Paralyzed From the Brain Down - April 3, 2020

To say the past weeks have been weird is an understatement. I have been trying to work from home, but it's difficult. What's worse is that I'm home more, but am completely unable to paint! I'm paralyzed and I can't figure out what's wrong. My husband says all psychological problems are inherently fixable if you can articulate what the problem is. So when I can't articulate it, I feel worse, like it's only ME standing in the way of feeling better. If only I were smarter.
One fun thing is that my siblings and I are all talking more online. Yesterday we had the best conversation because one never-available-when-we-group-call sibling actually took part! Unfortunately, they also got mad when I took a (lot) screenshots. I touched up one of the screenshots to show how they should really feel about me. 

I'm thinking of downloading some filters for my next meeting at work and looking like the potato lady I can't stop laughing at this picture. 

And laugh…

BREAD #1: Banana Chocolate-Chip Nutella Swirl Bread

I have a goal of making 50 different types of bread for my 101 goals. Here is the first.

I'm not big on bananas. Kiff is the only one in the house who eats them regularly. When he doesn't finish, I feel REALLY bad throwing the bananas in the garbage. Many people suggest you use old bananas to make banana bread, but, again, I'm not keen on bananas...

But I found a recipe for this banana bread that makes bananas yummable:

Banana Chocolate Chip Nutella Swirl Bread

2/3 C water
2/3 C mashed banana (equals one regular-sized banana)
2 T butter
1 egg
3 C bread flour
3 T sugar
1 1/4 t salt
2 1/4 t yeast
1/3 C mini chocolate chips (chop up regular chocolate chips if you don't have minis)
1/3 C nutella (plus whatever you eat off the spoon)

Gather ye together these ingredients:

I put mine into a bread machine on the dough setting. I couldn't begin to tell you the steps. It takes 1 hour and 3 minutes, that much I do know!
When the dough is done, put it on a clean surface with a bit of flour and sprinkle more on the top. The dough is rather sticky.

Roll it out (it will still be thick) and sprinkle it with the chocolate chips.
Next, fold the two sides over into the middle.

Roll this out and sprinkle with more chips if you need to. Fold a second time and roll out to 1/2" thickness.

Next is the tempting part. Get a large spoonful of Nutella.

Spread it around, leaving an inch on the edges.

Start rolling it up, folding in the sides to keep the filling from spilling. (oh yeah) I roll starting at the short side so that I get more swirls of chocolate. You can do it longwise, but you'll have to squish it up to make it fit in the loaf pan. Your choice.

After rolling it up, pinch to seal the top edge and put seam down in a prepared loaf pan. I always line my pans with foil and oil. (there is that rhyming thing again!) Spray the top of your loaf with oil so that the dough won't separate the crust when it bakes.

This is when I fire up my oven to 400º and put my loaf to rise on the stove top. In about a half hour to an hour, your dough will rise almost double. Spray with oil again and slash three lines through the top layer of dough to the filling underneath. YOU MUST DO THIS. If not, you will have "flying crust." If you don't want to slash, you can also poke several times with a skewer. I do that, too.

Bake at 400º for 45 minutes. Wait as long as you can before slicing. It will squish if you do it too early...

flying crust and big pockets!
Then delight in the fruits of your labor. And give your family the opportunity to hone their begging skills. They has them...

This photo was absolutely not posed.


Nancy said…
Looks delicious. Nutella is a food group in our house.

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