Cheese Butter Braid

20121107-134128.jpg I did something different this week, I woke up at 6 am, like I normally do, but instead of getting coffee, turning on the Internet to see what was going on, I baked a pastry instead. We get comfortable with a routine sometimes, and sometimes we so comfortable with a routine, we simply will use an excuse and say, oh I don’t have time.

It not that we don’t have the time, it more like we don’t want disrupt the routine we are comfortable with. Making time is about rearranging your schedule, most people hate making changes. Let’s look at something, your done with work, but still need to make dinner. You want your family to eat better, but your child only wants chicken nuggets right now. Your thinking, you don’t have time to make chicken nuggets so would be easier to just run to McDonald’s and pick up chicken nuggets. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Ok let’s break this down, McDonald’s is a 20 minute drive from work, get in line at the drive through and waste about 10 minutes there ordering and getting the nuggets. So far you done 30 minutes for these nuggets, get home it is about 20 minute drive home from McDonalds. So now it been 50 minutes since you decided you don’t have time to make the nuggets and easier to get from McDonalds, correct.

Ok let’s look at it from just a rearrangement of your schedule, you know you want to make nuggets so before work you have the chicken in your fridge so when get home you can make nuggets. Get the oil and breading on your counter, so it will be there when you get home. Go to work, it is a 20 minute drive to get home. Get home take your coat off, get the chicken out the fridge, it takes 10 minutes to do the prep work to make chicken nuggets and cooking time is about about 3-5 minutes in the oil, no more then about 10 minutes to cook the nuggets. It just depends on how you fry them. So the total time from driving home from work to making them 40 minutes at the most. So how can you not have time to make something? You did 50 minutes of time to drive and pick it up, yet 40 minutes of driving home and making the meal. See how the excuse i do not have time sounds in this scenario?

It a matter of getting out of a routine and changing it up. I decided to change up my routine. I made a dough, I raised it over night, woke up, then baked my pastry, while I got ready for work. The smell of a fresh baked pastry actually energized me. That aroma was something of spark to get me through my day. Plus the joy of doing something out of my normal routine was fun. We do need to change things up from time to time.

3/4 c water
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla
3 c flour
6 Tbs sugar
1/4 c butter (softened)
1 tsp salt
2 Tbs dry milk
1 1/2 tsp yeast

Add to bread machine and set on “dough” cycle. Cut dough in half to make two breads. Roll each out into a rectangle. add the filling in the center of each dough, leaving space on the edges. Cut 1 inch strips on the sides from edge to center. Fold in and tuck under strips to give a braided appearance

Let rise overnight and bake at 375 for 15- 20 minutes or until light brown. Add frosting or glaze

4oz Cream Cheese
2 Tbs Butter
3 Tbs Powdered Sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

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