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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nog Bread : Enjoy Freshly Baked Bread On A Snowy Mountain Morning


Imagine a warm fire, the smell of coffee, and the blue-grey light of a snowy morning waking you just enough to join the rest of the family, all in P.J.s and robes, at the business of breakfast. And what's that other heavenly smell? Freshly baked bread!!

Guess what?! We keep a bread maker up at Beech Mountain Bliss condo. Her name is Sue. She's a little noisy, but she doesn't take up much space (just a shelf under the toaster stand).

Come again, you say? Let me explain:

"Sue" is an Oster Deluxe 2-Pound Bread Maker who can be programmed well ahead of time (13 hours) to make piping hot, crusty and delicious loaf of bread for you. (Just another small example of those little extra amenities we have added to make a vacation on Beech Mountain that little bit more pleasurable.)

Although, there are printed directions (don't worry; it's very easy to use) and a myriad of recipes left there for you to consult (and you can get to them online as well), thought I'd share a special family one with you. So, in the spirit of the season, here are the ingredients for Nog Bread!

4 Cups White Flour
1/2 Cup Oil
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Egg Nog
1/2 Cup Warm Water
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/4 Tsp Nutmeg (optional)
2 Tsp Cinnamon (optional)
1 Tsp Dried Yeast

For our particular bread machine (this is a summary of the instructions from the manual that is there for you), you should mix all the wet ingredients together, put them in the bread machine pan and dump the dry ingredients on top - and don't forget to add the yeast last! Program when you want the bread ready (like the next morning), and voila!

What a luxurious way to get your carbs in prior to an energetic day of skiing!
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