Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Why I have no idea what's for dinner tonight...

Yup, that's twelve loaves of Poppy Seed Bread (before I backspaced that read "poopy" seed - Man my hands are tired!)

For YW tonight we are visiting some elderly ladies to get to know them in preparation for a luncheon we'll be having next month. I think it is kind of an "Adopt-a-grandma" thing - except I thought that was supposed to include something in the interim. You know, like leaving them gifts, chatting with them once a week or so, raking their leaves or something. As far as I know we're just visiting them this once. I guess I'll know more after tonight. Anyway, I was supposed to bring something to place in the baskets we're bringing to them. We only had 6 or so girls sign up out of all three classes so the YW Pres thought that the baskets might look sad with only one girl's stuff in it. I was asked to bring something for the basket that my group would be delivering (since I'm driving tonight) so it would look a bit more full. So I chose this bread! I saw the recipe on Heather's blog a while ago and she raved about it so much that it's been in my brain that I need to make it. I had to go and make a trip to King Soopers (a grocery store that I usually hate b/c of their 3 coupon limit and Nazi-managers) to buy butter extract. I have to say I never even knew that existed! I called Rick and told him what I was doing that morning (and to say sorry I didn't make it to Lowe's to pick up the backerboard and sand I was planning on) and somehow I ended up being persuaded to make 3 batches of the stuff! I asked if there was anyone that would be loaning us stuff for his basement bathroom project this weekend that might appreciate a homebaked "thank you!". I knew that there was a guy bringing in his tile saw tomorrow for us to use but didn't know what else we might be borrowing. At the end of our conversation somehow I was making a big loaf for us, one for his co-workers, one for the YW, and 8 for our home/visiting teachees. Eh? Oh well! I joked with him on the phone that he just wants to keep his wife barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen where she belongs.

Four hours later: my whole house smells yummy, I have a new appreciation for butter extract and its capabilities, I have no more oil, I am almost out of sugar, I went through a jar of poppy seeds (I had to fix it again!) and a jar of almond extract, and I didn't get my nap! I did get a bunch of laundry loads finished though! Man, I'm tired! We stayed up way too late with our bathroom last night.

Here's the recipe if you're interested:

Poppy Seed Bread

3 eggs
1 1/8 C. oil
2 1/4 C. sugar
1 1/2 C. milk
3 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 tsp. butter extract
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 T. poppy seeds

Beat eggs, oil & sugar. Add flour, salt, baking powder & milk. Then, add extracts and poppy seeds. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour in two bread pans or use smaller loaves.

1/4 C. orange juice
3/4 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. butter, almond & vanilla extracts
Prick bread while warm and drizzle glaze over entire bread. (I warmed this up first in the microwave for a minute to melt the sugar).


hsjacobus said...

I've kept this recipe in the back of my mind for quite some time now and finally got around to making it. My kids totally scarfed it it was so good. I'm going to pass the word on about it through my blog. Thanks for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

Glad you liked it! We just made a new batch this week - more "thanks for loaning us your tools" gifts.

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