April 01, 2013

Le Creuset French Oven Giveaway & Easter Bread

Hurrah! It's April and I'm so thrilled to announce my sponsor of the month is, drumroll please.... Le Creuset!! Le Creuset has generously donated one of their gorgeous enamelled cast iron French Ovens in their new seasonal colour: Soleil... and man have we ever needed a little soleil around these parts lately. So if you need a little brightening up in your world too, one lucky Kitchen Vignettes reader is going to receive a very sunny and special delivery at the end of this month, and it could be you! Details on how to enter the draw are below.


I have been drooling over Le Creuset cookware for as long as I can remember. There is just something that makes me feel like all is well in the world when there is a heavy-duty brightly coloured pot of fragrant stew simmering away on my stove. Their outstanding craftsmanship ensures even heat distribution and seals in moisture and flavours. Of course, they aren't cheap, but they are so worth the investment. I was actually lucky enough to get my own two prized Le Creuset wares with my aeroplan points. Forget travel rewards, I'll take Le Creuset over a free flight any day! Their French Ovens are unparalleled for soups and stews and, of course... no-knead bread.

Here is a recap my no-knead bread recipe video, starring a very sunny and well-loved Le Creuset French Oven, and oh, a very fuzzy and well-loved kitty too.



Yesterday, I made a special 'Easter version' of my no-knead bread, with the addition of candied lemon peel, currants, walnuts, and a hint of honey. And I think it just may be the best bread I've ever made. Ever. To get the basic no-knead bread recipe, featured in the video, click here. To get my Easter no-knead bread recipe, scroll below.

Now, to enter the draw to win the lovely 4.3L French Oven (valued at $330), here's what you need to do:

1) Tell a friend or family member about Kitchen Vignettes, and get them to either 'like' my Facebook page, or subscribe to this blog by e-mail (see right-hand sidebar). Both you and your friend will be entered into the draw. 

2) To be eligible for the draw, please leave me a comment below letting me know you and your friend (include their name) have entered the contest. 

3) The more people you introduce, the more ballots you will get. For instance, if you introduce 5 new people, your name will be entered in the draw 5 times.

***This giveaway can only be shipped within Canada or the United States.***

Cut-off time for entering the draw is 5pm Atlantic time, April 30th. I will draw a name at random and announce the winner that evening. Good luck everyone and stay tuned for the May giveaway!



Easter No-Knead Bread

2 cups white unbleached flour
1 cup spelt flour
1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup dried currants
2 tbsp. finely chopped candied lemon peel
1/2 cup walnuts
1 tsp honey
Cornmeal to sprinkle on bottom of French Oven

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, salt, and add 1 5/8 cup water. Stir together to obtain a sticky dough. Cover the bowl with a lid or plate and allow to sit on your kitchen counter for about 20 hours. 

After more or less 20 hours, your dough should be nice and bubbly. Add in the currants, lemon peel, walnuts, and honey. With your hand (best) or a wooden spoon, mix well for about 2 to 3 minutes. Put the dough back in the bowl and cover. Allow dough to rise for about 2 hours.

Put your lidded French Oven in the oven and preheat to 450 F. Any oven-proof lidded pot will do, but a French Oven will work best. Allow your lidded pot to heat up in the oven for about 15 minutes. Remove and sprinkle cornmeal at the bottom of the piping hot pot. Gently but quickly drop the bread dough down into the pot and immediately place the lid back on. Give the pot a little shake if the dough is unevenly distributed. Return to the hot oven and bake with lid on for 30 minutes. Then turn temperature down to 400, remove the lid, and bake for another 20 minutes or until the loaf is a deep golden brown and has a hard crust. 

Allow your loaf to cool on a rack for at least one FULL hour before slicing into it. Otherwise, the bread may be gummy. After an hour, slice away and enjoy!


83 comments:

  1. If I get two friends to Like you, may I please have your chopping board as well as the French oven?

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    1. hahaha, sure, if you get 1 more, I'll throw in my wooden spoon and potato peeler as well!

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    2. Hi there: two new entries Caroline Pilon (myself) and Cami Prud'Homme Nadelle

      Thanks for doing this!

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  2. I got two new recruits: Juliet Stevenson and Elly Abramovitch.

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  3. And two more! Stella Sehn and Sandra Brunner. At least I think. They liked my plea to sign up on MY FB page at least.

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  4. And Kendra Boychuk. Can you tell how much I want this?

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  5. Jill Campbell-Miller2 April 2013 13:28

    Hey Aube, looks like I have stiff competition, but I had my friend Lacey Organ "like" your facebook page. You do such beautiful work! If you are ever get back to Halifax let me know!

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  6. Hi Aube,

    Michelle Scrimgeour-Brown, Ann Valentini and Max Ryan have liked your facebook page. Susan Scrimgeour comes via Michelle...

    be on the look out for Terri Jo Tollis and Sharon Gilbert. I'll let you know if my other friends join your fan base xo ange (valentinigirl)

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  7. Both Phil Tran and I like you on Facebook! Thanks for the opportunity =)

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  8. The bread is in the oven as I write, alas in a normal steel pan (I think I feel the way you do about La Creuset- iron bliss). You got some new likes, from Sabina Marchetti, Anne Sophie Cardinal, Pan Erhardt. And you have compliments too! I love how you came out with this fantastic blog, and I believe in you strongly. Bisoux ♡

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  9. Khanh Tran suggested I check out your blog - love the video and your cat

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  10. I liked your page on Facebook! I also introduced you to Kelly Kelly and Cheryl Hess, who both liked your Facebook page as well! Great blog!

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  11. Chris Savage4 April 2013 09:42

    Liked! Also Brooke van Mossel-Forrester! Thanks for the great videos, they're super inspiring!

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  12. awesome giveaway, love that yellow color!

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  13. Well, I liked your page a while back and just got my partner, Dominic Demers to like it too!

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  14. i got 4 friends to like your page. elaine bolduc, julie bolduc, laurie bolduc and carol denny

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  15. Wow, I LOVE your blog! My sister, Emily Leeson, introduced me to it, and we both liked it on fb. Thanks! :)

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  16. I just came across your blog (introduced myself :) and can't wait to make this bread! Also liked it on facebook.

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  17. I just liked you on facebook and subscribed so I could get my entry! This is gorgeous! -Katie

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  18. My husband Michael and I just liked your page! I love the no knead bread recipes!

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  19. I'm entering because Jenny McGruther just posted your page on Nourished Kitchen. Thanks!!

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  20. I (Megan Massaro) liked you and my friend Emily Van Nort liked you too!

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  21. Anne Biris and my friend Kathleen Barber like your page!

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  22. Vicki Davidson and I both are in! I asked her to follow. :)

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  23. Ooh, Erin Smith also! Yay.

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  24. Awesome giveaway (great fb page too!). I came via Christine Elsdon.

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    1. Sent Hope Burnside-Smith to you FB page:)

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  25. love your blog, and your give-away!
    i shared with Melissa elsdon earlier

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  26. Laura Vervaeke14 April 2013 12:13

    Hello!

    Libby Vervaeke and Laura Vervaeke liked your page!! This is an excellent blog, thank-you!!

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  27. Hi Aube, Interesting workshops at the market yesterday. Shared your blog with Laura Vervaeke and Alison Vervaeke. PS Loved your felted hat!

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  28. Hi, Merkse Wanderwoodsen and Ruby Crumble in the running for sunny Le Creuset and dreamy future bread baking. Great blog, thanks!

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  29. Hi there, Khizer Ashraf and Brian Schwarz like your facebook page - fun blog with great pics! Thank you :-)

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  30. Very much liked by Sarah Anderson, and Julian van Mossel-Forrester too.

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  31. Leigh and Carol have entered your generous contest........I (Leigh) was introduced to your blog when you were at Hope's Edge Farm.....( I have very dear friends there )..........I am grateful to have discovered your words, pictures and your wonderful videos that always have the perfect music choice.......... I am always exited when a new post appears....!

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  32. Excitedly entered by Christine Porcaro and Robyn Baylor!

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  33. Also added Adrienne Ball!

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  34. Entered Gregory Pratt and myself! I heart Le Creuset and have been drooling over their cookware for a decade!

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  35. I've got one :) Morgan schloegl

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  36. I like you on facebook as christine hammer weideman and got Autumn Weideman to like you as well! I love Creuset and want one so bad!

    sunnybrookdc1@yahoo.com

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  37. I liked, Dana Lindzon, and my mom, Rhoda Lindzon, the ultimate foodie in my life, and my greatest inspiration!!!

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  38. I am new myself (subscribed to this box: annazed10 [at] yahoo [dot] com + I like you on facebook as Margot Core), but I'm pretty sure that you don't count me as adding myself.

    So! I got my friend Greg Chisholm (agregc (at) gmail (dot) com) to sign up too. He's actually a better cook than I am.

    Now we're not sure if he's supposed to post too or not! Is he?

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    1. Hi Anna, no that's ok, Greg doesn't have to post, he's already entered in the draw, as are you. So long as people let me know who they've entered, then I can keep track, so you're all good to go :-) Thanks so much for the follows and good luck!

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  39. I have always wanted one of these!
    (Adam Reilly too)

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  40. My boyfriend (Ryan Dzoic) and I have just added your email subscription.... We love the blog!!!

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  41. monika dzoic and natalie redman have also liked you on Facebook!

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  42. Corina fizzard, Kristen Westelaken, brianne Spehar, and Kelly moss liked you on Facebook too !!

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  43. love the blog!! and Le Creuset!! Shane Lopes and Doris Jelacic

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  45. i've reccomended tina maria to like your page! x

    vittoria@the-beautiful-things.com

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  46. Jaimee McAllister19 April 2013 20:42

    Both my mother, and myself have subbed to your blog, and liked you on facebook :)
    slip_of_the_knot666@hotmail.com

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    1. Jaimee McAllister19 April 2013 20:43

      My moms name is Barb McAllister

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  47. i like you on facebook! name: Tina Maria

    Thanks so much!
    Tina
    shine0914@gmail.com

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  48. Hilary Tooton20 April 2013 11:10

    Love the blog and can't wait to try some of the recipes.
    I'd be thrilled to win a Le Cruset pot!
    Both my mother in law (MJ Ward) and I (Hilary Tooton) have liked you facebook.
    Thanks very much!

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  49. Chuck Wickens, Jenny Perrott, and Emily Blakidis all liked you on Facebook :)

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  50. My mother and I subscribed to your blog thank you! Ashleynhotchkiss(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. Hi. My husband and I have subscribed to your lovely blog! Thx!

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  52. I am a new follower on Facebook (Crystal Schmidt). Also, I got my mother to subscribe to your blog through email (lori54701yahoo)! Thanks!

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  53. Ooh, got my sis too! (she said she subscribed through email with joeykatz15atyahoo)! Thanks!

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  54. I got Steph Vos to like the page

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  55. Myself Amanda Wytas-Ackermann and my mother in-law Peggy Ackermann - shared on FB too!

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  56. My husband too - Robert Ackermann

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  57. Love the cookware and the colour dose imply spring

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  58. I liked your page. And sent over my mom Shelly Rothmeyer

    HarajukuGirl92@gmail.com

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  59. Beth Lin, Adam Lin, and Susan Ritter - we all liked your page. Thanks!

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  60. Oh and I'm Beth Lin by the way...not sure what I did to make it say anonymous :-)

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  61. Sarah Fisher and Melody Hillman liked your page!

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  62. Melissa Rose Canaday (me!), Kelly Rose Mukomela and Terry Lynch Soule all liked your facebook page!

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  63. Melissa Rose Canaday again...please add Russ Ndg and Sofia Maria Sharpe to the Facebook fan count!

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    1. Oops...one more for the MRC facebook count: Melissa Boan Wahl.

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  64. Leigh is adding kevin ...thanks

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  65. I liked your page on facebook; I also had Cole register his email address and I registered mine as well!

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  66. I liked your page on facebook. Lindsay Cross and I are both in!

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  67. I liked your Facebook page and referred my friend Johanna Boydell!

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  68. I liked your FB page(Michelle Darensbourg) and I referred it to my friends. I know Varuna Darensbourg 'liked' it too.

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  69. My friend Jeanine Jiron Magana just 'liked' your page too. :)

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  70. Hey Aube, Colin Proctor and I have now both liked you and would LOVE to win your beautiful Le Creuset and take it on TV with us! www.youtube.com/madewithlovechannel You too - if you are ever out west come cook on the show with us! xo

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  71. I and my friend Jennifer Swansburg like you!!!!

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  72. Hi --I am subscribed and entered! newkiwi

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