Hello lovelies and welcome to our week long Holiday Event! I've asked some fabulous authors to stop by this week with their favorite, or one of their character's favorite, recipe for the holidays so don't miss it! You'll find some delicious recipes for dinner, dessert and more to help keep you warm this month along with some sizzling hot romances.
To start the event off, I'd like to give a warm welcome to author, Eliza Knight!
Thank you, Reading Between the Wines, for hosting me once again! I’m excited to share with you my newest release, THE HIGHLANDER’S LADY (Book 3: The Stolen Bride Series) and one of my favorite recipes which also happens to be something my medieval characters would have eaten every day! During the holidays/winter, I love to bake! Like every day… One of my favorite things to bake, is something that my heroine, Myra, also loves—bread!
I love to cut off a thick slice of freshly baked bread and drizzle it with honey or smear it with peanut butter. So sad that one of the first things to go when you’re on a diet is bread, when it used to be a staple! I would eat bread for every meal if I could!
The idea of baking bread can be really daunting, but seriously, this is the easiest recipe evah! This recipe is so versatile; you can really dress it up! Add some cheese and parsley, maybe add raisins and cinnamon.
Eliza’s Heavenly Bread
1 cup sweetened almond milk (I seriously sometimes use chocolate) (I use Silk) *You can use soy or dairy milk*
4 ½ tsp of active dry yeast (or two small packets) (I use Fleischman’s)
5 cups of UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur)
1 tbsp salt
2 tbspGrapeseed Oil
3 tbsp organic evaporated cane sugar
~I use a KitchenAid mixer which does the arm work for me. You don’t have to if you want to get a work out J
~Two loaf pans
~Two glass measuring cups (liquid/solid measuring cups are different, so make sure you have both)
~Other utensils/measuring instruments
Heat 1 cup of water – I do it for about 40-60 seconds in the microwave, and dump in the yeast. Stir about 5-10 times, then set aside for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile…(I love to say that, lol), heat the milk for about 40 seconds in the microwave. Pour into your mixing bowl along with the salt, oil and sugar. Mix.
Add in the yeast mixture and stir. Now it’s time for a work out! Pour in one cup of flour at a time until well mixed. If you’re using the mixer, set it low unless you want flour everywhere. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Once all the flour has been added, and the dough is formed, cover with a cloth and set in a warm place for 1 hour. I usually put mine in the microwave or oven (NOT TURNED ON!), so that they are out of the way.
Once the hour is up, set you oven to 375 degrees. Grease your loaf pans—I do this usually with spray oil (Organic Olive spray usually) Press down the dough—it should be double in size. Take it out of the bowl, and knead it for a few minutes. I usually do this on top of wax paper, because I don’t have to put any flour down—less mess! Divide equally in two, and press into pans. Cover with the cloth and let it rise for another 15 minutes.
Now it’s time to bake! Bake for about 35-40. Tops should be golden and sound hollow when you tap on it. Once its baked, leave it in the pans to cool for about 10 minutes, and then take out and place on cooling racks. This is usually the point I cut off a healthy hunk to munch on!
And here’s an excerpt from THE HIGHLANDER’S LADY where Myra doesn’t get such a yummy piece of bread :-( I feel bad for her!
A Highlander tamed…
Laird Daniel Murray seeks adventure, battle and freedom for his countrymen. Putting off his duties as laird—with a promise to his clan he’ll return come spring—Daniel sets off with his men to fight alongside William Wallace and the Bruce. But soon he stumbles across an enchanting lady in need. She tantalizes him with an offer he simply can’t refuse and a desire he attempts to dismiss.
A lady’s passion ignited…
Escaping near death at the treacherous hands of a nearby clan, Lady Myra must find the Bruce and relay the news of an enemy within his own camp. Alone in a world full of danger and the future of her clan at stake, she must trust the handsome, charismatic Highland laird who promises to keep her safe on her journey—and sets her heart to pounding.
Together, Daniel and Myra will risk not only their lives, but their hearts while discovering the true meaning of hope and love in a world fraught with unrest.
Leave a comment for your chance to win an ecopy of THE HIGHLANDER’S LADY! Best wishes to you and yours this holiday season!
Eliza Knight is the multi-published, award-winning, Amazon best-selling author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain, and enjoys cold winter nights when she can curl up in front of a roaring fire with her own knight in shining armor. Visit Eliza at www.elizaknight.com or her historical blog History Undressed: www.historyundressed.com
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