So we dug through the pantry and found a box of Fleischmann's bread mix. This was something we grabbed from the clearance shelf of our HEB a while ago and tossed it in the pantry for occasions such as this.
There are plenty of bread recipes out there (and I will be submitting another one soon) but for a quick and easy thing to do on a cold stormy night, this can't be beat.
So with Ray LaMontagne blasting out of Pandora, and the sleet bouncing off the covered plants outside, we set about the business of baking bread.
|Let's crack open that bad boy and see what's inside.|
|So you start by adding the yeast.|
|Then the sugar.|
|Every recipe can be improved so we improved ours by adding orange zest and candied cranberries, as was suggested by the box.|
|I love the Microplane zester. It's an amazing tool. |
It was even cool when it was just a wood rasp, but it's so much better now.
|Anyway, add the Craisins to the mix.|
|Then add the flour mix a little at a time.|
|Stirring everything together evenly.|
|It won't be long before you have a gloopy, shaggy mess of awesome staring right back at you.|
|Because when you stare into the awesome, the awesome stares into you.|
|Now take that gloopy pile of awesome and with all the dexterity of a Ph.D., place it carefully into a greased baking pan. You'll probably need a little flour to keep it all from sticking.|
|Make it look purdy by cutting a few lines into the top.|
|I brushed a little butter over everything as a final touch once it was ready to go.|
Toss this mess into the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes.