I started with a lot of spice: fruit soaked in rum: And a started that had been rising since the night before: The finished dough: rising and loaf shaped, finally, before baking: and after, coated in ginger-sugar after a soaking with melted butter: Days later, powdered sugar-coated and ready to give:
When I was little, my mom made homemade bread for our lunches until my brother and I complained that the bread wasn't quite as uniform as the stuff our friends brought to school, pre-sliced.
Over the years, I've turned into a baker, but I hadn't taken on yeasted breads and rolls too often, aside from Grandma's cinnamon roll recipe.
I lost my job early in 2009, and I used my time while unemployed to experiment in the kitchen. I went from making a few loaves of bread for my own consumption to baking bread or sweets for every event I could.
When I managed to find a job again, I vowed to keep baking...and I still can't believe I ever asked my mom to buy our family bread in a bag.