What happened today though surprised me a little. Just before supper there was a knock at my door. I answered it to greet my neighbor, no doubt there to complain about the excessive dog poo, I surmised. But no! He had been out shopping and witnessed some guy saw through the head of a hammer with this fancy knife and had been so impressed that he had to buy one for his baker-cook-neighbor.
I wouldn't have considered this neighbor to be a friend, and to be honest, I can't even say I know his name. I see him on occasion when I take the dogs out and perhaps once a month when we pass in the halls of the college. What does one do in return for such a gesture as a random knife gifting?
- white bread recipe
- ½ cup soft butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- raisins*, pecans, walnuts, orange zest, etc... (optional)
1. After dough has rested, roll into a 12" x 15" rectangle
2. Cream sugar, butter, and cinnamon together
3. Spread mixture evenly over dough and sprinkle with nuts, raisins, or whatever else your heart desires.
4. Roll from a short end of the rectangle and cut 2" slices.
5. Pan into medium/large muffin tins (lightly greased)
6. Let proof for about an hour
7. Bake @ 350° until tops are golden brown (about 25 minutes)
8. Let cool for 10 minutes and then plate for delivery to your neighbor who's name you don't know/can't remember.
I personally enjoy a little flat icing drizzled over the tops of these, but this is strictly optional and certainly doesn't make them any healthier. As it is, it's like eating candied bread. Mmmmmm.
*Raisins and other dried fruit should be plumped in boiling water before use