Sunday, July 4, 2010

Holiday weekend

Happy Independance Day to all my American readers!

With everyone taking a long weekend and outside with the barbeque I thought I would talk about food. Food is a central part of any holiday. We all try to get together with friends and family to celebrate the season, Christmas or the fourth of July. With that in mind, I wanted to share a little bread recipe with you. This egg nog bread has a little brandy in the mix, but not to worry, the alcohol gets cooked off in the baking process. You'll just get the flavor.

For your bread machine.

3/4 cup milk (room temp.)

2 egg yolks

1 egg

2 tbsp brandy

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup liquid honey

2 tbsp butter (room temp) (1/4 stick)

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour or bread flour

1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp bread machine or instant yeast

3/4 cup cranberries

Measure all ingredients except cranberries into baking pan in the order listed. Select Sweet Cycle. Add cranberries at the "add ingredient" signal. Note: For a more conventional looking loaf, just use the Dough cycle. Transfer bread to floured surface, knead and place in greased loaf pan. Let rise for 45 - 60 minutes. Bake in 350F oven for 30 minutes. Enjoy the smell and taste of warm bread from your oven!

Source: 300 Best Canadian Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Wasburn and Heather Butt

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