packages of crakers (2 oat, 2 corn, 2 nut, 2 cocoa, 2 rye)

To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway ends on April 16th at 9:00 am PST. Good luck and happy spring, everyone!!



Blackberry Twists | Adventures in Cooking

Swirl Buns


1 cup warm water
3 and ½ cups flour
¼ cup sugar
3 tablespoons of butter, softened
2 tablespoons milk, room temperature
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1 and ¼ teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Blackberry & Goat Cheese Filling


2 ounces ripe blackberries, crushed
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup creamy goat cheese
2 tablespoons honey

Blackberry Syrup


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 teasp vanilla extract
4 ripe blackberries, crushed
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon orange juice

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Begin by making the buns. Mix together all of the ingredients and knead until a smooth dough forms. Place the dough in a large bowl and cover it. Allow it to rest at room temperature away from direct sunlight for 1 hour.

While the dough is rising, you can quickly prepare the filling. In a small pot, bring the blackberries, sugar, butter and cinnamon to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. In a small bowl, mix together the goat cheese and honey until smooth, then set aside.

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Lightly grease a muffin pan and set it aside. After the dough rests, roll it out into a roughly 18x18 inch square. Then lay a ruler along one side of it and make small cuts at every 1.5 inches down the side of the square. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 12 strips along those 1.5 inch cuts. Place a tablespoon of the honey goat cheese filling at one end of the strip, then take 1 tablespoon of the blackberry mixture and spread it down the remainder of the strip, leaving a 1-inch strip at the end of the piece of dough empty to allow for sealing. 

Gently roll the strip up, starting with the goat cheese end, and roll at a very slight angle so that the center is the highest point of the bun. (Do not roll at a sharp angle, otherwise when you proof and bake the buns the tops will be too tall and they will fall over to the side instead of remaining nice and pointed upright). When you reach the end of the strip, press the empty part against the side gently to stick it in place. 

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Place the bun pointed-side up in the muffin pan and repeat until all of the buns are in the pan. Lightly cover the pan with a greased sheet of plastic wrap and allow to proof for another 45-60 minutes, or until the buns have filled up the rounds they're sitting in in the muffin pan and look a little puffy. Towards the end of the proofing, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the buns in the oven for 22-30 minutes, or until they turn golden.

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While they're baking, you can prepare the syrup. Bring all the ingredients to a boil except the orange juice. Lower to a simmer and allow to cook for 10 minutes, then remove the pot from heat, stir in the orange juice, and set aside. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing the buns from the pan and placing them in a casserole pan. Pour the blackberry syrup over the buns and allow them to sit soaking in the syrup for 2 hours. Remove them from the casserole pan and serve.



Blackberry Twists | Adventures in Cooking

Blackberry Twists | Adventures in Cooking

Blackberry Twists | Adventures in Cooking

Blackberry Twists | Adventures in Cooking

Blackberry Twists | Adventures in Cooking

Blackberry Twists | Adventures in Cooking


98 comments:

  1. These are heavenly Eva! Thank you so much for participating in the giveaway!

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  2. Yes please to this! I love goat cheese and whilst living in the UK it is all I consumed. Probably became it's own food group. I bet it makes the buns so moist and absolutely heavenly! And thank you for the giveaway opportunity!! x

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  3. These look divine! I love how they are personal sized!

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  4. These are so beautiful Eva. Photos say it all.

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  5. So glad to have found you! And I'm dying to make the sticky buns...the first recipe of yours I've seen and the first one I want to make! This could be a loooong lasting relationship...........

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  6. You my biggest photo influence as of recently, and your teaching me to cook/bake... win win!

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  7. These look delicious. I rarely have access to blackberries, but I supposed this would work with raspberries too. I wish you had more photos of the process of making the sticky buns, rather than so many of the finished ones - though they are lovely photos.

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  8. I like to serve pasta dishes and veggie platters at a party.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  9. I'm tempted to make these immediately. They've definitely made me hungry.

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  10. Condiments and dips are my favorite snacks for parties!

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  11. oh my goodnesss. i have always loved your photography and with each post, i am falling in love even more. this buns look heavenly as well.

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  12. Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh I found you through Michelle @ Hummingbird High's tweet and these are SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Putting tangy, creamy goat cheese inside morning buns?! GAH you are amazing. I loooove the combination of sweet and savory, particularly when cheese is involved (baked brie with sour cherry compote? Heaven.) Cheese and berries...currently contemplating the fastest way I can get these in my kitchen and all the other ways cheese + berries can be combined. I can't get enough of your photos--it's like looking through a magazine! Phenomenal!

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  13. PS. Baked brie is for sure among my fav food items for a party ;)

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  14. Eva these photos are gorgeous!! So excited to poke around your blog & connect with you via the giveaway :)

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  15. Amazing! Love that blackberry goat cheese filling...

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  16. Brie en croute with jam and sliced almonds is always a great appetizer!

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  17. I'm going to pretend that I didn't see this glorious recipe in anticipation of bathing suit season or else I will eat them at every meal... My favorite food items at a party are anything with fresh veggies because usually I'm looking at endless meat, cheese, cracker, and cookie platters!

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  18. I love baking for parties - everyone's got a sweet tooth!

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  19. You continually have the BEST giveaways. So fun, Eva! And I'm super excited to try and impress my foodie friends with this recipe. So unique — to die for!

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  20. Sweet lord, these are what dreams are made of!!! Please, please, please make them for me when you come home. My favorite thing to have at a party is a charcuterie board.

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  21. I love when goat cheese has a touch of sweetness! For parties I like to make little toasts with honey goat cheese, strawberries & a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

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  22. I love cheese and cracker boards for parties and then making a batch of whiskey blondies for the sweet tooth :)

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  23. These look so scrummy!
    Cheese, fruit and chocolate are always good at parties!

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  24. ohhh, i have a thing for anything with cheese. or cheesecake.
    basically anything cheese.

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  25. Oh my, could these be any more gorgeous?!!!!! Love this -- and happy to have found you through this awesome giveaway!

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  26. I love appetizers. My whole meal could be appetizers

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  27. Your photos are so incredibly gorgeous!! It is an honor to be a part of this giveaway with you!

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  28. This is absolutely stunning and wildly creative. Beautiful photos! It was so much fun being a part of this group giveaway with you!

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  29. That's a hard one... to make, probably pasta salads. To eat... anything dessert, but most especially cookies in any shape or form.

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  30. i like ritz and cheese in a can
    clearly i am a classy broad ;)
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

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  32. i'm a sucker for dips! guacamole, hummus, anything!

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  33. At parties, I'm a fan of serving smaller foods that guests can hold easier on a plate, like mini cup cakes or chocolate covered strawberries.

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  34. This is seriously amazing! The pairing of goat cheese and berries is outstanding, and I can't even imagine how wonderful they get when wrapped into yeast dough. I just recently discovered your blog. I seriously don't know how I ended up not knowing about it sooner. So happy I found this beautiful & highly inspiring space of yours.

    Have a great weekend,
    Sini

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  35. a fruit/chesse plate with crackers

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  36. These are spectacular! I love their beautiful forms. My favorite thing to serve at a party would have to either be crackers with figs and goat cheese, or asparagus spears wrapped in capicola. A bit different than the classic prosciutto!

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  37. cheese, crackers and prosecco!

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  38. These are some of the most beautiful food photos I have seen in a long time! Just stunning work. Plus, the buns look so amazing to eat. Great post. Your work is very inspiring.

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  39. pistachios, steaks and red wine! that's simply the best for me!

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  40. I like to do a simple cheese and fruit plate with crackers and maybe some veggies. The star of the show should be dessert, so that's a little more decadent. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  41. These look amazing! For parties I like to make cheese straws, they are versatile for any season.

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  42. We love homemade guacamole and loaded peach iced tea.

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  43. looks a little complicated but I am still going to try

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  44. What a great giveaway. I think my favorite drink has to be fresh sangria. Thank you.

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  45. you got a lot of lift out of your spirals, eva--those are gorgeous and undoubtedly delicious!

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  46. What a coincidence, I just grabbed all of these ingredients from the grocery store yesterday.

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  47. I usually love to make spinach artichoke dip! I have a few different recipes & variations that are delicious!

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  48. In the summertime, I always have to have sangria at a party - red or white!

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  49. My favorite party drink is a margarita.

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  50. These sound amazingly delicious! I love blackberries, goat cheese and sticky buns. I think I'm going to have to make these for Easter breakfast.

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  51. I do a great pork skewer with mango sauce...so tasty! :)
    These sticky buns look SO good...yum!

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  52. I love to do potstickers and steamed buns for parties! Also, baked brie. Swoon.

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  54. Wow, seriously beautiful photography. You have such a range of different shots and they're all gorgeous. My favourite thing to bring to a party would be bread - as lame as it sounds! Really good, crusty, homemade bread. Way better than any store bought bread!

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  55. These are stunning! My favorite thing to bring to a party is a really stunningly beautiful and rich cake. There's just something about presenting a single beautiful object to be shared visually (and gastronomically...) with all the people present that feels special. Plus I love the moment of a group cutting into a cake together to celebrate seeing friends and making new ones.

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  56. These look delicious, can't wait to try them out!

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  57. These look amazing!

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    1. I usually make caramel corn for parties…whatever else I am making, my friends always seem to want that!

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  58. Any kind of dip...I'm definitely a dipper! :)

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  59. my favorite food to have at a party is chicken dip

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  60. Margaritas and baked goods are my favorite party bites.

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  61. Holy mother, these sound so good it makes me want to cuss!

    I'm an appetizer girl all the way, so any picky foods you set down in front of me are fine by me. As for drinks, red wine, red wine, and more red wine. Although, I do love me a good Champagne cocktail.

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  62. These look and sound heavenly!! I think I already said this so many times (and believe me this is not the last!!) but I LOVE your photography! I can never decide what I like more - your photos, words or recipes, I guess those three components together make a perfect blog, you are one talented lady Eva! :-)

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  63. OMG, these sound AMAZING! Can't wait to make! :)

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  64. I really like red wine, wine and cheese is the perfect pairing!

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  65. I love a good Mexican theme with real margaritas - no mix - and fresh homemade guacamole, salsa, etc.

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  66. You have such a fabulous blog. I am so thankful for all of your recipes! You inspire me to cook more!!

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  67. Pigs in a blanket! Terrible I know but so yummy and always a crowd pleaser. Renditions like cheese and lil' smokies in perhaps even a homemade pastry dough would take it to next level heaven!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  68. I love this site because you come up with unique things that no one else ever does. Blackberry and goat cheese - what a combination! And in a sticky bun?! I've never seen this anywhere! Keep up the good work!

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  69. I love making punch for parties! It feels like one of those "party-only" things, so I get really excited about it.

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  70. For parties, I make some delicious deviled eggs! They're easy, pretty, and festive :)

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  71. I like making salads, always including some type of grain, lots of veggies, and a dressing full of healthy fats.

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  72. Favorite drink for a party is whit sangria with summer fruit!

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  73. Baked brie topped with Meyer Lemon Pepper Jelly always disappears too quickly! Served with a crisp white wine :)

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  74. Baked brie!

    Corisa
    jubinsky2114@yahoo.com

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  75. Gonna have to agree with baked brie!

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  76. Um. I can't think of a better combo, these look sooooo good. It doesn't help that I have the late-night munchies right now >.<
    My fav food for a party: gosh anything mini. And you can make almost anything mini.

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  77. I love buffalo chicken dip! hmmm. anything with cheese really

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  78. franbren@verizon.netApril 16, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    I love baked brie with crackers for a party

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  79. These look so delicious! My favorite party food is homemade pimento cheese stuffed jalapenos! Southern to the core.

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  80. These look amazing! Do you think they'd work with a gluten-free flour?

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  81. This looks incredibly delicious! Can't wait to try them now! :)

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  82. Oh, these look amazing and so delicious!

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  83. Oh dear those look good. So bad!

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  84. Eva, whilst viewing property, keep in mind your heart...you will feel what is the correct place when your heart sings. all the best in your search.

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  85. Oh my!! I will definitely make these. Love it

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