A very happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing moms I know, and there are myriad. I lived with my own mother until I was around seven. I don’t have as many memories of her life as I would like, but I still remember her fondly on Mother’s Day. I am so grateful to the woman who brought me into the world, no matter how imperfect she may have been. I have few photos of my childhood, but I found this one tucked away in a book on a bookshelf. It makes me smile.
This Mother’s Day weekend, my husband was at the hospital, “fixing faces,” as my four-year-old says. She wants to be a surgeon too, and a “chef” like her mom. I remind her I am a home cook and not a chef! Still, she proclaims, “You are the best ‘cooker’ ever.” On Sunday, I indulged myself by starting the dough for a terrific roasted apple bread. I love bread, and I love the process of making it. Of course, I don’t always share our family’s many fresh loaves on the blog.
The truth about our little life: this family is constantly cooking, baking, thinking about what will be prepared in the near future or obtaining ingredients for something yummy. Blogging of course, is a different story.
There is always time for cooking with family and friends or even alone in a quiet kitchen. It’s a special day when the food comes out perfectly enough to share, and there is enough time to photograph, write and post a blog entry. Today is one of those days!
I am completely obsessed with baking delicious, yeasted breads. There are so many recipes to try… and so much bread to eat. I would not have it any other way. This morning baking, a scrumptious roasted apple bread, swirled with warm spices, is in the game plan. The dough was made yesterday and is ready to go.
There is often not time to take pictures of food when devouring warm bread is involved, but I mange. I can see some delicious French toast in the near future (as in tomorrow!) Any fallen apples are a property of muah (and the perfect chef snack).
A second piece is in order and completely justified, thanks to a great morning run.
Enjoy with hot, creamy cup of coffee and some family and friends – or on a quiet, peaceful spring morning. Of course, there is not too much quiet and peace for those of us with little rascals running about.
Roasted Apple Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Ingredients for the Dough:
2 Tablespoons honey or granulated sugar
2 1/4 tsp. dry, active yeast
1 cup very warm water (110•F)
4 Tablespoons butter or Earth Balance buttery sticks, melted
1 teaspoon fine salt
3 cups bread flour, white or whole wheat
Ingredients for the filling and topping:
2 large pink lady apples, cored and chopped
4 Tablespoons of granulated sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg or cardamom
1/2 to 1 Tablespoon butter or Earth Balance buttery sticks, melted
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