My husband and I celebrated our 2nd year of marriage June 5th 2009. He cooked steaks on the grill and made the baked potatoes. I cooked the corn and made the dessert. I must admit this came out so well! I almost thought the bread was not going to double. So I put it in the oven and turned on the light. That seems to do the trick for us when bread just doesn’t want to rise.
How we met:
Myspace. Yes we met via myspace. I was in Civil Air Patrol and one of the Cadets kept nagging me to get a Myspace. I was reluctant to get one. One day I signed up and found a lot of old friends. At some point I gave up on meeting anyone. I was convinced there was just no one for me.
Brian had come back from Iraq and he was hanging out with a friend in the barracks. They were both drunk and his friend said ‘you need a girl friend’ and signed him up on Myspace.
Brian’s friend messaged me.
Hi, How are you?
When I read the message I checked out Brian’s profile and saw that he was in the Army and thought ugh…. not another Army guy. I was prone to getting lurid messages from guys and quite a few were in the military. Then I re read his message and a voice in the back of my head *cough* my mothers ‘ Don’t judge a book by its cover’… something in my gut told me to write back.
I wrote back and gave him my yahoo messenger name.
We wrote to each other for two weeks before he asked me out. To test and see if he would run away like all the others I said okay only if he met my parents , whom I lived with, and he said okay. There was no hesitation and I thought hmm.
When he picked me up he was well dressed and he took me out to Carabas. This was my first real date to a nice restaurant. We went to see underworld. I did not want to pick a chick flick and cause him to run away…even though I hate blood and guts. I think I spent a majority hiding in his shoulder though he did not mind ;).
Two weeks later I was writing my second psychology paper for the night Valentines day 2006. He messaged me saying he had to go do some Army stuff and I said okay. I did not suspect anything. I was typing away…. so lost in thought when there was a knock at the door I was startled… I called for my mom to get the door. She was hemming a prom dress for the girl in the apartment down the hall. I figured she had come over to pick it up.
Then my mom said its for you. I looked up and I saw him. I panicked… I was wearing a long T-shirt….where my desk was I could see from my bedroom down the hall straight to the door. I asked him to turn around and he did…. I ran to my closet pulled on some pants and went to meet him. He brought roses and a card. He did not have to bring me flowers or a card but he did. I remember that day so vividly.
I knew he was going to be someone special in my life.
My favorite quote is from a Halmark channel movie with Katherine Heigl ” Love comes softly”
“You know, sometimes love isn’t fireworks. Sometimes, love just comes softly. ”
This describes Brian and I . We grew to love each other slowly. He is my best friend … the one I look forward to seeing in the morning, coming home to in the evening, and laying next to each other at night. I love talking late at night when we can’t sleep, spraying him with the water hose when we water the plants every day, and how he can make me feel so loved by kissing my forehead.
Alright I know… enough with the mushy stuff…onward to the yummy food!
This bread is amazing!!! It is almost completely gone in one week! My husband described the smell like heaven. I hope you enjoy this as much as I have.
Yield: one 9 x 5″ loaf
For the dough:
2¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
¼ cup granulated sugar
2¼ tsp. instant yeast
½ tsp. salt
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/3 cup whole milk
¼ cup water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
For the filling:
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
To make the dough, combine the flour, sugar, yeast and salt in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook. Combine the butter and milk in a small saucepan and heat just until the butter is melted. Set aside and let cool briefly, until the mixture registers 115-125˚ F on an instant-read thermometer. Add the milk mixture, water, vanilla and eggs to the mixer bowl. Mix on low speed until a cohesive dough forms. Continue to knead until smooth and elastic, adding additional flour as needed 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough clears the sides of the bowl and is tacky but not sticky. Knead about 3-5 minutes. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat, and cover. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. (After the dough has doubled, it can be wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before proceeding.)
While the dough rises, add the butter to a small saucepan and melt until browned. Set aside. Combine the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl and mix well.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and gently deflate.
Roll into a ball, cover with a clean towel and let rest for 5 minutes.
Roll the dough out into an approximately 12 x 20-inch rectangle.
Brush the dough with the browned butter. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the dough in an even layer. (Yes, really, use all of it.)
Lightly grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Slice the dough vertically into 6 even strips.
Stack the strips on top of each other and again cut again into 6 equal slices.
Stack all the squares on top of each other and set into the prepared loaf pan. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place, 30-45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Transfer the loaf to the oven and bake 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown. (If the top seems to be browning too quickly, cover loosely with foil at the end of baking.) Remove from the oven and let rest in the pan 20-30 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen and carefully turn the loaf out, transferring to a serving plate. Serve warm.
Source : Annie’s Eats