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My sweetheart only likes a thin layer of frosting on his cake. My frosting is a blend of about ½ cup butter, most of a bag of powdered sugar, a drop of vanilla, and a spot of milk.
A question that we are often asked is, “What is the difference between “Sparkling Wine” and “Champagne”? The easy and short answer is that sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it comes from the region of Champagne, France, which is just outside of Paris…To clarify, all champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne. We really should think of Champagne in terms of a geographical place as opposed to a winemaking style.
The last day of October - it's a rainy day, and possibly we shall have a gusty, windy evening. In a celebration of autumn, tonight we'll watch a family movie, away from all the hustle and bustle, enjoy pizza, Pepsi, and sweets. I might even start a fire in the wood stove and snuggle up on the couch, watching the flames dance and flicker as I drift off to sleep. ☺
To Make these muffins, I used the English muffin loaf recipe (below) and cut out a couple of rounds from the dough before putting the dough into bread pans. They turned out no worse than the actual English Muffin recipe.
English Muffin Loaf2 Tablespoons active dry yeast6 cups unsifted flour1 Tablespoon sugar2 teaspoons salt¼ teaspoon baking soda2 cups milk½ cup waterCornmealCombine 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Heat liquids until very warm (120˚-130˚F) Add to flour mixture. Beat well. Stir in rest of flour to make a stiff batter. Spoon into 2 loaf pans (greased and sprinkled with cornmeal). Sprinkle the top of each loaf with cornmeal Cover and let rise in warm place for 45 minutes. Bake at 400˚ for 25 minutes. Remove immediately from pans and cool. Slice and toast or just eat it warm.A couple of notes: I tend to let the milk get too hot, so I add my ½ cup of water after heating the milk. The dough is very sticky, so I let it set at least 5 minutes, which makes it easier to handle. I then use a large knife to cut the dough down the middle and I scoop it up by hand and plop it into the prepared pans. I warm my oven for 1 minute, turn oven off and place the bread to rise inside the warmed oven. Remove the loaves from the oven in about 35 minutes to heat oven to baking temperature.Enjoy this delicious English muffin loaf right out of the oven, or bake it and toast it up later...perhaps for afternoon tea (Could you detect my English accent?).