Please Treat Us Fairly, Your Majesty

You may have noticed I took a full day off from Facebook yesterday and spent it in bed and my recliner trying to recover from a pulled chest muscle, which they said was due to stress and my cast iron skillets. I guess those skillets are getting heavy on me or I am getting weaker one but I am much better today and even felt like making my husbands favorite brown bread loaves. Since I am dealing with a little stress right now, baking always seems to help me and these little l ... oaves are delicious, especially with homemade honey butter.

Nannie Polly used to say that making biscuits was calming to her and Lord knows she made many skillets of biscuits in her lifetime. We always knew when Nannie had something weighing heavy on her mind because she would have her hands in some kind of dough and a sucker in her mouth. She never let on to any of us about what was on her mind, only Papa I suppose, but she always found a way to smile through it. That's me right now, trying to keep my blood pressure in check while dealing with things that are beyond my control at this point. Daddy always told me, "turn if over to God Janet, he will lift that burden from you". Well, I turn it over but sometimes that burden is hard to let go. All we can do is pray for those we love right? I jokingly told my husband that this stress better pass soon or I am going to be out of butter and flour at the same time, his reply..."now that is a crisis". He always knows how to make me laugh regardless of the circumstance. Please Treat Us Fairly, Your Majesty

If you do not have a stand mixer, this bread can be made by hand or using the dough cycle of a bread machine.

Brown Bread Loaves

1 pkt. instant yeast
1 C. warm tap water
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/8 C. Alaga cane syrup
2 T. veg. shortening
1/2 T. cocoa powder
1 1/2 C. all purpose flour
1 1/4 C. whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. salt

In the bowl of a stand mixer add the yeast, water and 1 tsp. sugar. Allow to proof (foam up) for 5-6 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and begin mixing on low speed, increase speed to med. low and mix for 5 minutes. You should have a nice soft dough at this point, remove and place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a clean towel and let rise till double in size, about 1 hour. Punch down the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a couple of times and divide into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 5"x6" rectangle and then roll the dough up away from you and place seam side down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Allow to rise for 45 minutes then brush with a little melted butter and bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.

Serve with honey butter (3 T. butter, room temp. and 1 T. honey, combine well)

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