Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
We welcomed sweet Adalei into the world on December 9th and of course, she is beautiful. It has been two weeks since her arrival and all is well. Adalei is so very cuddly and content ... Layla is adjusting well to the new addition and to being a big sister.
I knitted a few things recently as gifts. Still have some projects in the works ... just didn't seem to have enough time to finish them. You know how that is ... never enough hours in a day!
There is something quite comforting in the making of homemade bread. It speaks of home and warmth and comfort … and in this case, the holidays. I make a sweet bread, which is more like a pastry, just before Christmas every year. It has become a tradition in my kitchen.The bread is given to friends, neighbors and family (and of course, we keep a few in the freezer for later on) The recipe was shared with me many years ago by my twin sister, Sharon. Just thought I'd share the recipe for any who might want to try it. It is delicious!
Cream Cheese Bread
1cup commercial sour cream
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
½ cup melted butter
2 pkg. dry yeast
½ cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
2 eggs, beaten
4 cups all purpose flour
Heat sour cream over low heat; stir in sugar, salt, butter; cool to lukewarm.
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a large mixing bowl, stirring until yeast dissolves. Add sour cream mixture, eggs and flour; mix well. Cover tightly, refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.
The next day, divide dough into 4 equal parts; roll out each part on a well-floured board into 12x18 rectangles.
Spread ¼ of cream cheese filling on each rectangle and roll up jellyroll fashion, beginning at long sides.
Pinch edges together and fold ends under slightly, place rolls seam side down on greased baking sheets.
Slit each roll at 2 inch intervals about 2/3 of the way through to resemble a braid. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour). Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Spread with glaze while warm. Yield: 4 loaves
Cream Cheese filling
2 (8oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
Combine cream cheese and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Add egg, salt and vanilla; mix well.
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine and mix well. Drizzle over warm loafs
Hope you all have a very, merry Christmas and remember to take time out in the midst of the hussle and bussle to celebrate the reason for the season. Do you know the greatest gift of all?