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Gather close and I’ll tell you a tale, a tale of a girl who got behind.. like way behind… and then became the worst sort of procrastinator.  We will call her…. the Slattern!  There’s a joke there, I assure you.  Mostly at my expense but it’s warranted.

If you’ve been following the blog: 1. You deserve hugs.  2. You have probably been trying all sorts of really Delicious Things.  3.  You’ve noticed I’ve been MIA.  while Sarah has been kicking ass in the kitchen.  I’ve been slacking on blogging, and the only sort of excuse I have is that I let life overwhelm me, well that and have you ever felt bad about something and then began to avoid it because you felt bad… and then the avoiding made you also feel bad… and even though you had the best of intentions to remedy it you just kept letting the bad compound until you have a little ball of MEH in your belly whenever you think of the thing because you’re ashamed of yourself?  Yeah…. that was me until I had a talk with my sister today.

There’s something cathartic about admitting your failings, apologizing, and being allowed to take stock of the situation.  You get a chance to think about all the things that you like, that which you don’t, and what you would like to see in the future.  What I realized is that I really do love this Blog, and I really love my sister more.  I love that she had this idea and that we went in on this together.  What I don’t like is that I’ve dropped the ball…  Somehow though in dropping the ball.. (and my little pity party)… I got to experience something beautiful and unexpected.  In our talk, which as open and honest, I got to feel loved, wanted, and valued despite it all.

So this LONG overdue recipe is one that is simple, honest, versatile, and full of love.  There’s nothing more homey than bread and this recipe features very simple ingredients that most will always have on hand.  I hope you give it a try, and that it becomes as much of a favorite with you as it is with my family.

Ingredients:
1 cup Water
2 3/4 cups Bread Flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1  teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Bread Machine Flour or Quick Active Dry Yeast
1 Egg Yolk
1 Tablespoon Water

Directions:

1.  Pour your water, sugar, salt, and bread flour into your bread machine being sure to measure everything exactly and select your dough function.

2.  If you don’t have a bread machine, proof your yeast in the water making sure it’s very warm (but not hot) to the touch.  After you have bubbles, add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well.  Once combined fully (and your dough is smooth) cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and let rest for ten to fifteen minutes before turning your dough out to knead. Knead your dough until it is smooth and elastic, then let it rest in an oiled bowl in a draft free area until it has doubled in size (around a half hour).

3.  Grease a cookie sheet (or use parchment paper/Silpat) or use a well seasoned bread stone.

4.  Once your bread machine has beeped, or your dough has doubled in size (if you’re making by hand), remove the dough from the pan and divide in half.    Lightly flour your work space, and rolling pin.  Roll out both sections into chubby rectangles, then roll them up (separately), and pinch the seams to seal them up.  (Seams will be on the bottom and ends.)  With a knife score the top of your bread with small slits (this helps the bread to rise further).

5.  Place the loaves on your pan, and cover with the damp tea towel and let them rise for thirty to forty more minutes until risen.

6.  While you’re waiting on your loaves to rise preheat your oven to 375º and  make your egg wash by beating your egg yolk and water until they are homogenous.

7.  Brush your risen bread with egg wash, then bake for twenty to twenty five minutes until your bread is golden brown and hollow sounding if you knock on it.

8.  Remove from pan, and let rest on a cooling rack until you’re ready to eat.

***EXTRA***

Take this recipe and use it for breadsticks, omitting the egg wash for melted butter brushed over it and a sprinkling of garlic salt!

Hoping your life is full of Delicious Things!

Jenny AKA Slattern McSlatternpants

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