A year ago I started this blog with the desire to have a platform to share my thoughts, some personal and my passion for food. This blog was for me; at a time where I really felt like I didn’t have much.
A year ago I was in a job I hated, working for people who I loathed and I was bored. I would go into the office every day, sit down at my computer, turn on Netflix and 8 hours later leave to go home. I honestly don’t know how I managed it, but I was the Director of an entire department, across 9 cities, managing 20+ people and I literally had nothing to do on a day to day basis.
This blog became my job. It made me excited to bake or cook something new. It gave me a chance to explore my other passion which is photography and I finally felt like my day to day had a purpose.
In April I FINALLY got a new job and was immediately thrown to the proverbial wolves when it came to work. I quickly forgot all about blogging. It felt like I had purpose again. I was stressed and anxious, worried I was going to make a mistake at any moment and I was finally again, learning things. I won’t say that I was exactly happy, but I was a lot happier there then I had been in the last 3 years. My new coworkers were not exactly nice to me and I had to fight a lot of battles with them and my employees, but again, it was better than the last place.
A few months in though I realized I hadn’t blogged in awhile and it frustrated me. I felt like I was giving up the few things I enjoy doing that make me happy in life, simply because work was getting the way.
2018 has me thinking a lot of about what I want to do differently in the new year. So I made a list :
Yes, I wrote it down on paper. I even put it on my door as a reminder each day before I leave. I think this will be good for me!
I started the new year off being positive for a change and being completely and utterly sober. I have not given up alcohol entirely but it is something I am trying to consume in much smaller doses and less frequently. The fact that I have ben battling a head cold for over a week was also a factor in my decision to ring in the new year booze free and wake up with a clear mind and ability to tackle the day vs. being hungover all day and cuddling with my cat on the couch to tired to move.
I wanted to bake something simple for the new year and something I could bring to work with me tomorrow for our weekly Tuesday Morning Manager Meeting. I feel that when I bring baked goods in before these meetings everyones just a little bit nicer to one another during them.
One of my resolutions for the year is to get rid of the clutter. Thats not proverbial, thats literal. I have so much stuff its getting a bit out of hand. I found this awesome recipe for English Muffin Bread that I have probably had for over 5 years and never actually made.
English Muffin Bread
Ingredients6 Cups AP Flour 1/2 Baking Soda 4 tsp Instant Active Yeast 1 TB Sugar 2 tsp Kosher Salt 2 Cups Whole Milk 1/2 Cup Water 1- 1.5 Cups Cornmeal
- You will need to grease 2 8-inch loaf pans and dust them with cornmeal.
- In a saucepan, combine the whole milk and water and heat until its hot to the touch. DO NOT BOIL! You only want to heat the milk so that its warm and will active the yeast quickly.
- Combine 4 Cups of the flour, baking soda, salt, sugar and yeast in a mixing bowl and with a paddle, mix until combined.
- Pour the warm milk and water mister into the mixer and mix on low for 20 seconds.
- Add the remaining 2 cups of Flour and mix on low for another 30- 40 seconds. The dough should be a big dough ball that is not very sticky and comes together easily.
- Separate the dough into two even sections and place into he prepared pans. Cover with 2-3 TB of cornmeal and cover with plastic wrap or a damn towel. Let rise for 40- 50 minutes or until the dough has risen above the rim of loaf pan.
- Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Remove the loaves immediately from their pans and let cool on a wire rack.
I let the bread cool completely before cutting into it and it was much softer than I thought it would be. The crumb of the bread was small but had visible little holes in it, much like what you see in an english muffin.
I paired mine with homemade plum jam I made over the summer.
I think next time I will coat the top of the bread with butter before I cover it with cornmeal, hopefully it will create a crusty crust. I wouldn’t say this taste exactly like an english muffin, but its darn tasty.