Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Almost Lost an Old Friend

More about that later...

Can you guess that I've been baking? Yesterday the library Friends group catered a dinner for the Business & Professional Women. This was our second dinner for them. I volunteered to make rolls. While browsing through our cookbook, Cooking With Friends, for a recipe, I saw my mother's Butter Braid. (She put it in the cookbook as Peggy Terry's Butter Braid since the recipe came from Peggy back when they worked on the local newspaper together.)

The recipe makes two large braided loaves. I made two batches of four small loaves each. I just needed four for the event, one for each table. But I couldn't make just those four loaves!!! Of course on the way to the dinner, I dropped one off at Mama's house. She clutched it to her breast and hobbled back to the kitchen as I closed the front door and locked it on my way out.
WHAT?! Someone cut a slice fresh from the oven?! Well! WHO would do that?
Oh...that's my hand isn't it?! blush blush

On to the near loss of an old friend. By my side through thick and thin..during those first years of marriage...waiting with me for almost 12 years lamenting my childlessness...coaching me through my months of that we thought would never be. With me when Ron died. Never faltering...never failing...

My avocado green handheld Sunbeam mixer was a gift in 1971 received in a shower prior to my first marriage to Ron Jordan. I placed it on my little kitchen island/cart and didn't set it down right. It toppled over and hit that hard, cold, loud tile floor. Arrggghhhh! I shouted and ran around the island shoving it out of my way on its caster feet. The beater eject bar (says Sunbeam on it) was laying off to one side still connected by it's lifeline of a little insignificant spring...that did not break. I picked the mixer off the floor along with the beater that fell out. Popped the errant plastic thingy back on and inserted the beater. Plugged it in. IT WORKED! The beaters barely wobble at all.

Sigh... Ain't life sweet?! ;o) And, yes. That is ALL the bread that was left before lunch today...considerably less now.

I took one of those small loaves to the meeting for those of us who stayed in the back room to have something to nibble on. Before we announced that the meal was ready, we grabbed a plate, forked some turkey, spooned some green bean bundles, and dolloped some cornbread dressing on the plate...grabbing three plastic spoons, our drinks, and the previously referenced loaf of bread, we disappeared into the darkness beyond. Well. It must've been pretty dark. I'm eating turkey, dressing, green bean bundles and look over. Those two dear friends of mine who I fully intend to name...Earlene and TomWillena!!! Had sucked that bread down!!! Just one little tiny end left! I thought they were going to fight over the last chunk!!!!!

For further info on the dinner, check the side bar for the Friends of the Daingerfield Public Library.

OH! Recipe!!!

Butter Braid

1 package dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup warm water

1/2 pound butter
4 1/2 tablespoons
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup warm milk

4 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Dissolve yeast in warm water with 1 teaspoon sugar. Cream together butter and 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar. Beat in eggs. Stir in milk and vanilla. Add yeast mixture; stir well. Combine flour and salt and add to the butter mixture. Dough will be very soft. Refrigerate, covered, several hours or overnight. Turn out on floured surface, knead, adding flour as needed. Divide dough into two pieces; then each piece into three pieces. Roll dough into long ropes. Pinch three together and braid. Repeat for remaining three pieces. Tuck ends under. Using two cookie sheets, place each braid on a cookie sheet. Let rise until double in bulk, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. (Remember the above photos are 4 loaves per batch and two batches.)


Kar said...

Wow!!! My Mom still has her green hand mixer just like yours!! I used to love using it when helping her in the kitchen. Sweet memories.

The bread looks WONDERFUL!!! I'm going to have to make some. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I can picture your Mom protecting that wonderful loaf of bread. Too funny!

Have a great day dear!

Ducky said...

That mixer is like my big brother (as far as she's concerned). When it "dies" there will probably be a funeral.

Shogun said...

I have been "down" the last day or so and am trying to get back into the swing of things and also to enjoy quilting - OK it has only been two days - but I am reading blogs to get excited about it again. Hard to explain. Anyway, I can hardly concentrate to read the blogs and fully comprehend! But I enjoyed this one and am hungry for avocado. I like bread, but there is something about green foods that really gets me right *here*.

Holee said...

Now shogun, how down do you think I am looking at all of Sherri's wonderful cooking and I am looking at a stove with NO electric!

I could really eat that roll with some molasses on it..yum

The Sunbeam, I have one too! Only mine is the 70's gold/yellow color. I got mine with "green stamps". Don't know if you all had those in TX, but here you got them when you shopped and then spent them in a Green Stamp

Libby said...

I dare say that this bread looks mighty good! I remember having a beater like that in my parent's house when I was a kid. Mom also had a harvest gold electric can opener. She recently put it to rest....Finally!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have some tasty treats here!