Welcome to Smells Like Home’s 1st Giveaway! That’s right…after almost 3 1/2 years of blogging, this is my first one and I’m so excited to share it with you!

If you read my Project Food Blog #4 post from yesterday showing you how to make your own English muffins from scratch via a step-by-step photo tutorial, you’ll already know how much I love Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. I’ve made a few recipes from this book in addition to the English muffins including NY-style bagels, white sandwich bread, hamburger buns and cinnamon buns and we’ve loved every one of them.

So in honor of making it to Challenge #4 (see more about this below) and for the love of all things bread, I’m giving away one copy of The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and a nifty English muffin splitter. We eat English muffins pretty much every weekday for breakfast and this splitter is a life-saver of a gadget.  No more early-morning cursing when the English muffin tears in the wrong spot while trying to wedge your fingers into the muffin!  Plus, it’s a definite nooks and crannies enhancer!

To enter:

  1. Follow Smells Like Home on Twitter then come back here to leave your Twitter name in the comments of this post…
  2. AND tell me about ONE yeast recipe you’d like to learn how to make or perfect.

The rules: Entries must be made by 10pm Eastern on Thursday October 14th, 2010.  One entry per person. One winner will be chosen at random.  The winner will be announced in a post on Friday morning.  If the winner does not respond by Monday October 18, 2010 at 9am Eastern, another will be chosen and notified.  Open to U.S. residents only.

~~~ Voting is now open for Challenge #4! Many, many thanks to all who helped me move forward to this challenge!  It was by far the most difficult one for me yet but I hope you’ll have a look at how I made my English muffins and cast your vote to help me move to Challenge #5.  Maybe you’ll be inspired to make your own! ~~~

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  • October 11, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    My twitter username is : mommablogsalot – just clicked to follow you on twitter!

    My husband loves to bake breads and has mastered a few (like homemade pizza dough) and just recently watched an Alton Brown recipe on homemade English muffins so I was thrilled to see your recipe the other day and sent it right along to him! I’d love to win this book for him so he can learn even more great recipes.

    Off the top of my head, another I’d love (for him) to try would be Portuguese sweet bread – a long time favorite of mine!

  • Jen
    October 11, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    I’m following on Twitter (homemadeholman) and I just voted for you in PFB!

    I really want to learn to make bagels – they’ve been on my list for a while now but I still haven’t got around to trying them.

  • Cheryl
    October 11, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    I’d like to learn to make homemade cinnnamon rolls!!

  • Cheryl
    October 11, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    @cherylcasperson is my twitter name and I am a follower!

  • Blair
    October 11, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    My twitter name is modestyblaize.

    I really want to perfect my grandmothers yeast rolls. I can’t even come close to how yummy hers were.

  • October 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    I’m following you on Twitter (@beantownbaker).

    I want to make some yummy whole wheat bagels…

  • October 11, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    I follow you on Twitter (@niftyfoodie). 🙂

    I want to make NOLA style french bread from scratch for po’boys!

  • October 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    I follow you on Twitter already.. @bakedbybeth

    I haven’t made English Muffins, so would love to make them..as well as bagels and croissants. Definitely need to perfect my yeast-bread skills! 🙂

  • October 11, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Tara, I already follow you on twitter. To be honest, I’d like to learn *any* yeast recipe and perfect it. Yeast terrifies me. But I’ve watched Nicole and others from Pinch My Salt bake their way through this book over the last 18 months, and I really want to try baking my way through it. I think English muffins would actually be at the top of my list, followed by good old fashioned farmhouse bread.

  • Athena
    October 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Following you on twitter: GoddessFoodie

  • Athena
    October 11, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    I would love to learn how to make any yeast breads really, but right now, learning to make sourdough ciabatta is at the top of my list.

  • October 11, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    I follow you on Twitter as CookingwithLT

  • October 11, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    We follow you! BlueEyedBakers! And we’d have to say bagels…! One of us lives in NYC and pretty much lives on them!

  • October 11, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Consider me a follower, bakerkris25. I love making bread, the smell and feel of the dough is fantastic plus the smell of fresh baking bread can’t be beat. I would really love to make a fantastic rustic crusty bread, perfect for fall and winter weather.

  • Emily
    October 11, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    I’m following you! My twitter name is emilyshinn, and one yeast recipe I’d like to master would be yeast doughnuts! YUM!

  • October 11, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Well, I’ve been following you for awhile (@ginnygetsfloury)… I want to learn to make a nicely browned (ok, almost burnt) artisian bread… and brioche…

  • Nicole W.
    October 11, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    I’m now following you on Twitter! (@marvelousfoodie)

    I would love to learn how to make bagels! There are so many possibilities with flavors 🙂

  • October 12, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    I have this cookbook and love to look through it and drool! I don’t bake but had to buy it! Your english muffins look wonderful.

  • October 12, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    I’m a new Twitter follower! (Stefibeth)

  • October 12, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    It’s a toss up between perfecting a whole-wheat sandwich bread and bagels. While the sandwich bread would be practical, who doesn’t love freshly made bagels?!

  • October 12, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    I follow you on twitter (@redheadrunswild)

  • October 12, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    I’d love to perfect pizza crust. I try at home, and it’s never the same as the pizza shop. Oh, and a good rye bread. This German girl loves rye bread.

  • October 13, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    I follow you on Twitter (@mels_kitchen)

    I would love to learn how to make bagels! Everyone that makes them says how easy they are, but they still intimidate me. 🙂

  • October 13, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Kitchenmisfit on Twitter

    I’d just like to perfect bread in general. The loaves of bread I’ve made aren’t as big and fluffy as I would like them to be!

  • Lisa B.
    October 13, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    I follow on Twitter! @LisaBerkery

  • Lisa B.
    October 13, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    I’d love to perfect my grandmother’s Bohemian dumplings. It’s only a few ingredients but they still don’t taste or have the texture like my grandmother used to make. Honestly, anything involving yeast intimidates me. 😉

  • October 14, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    I’m already following you. 🙂 I’m @clstar.

    I’d love to make challah bread. I’ve always been to scared to try for fear of messing up the braids.

  • October 14, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    *Too scared, that is.

  • October 14, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    I’malready a twitter follower – kokocooks. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at bagels. Great looking english muffins!

  • October 14, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    I know it sounds silly, but I am still trying to make the perfect pizza dough. My attempts so far have been good but lacked a flavor, they just taste like blah. I really want a dough that is crispy on the bottom, light fluffy and tastes like it doesnt even need toppings.

  • Annette D
    October 14, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    I am DYING to make focaccia bread with lots of great EVOO, rosemary and thyme. YUM!

  • Farrah
    October 16, 2010 at 10:45 PM


    My Twitter name is Farrah236.

    The one bread recipe that I would love to prefect is bagels. We *love* bagels in our house, but I have only made them once. They didn’t come out very good 🙁 They looked weird and were too dense and almost a little water logged. I have been trying to make more bread at home and would love to learn more!


  • October 20, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Following you on Twitter! bakingw_oabox

  • October 20, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Mmmm po’boy baguettes. But English muffins would be fun too.

  • October 22, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Boy I am sorry I missed this giveaway. I would love a copy of that book! Your english muffins look sooo good. Peter Reinhart recipes are great. I made a batch of muffins today from the recipe out of Crust & Crumb.

  • October 24, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    hi– just followed you – carlatreat

    and I really want to master using a sourdough starter…. I have been reading baking books but I am still chicken

  • December 4, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    I am following you on twitter. My name on there is janis_tester

  • December 4, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    The one yeasty thing that I would love to perfect is rye bread.

  • January 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    I know the contest is over but I’m going to follow you anyway. I’m anthonyshelley on Twitter. Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog with the rest of the world. 🙂

    – Anthony

  • January 23, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Just started to follow you…. – sprinklingsugar.

    I’d like to perfect the art of Challah…that’s my yeasty suggestion.