Dear Readers,

How many of you have fond memories of rainy days from childhood? As an adult, I find myself grumbling due to the thoughts of the dreary weather causing delays in my commute and the extra gear that will be needed to stay dry. Although, in childhood I recall nothing but delight for rainy days were a treasure trove for the imagination! The family room was transformed into a series of forts with the help of my parent’s kitchen chairs and rearrangement of sofa cushions. After hours of fort making, we were allowed outside for fresh air and suddenly the driveway became a fashion runway to display the current season’s umbrella and coordinating rain boots! I personally loved the opportunity to use my umbrella composed of bright colors and beloved Disney characters! After my adult grumbles subside, I find warmth in these memories and joy in the simplicity. When I watch children, I am so touched by their openness to find excitement in the simple things in life and remind myself to exercise this skill more often in my daily life.

To accompany this sweet memory, I decided to include my mother’s recipe for rich sweet bread! My Mom often made this bread in April and I smile at the pure memory of the delicious aromas of the baking bread. I hope you and your family enjoy this indulgence as much as my loved ones have over the years!

Love Always,
Kristina Lucia xoxo

Sweet Bread Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  •       1 package of dry yeast
  •       ¼ cup of warm water
  •       1 cup of milk, scalded
  •       ½ cup of sugar
  •       2 teaspoons of salt
  •       ½ cup of margarine (butter) at room temperature
  •       5 cups of flour, sifted

·       2 eggs

PREPARATION

  1.   Add yeast to warm water and stir till dissolved.  
  2.   Meanwhile heat milk in a saucepan to a slight boil.  Remove the milk from the stove and add sugar, salt, and butter. Proceed to mix till all ingredients are combined.
  3.   Once this mixture is cooled, add dissolved yeast, flour, and eggs until the dough is fully combined.
  4.   Split the dough in half.  Proceed to divide each ball of dough in half once again and then create a braid/ rope.  You will now have two braids of dough!
  5.   Cover each and leave to rise for about 2 hours.   
  6.   Once the loafs are risen, preheat oven to 350°F.
  7.   Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bread is golden brown

8.    Eat and enjoy with loved ones J (My favorite step!)