Blackberry Fest Bread - Proposed Official Dessert of Elma Washington
|Naomi and her handmade braided sweet bread|
I remember when Elma had its Slug Festival. Then it was changed to the Blackberry Festival, and now it looks like that has been changed to the Outlaw Festival. After careful thought, I realized that both 'slugs'and óutlaws' are not good for the image of poor little Elma. Slugs are disgusting, and we certainly do not want to glorify criminals or outlaws.
I decided to make my own contribution to Elma Washington by inventing a special pastry to be served during their yearly late summer festival. I am going to ask the City of Elma to consider making this dessert the Official Dessert of Elma Washington. I would like to introduce you to Blackberry Fest Bread. This is a dessert that I invented myself. If it is made perfectly, it is a delicious and attractive recipe that people will love both looking at....and eating.
1 cup milk
1/3 cup splenda or sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 package of active dry yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour (you can use multi-grain flour too)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Over medium heat combine milk, sugar/splenda, sugar and butter. Heat until slightly warm then remove from heat and stir in the yeast. Wait for the yeast to become foamy and bubbly.
In a large bowl stir in the flour and salt. Mix in the oil, eggs, and your milkly yeast mixture. Mix this warm dough until it pulls away from the side of the bowl. Roll it up into a ball, cover the bowl with a warm cloth and let it sit for about sixty minutes. The mixture will double in size.
Divide the bread into individual balls. Then take each ball and roll it out into three long pieces of equal length. Attach them at the base and start braiding. After braiding the bread, connect the ends until you make a braided circle. This will take some practice.
|Here I braided it with Eight pieces, but you can do it with only three.|
|Making the filling|
|My son loved his Blackberry Fest Bread|
|A dessert that is both sweet and tangy|