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Tonight we had a very nice dinner with our friends and neighbors. It was nice that the two couples (who both have children) could get out. It is even nicer that both our respective sets of children are old enough to babysit themselves.  It was nice to get out and socialize without the pressure of the time clock and the babysitter, which always put a damper on the evening and made it feel like we were always working against the clock. Linger over dinner….stop for coffee on the way home….go to the movies after dinner on the fly….these types of things never happened with a babysitter. We always had a plan and a ticking clock. I always felt like I was a teenager again with the curfew–but we told the sitter we’d be back by 10. Babysitters were a luxury….kids old enough to babysit themselves is a treat and allows us the opportunity to have evenings like tonight. A couple hours of nice conversation and good food with good friends….. well worth the effort.

Tom and Tyler are crazy for potato bread. There is a recipe in this month’s Cooking Light magazine which I tried today:

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The loaves rose nicely and baked up in 30 minutes. This was deemed a “keeper” recipe for potato bread in the T’s house.

Here is the recipe from Cooking Light which I adapted slightly:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large potato, skinned, boiled and mashed
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 3 T honey
  • 2 T butter
  • 4 -1/2 c. bread flour
  • 2-1/4 t. yeast
  • 1-1/2 t. kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • cooking spray

Process:

  • Combine mashed potato, milk, butter and honey in microwave safe bowl, microwave about 3 minutes or until mixture is 110 degrees.
  • In mixer bowl, combine half the flour, salt and yeast.
  • Add potato milk mixture to bowl.
  • Mix until combined.
  • Add eggs and mix until combined
  • Add remainder of flour and mix until you have a slightly sticky ball of dough.
  • Turn out into a bowl that you have coated with cooking spray. Turn dough over to coat. Cover – let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
  • Remove from bowl onto floured surface. Divide dough in half. Roll out each half into a rectangle approximately 14 x 7. Roll the dough from the shorter side ending with seam side down.
  • Place dough seam side down into a greased loaf pan. Repeat with other half of dough.
  • Cover loaves and let rise until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until loaves are hollow when knocked upon.
  • Enjoy!

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