Our weekend began with a threat! A threat of a snowpocalypse that NEVER CAME! Kids and adults alike had visions of sledding all weekend long, neighborhood hot toddy dates, and snow families being built all over our Cedar Mill neighborhoods.
On Saturday morning when we all woke up to …NOTHIN’…Facebook began to blow up with sadness and sarcasm to know end.
With all this sadness, misery and grief, I needed to feed our tears. Feed our tears with BAKED GOODS! 😝
Feeding Our Tears with BREAD!
Dinner / Bread Juggle
At 4pm, the dinner/bread juggle began.
While prepping dinner, this yummy stuffed sweet potato recipe, I begin to make 2 loaves of bread.
Dinner: I popped the potatoes in the preheated 400 degree oven and set the timer for 40 minutes.
Bread: in a small bowl, I dissolving 1 pack of yeast in 1/4 c. warm water and let it sit (approx. 10 minutes).
Dinner: veggies were chopped.
Bread: I pulled out the mixer and measured out the flour, salt & sugar into the bowl. Added the yeast mix plus 3/4 c. warm water and start the mixer on low. Once incorporated, I increased the speed to medium and let it kneed itself while I headed back to dinner prep…
Dinner: the timer for the sweet potatoes went off. I checked their doneness with a fork: still a little hard. I pop them back in, setting the timer for 10 more minutes before I headed back to those veggies I had chopped to sauté them in EVOO, adding black beans, quinoa, corn and spices.
Bread: 10 minutes later, I take the dough out of the mixer, place it in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 1 hour till doubled in size.
Dinner: Once the potatoes were soft, assembling commenced with potato, bean mix, topped with mashed avocado, S+P and some hot sauce for the adults. Our family sat down to laugh about the “massive snow outside” and roshambo on what movie we are gonna watch that night.
While the munchkins go get in their pjs, the hubbie does the dishes (Thanks hubs!) and I get back to assembling the breads.
Assembling The Bread
Bread: Roll out dough to 14″ x 18″ and start the assembly process. I made two different variations.
Cinnamon Sugar Variation:
1. Melt 4 T butter & spread over dough leaving approx. 1/2 inch around the edge. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 c. sugar. Starting at the short end, roll up and set seam side down on parchment lined baking sheet.
Cocoa Spread Variation:
2. Soften 1/2 c. Trader Joe’s Cocoa Almond Spread and spread over dough. Starting at the short end, roll up and set seam side down on parchment lined baking sheet next to other loaf.
Starting about 1″ from the end, cut the roll down the middle. (The top end needs to stay attached). Twist the the pieces so the striped inside faces UP and start twisting: take right strip and place over the left, repeat until the whole loaf is twisted. Pinch the end pieces together and tuck under the end of the loaf.
Repeat with second loaf.
Turn on oven to 350 degrees. Let braided loaves sit for 20 minutes while you get on your pjs.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the bread is browned. Wrap in foil and save till morning!
We woke up this morning and AGAIN, NO SNOW! 🙄😑. But no tears, people! We have delicious homemade bread to slice, toast and treat our bellies. Yummm!
Happy Sunday, y’all!
PS. Here’s how to save my recipe files (for a PC*):
- put the cursor arrow over the recipe graphic above.
- right click your mouse and a window will pop up.
- select: “Save image as…”
- a large window pops up. Click on DESKTOP (on left side of window)
- click “SAVE”.
- Now that file “Twist Bread.jpg” will be saved on your desktop.
- I would create a folder on your desktop titled “Recipes” and save all your recipes to that file.
To print that file:
- double-click on the file you saved to your desktop
- a window will pop up.
- right click your mouse over image
- select “Print”
- (or, press the two keyboard keys: Ctrl & P at the same time and the print window will come up).
I hope that helps y’all who’ve been trying to figure out how to save and print a file! xo!
*I will research how to do it on a MAC soon!