4:07 PM Posted by Martha A Cheves
Uncle Eddie is a larger than life character in ‘Energetics: The First Order,’ and below is one of his recipes:
“Eddie, Samantha’s brother, was an accomplished baker, and many Saturdays before sunrise Jordy’s nostrils were filled with the smell of yeast and fresh cinnamon sticks, pop-overs, sticky buns or cat pies. Sleepy-eyed, he’d make his way to the dimly lit kitchen and fall into his uncle’s open arms—Just like being wrapped in warm dough, Jordy remembered.”
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons large granule sea salt, or 1 teaspoon fine grind sea salt
1/4 cup shortening (better yet 1/4 cup salted butter)
1/2 ounce dry yeast, 2 packages (Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast, Instant Yeast, Rapid Rise Yeast or Fast Rising Yeast)
1/2 cup very warm water
2 eggs, beaten
4 cups King Arthur bread flour
2 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 cup crushed walnuts
1 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup (1 stick) of melted butter
- Scald milk and stir in sugar, salt and shortening/butter
- Cool to lukewarm
- Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar in very warm water
- Wait for the yeast to bloom (approx. 20 min)
- Stir the yeast mixture into the lukewarm milk mixture
- Add beaten eggs
- Add 3 cups flour
- Beat until smooth
- Stir in an additional cup flour
- Turn dough out onto lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic
- Place in a greased bowl and brush top with melted butter
- Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from draft, until double in bulk (about 1 hour)
- Punch down and turn out onto lightly floured table
- Roll into rectangle 2-1/2 ft x 1-1/2 ft x 1/2” approx.
- Spread filling onto rectangle evenly
- Divide down the middle lengthwise
- Cut across making 9” x 3” strips approx.
- Fold the strips side to side and twist 3 times
- Generously butter a large baking dish
- Place the twisted cinnamon sticks side by side touching each other
- When all the sticks have been placed in the baking dish, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar
- Put in oven with the oven light on and let rise until double in volume
- Place in the center of the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until evenly golden brown
Making this recipe is like uncle Eddie came to visit: the smell of the yeast rising, the aroma of cinnamon, the taste of yesteryear, and of course, dunking the cinnamon sticks in hot coffee.
The memories are priceless.
Energetics: The First Order – Review by Guest Reviewer Matthew Morrison
Three MIT scientists risk their careers, reputations and their lives bringing a new form of energy to life in ‘Energetics: The First Order’ by Daniel Ward and Terre Britton. Who wouldn’t want America to have a self-sustained energy source? Only the U.S. government and the “Big Energy” companies. Now, add the concerns of the entire international community as well as extraterrestrial abduction of one of the scientists, and you are ready to begin the journey.
This book has the rambling adventure of a Clive Cussler yarn, shrouded in the political intrigue of a David Baldacci thriller, wrapped in the mysterious, other worldly, enigma of a Whitley Strieber diary. Throw in the esoteric, technical ramblings of Nikola Telsa, a personal laboratory notebook of James C. Maxwell, a cross-country jaunt and a few bloody noses and you too will believe that Energetics is just the First Order. Be brave, follow along, and see if these inventor’s can reject their null hypotheses, break free of convention, save the world, and reduce the carbon footprint of our modern society down to zero. I can’t wait!