Friday, December 19, 2014

Morning, Mercy's Favor (and a bread recipe)

It's SO refreshing to see gold instead of gray on the morning skyline...

Morning wakes and gently breaks
Across bars that held the stars
Yesterday’s tomorrow splays
…virgin gold from heaven’s jars

Time’s sheer weight rolls through dawn’s gate
None can tell what rides its swell
We are guests of moment-quests
Beggars drinking from hope’s well

Hours open up like flow’rs
From the bastioned bud unfolds
Brilliant beauty spilling duty-
Petals from love’s ‘high-call holds’

Without measure mercy’s pleasure
Wills its treasure to the air
...moment-molds that grace unfolds
To favor with praise and prayer

© Janet Martin

I began writing this poem early but then needed to run some errands which included picking up dinner-rolls at a local bakery for tomorrow’s Christmas dinner. They were sold out!!  so duty-beauty looks like dinner-roll dough in the making;)

 I've never made this recipe before but Emily (daughter) sent it to me the other day thinking I might like to try it, so if it turns out I'll share it later on...

It's later on now. Here is the recipe. I think I would prefer it as a braided loaf rather than rolls, but all in all very nice! The rolls are not quite as soft and fluffy as I wish they would be but the flavor is yummy!

Garlic Herb Bread


4-4/12 cups all purpose flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 pkg (2 tbsp) quick rising yeast
2 tsp dried basil
1 3/4 tsp dillweed
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp garlic powder 
3/4 rosemary (crushed)
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1 egg 

In a large bowl combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and seasonings. Heat milk, water and butter. Add to dry ingredients (make sure milk isn't too hot for yeast). Beat until moistened. Add egg and beat till smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Knead until smooth. Cover and let rise for 10-15 minutes. 

Make a braid. Divide dough into thirds. Roll each third into a rope. Place on a greased baking sheet and braid. Pinch ends to seal. Let rise til double ( about 20-25 minutes) 
Bake at 325 approx 25 minutes. Brush with butter! 

Easy! Enjoy :) 

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