Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
For a couple years now I've tried to make my communion bread recipe work. I've tweaked and fiddled every which way, but I can't get a loaf made with honey (at least not with enough to suit my tastes) to cook through without getting too dark on the outside. So I've thrown up the white flag and started using Amy's recipe (which is also Jana's recipe, which I think cake from Hanneke, and who knows its lineage before that). I've made it for communion four times now: for last Sunday, Good Friday, for tomorrow (oops...telling yourself, "I'll just check it again in a couple minutes. No need to set the timer" doesn't mix well with going back to concentrating on decorating a cake), and for tomorrow. (I also made two batches of rolls with the same recipe today. About one and a half batches will make it to Angie's tomorrow. The rest were my lunch and supper. Lest you think Valerie lives on bread alone, though, I assure you there was also butter and honey involved!) Anyway, here's the recipe:
1 cup warm milk 1/2 cup butter, at room temp, plus 1 Tbsp. for brushing baked loaf 1/4 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 tsp. salt 4 cups bread flour 1 package yeast (2 1/4 tsp.)
Place all ingredients in bread machine pan in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Run the dough cycle. Remove dough to a flat pan (I use a round pizza stone), shape into a round, cover, and let rise for 20 minutes or so. Score a cross on the top. (That's my contribution to the recipe!) Uncover and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven, brush with additional 1 T butter, and leave to cool on pan (ensures that insides are completely cooked).
I still need to decorate two cakes for the office, but when I'm done, this Easter will have seen the use of the following ingredients in my baking:
17 eggs 16 c. bread flour 9 c. powdered sugar three white cake mixes (+ 3/4 cup) three boxes of gelatin 6 1/2 sticks of butter ~2 lbs. plain M&Ms 1 lb. bittersweet chocolate 4 1/2 c. water 4 c. milk 1 1/2 c. heavy cream 1 c. granulated sugar 1 c. shortening 1 c. oil 2/3 c. honey 9 tsp. yeast 7 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. lime juice 2 Tbsp. raspberry liqueur 4 tsp. various extracts 1 tsp. cinnamon
Taste and see that the Lord is good! And now, He gives to His beloved sleep! ;-)
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 9:25 PM
On March 23, 2008 8:24 PMThe BadgerMumwrote... Have you tried covering your bread with aluminum foil for the first part of baking and then uncovering at the last to let it brown? That helps lots of things from getting too brown and I've done it with loaf bread before.