I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season and that the start of the New Year brings peace to everyone during these difficult times.
As I write this newsletter, snow is falling outside my window for the first time this year. Our twinkling Christmas tree and decorated window create a picturesque frame to the majestic, but chilly outside. There’s not enough snow to build a snowman or a fort, but just enough to coat the trees and dust the grass evenly. The view alone makes me think of homemade braided cinnamon wreaths and a hot cup of cocoa. I included my yummy braided cinnamon wreath with cream cheese frosting at the bottom of this newsletter. It’s not only scrumptious, but looks pretty with its white frosting and cinnamon sugar coating. YUM!
Back to books, can you tell I love food?
Word count is moving. I’ve started to focus again on DNA and I can’t wait to introduce Karen, my newest character, as she counts down the days to her own Christmas due date. DNA: 37,370 words Dalya Book III (Stranger Shores? I haven’t settled on the title yet, maybe in the next newsletter I’ll do a vote): 16,694
Braided Cinnamon Wreath I like making this recipe into a wreath shape and then cutting slices of it, but you can make mini rolls too.
Dough 1/2 cup of warm milk 110°F 2 1/4 tsp yeast 1/8 cup melted butter 1 egg yolk 1 TBSP sugar 2 cups of flour 1/2 tsp. salt
Cream Cheese Frosting 2 oz cream cheese 4 TBSP melted butter 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 cup of powder sugar
Mix milk, yeast, sugar, melted butter, & egg yolk. Allow it to sit for ten minutes.
Mix in the shifted flour & salt. Knead the dough into a ball and place the dough in a greased bowl. Cover bowl with towel or plastic wrap and place in warm area to rise for at least one hour.
Whisk butter, cinnamon, and sugar.
Flour your work area and roll out the dough into an 8 x 12 rectangle. Spread 3/4 of the filling on it. Roll the dough long ways into a log. Slice the rolled up dough down the center and separate. Take one of each end and braid the two pieces together into a circle. Brush remaining filling on the top. Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes Drop the temperature to 350° and back for an additional 10 minutes.
While baking, beat cream cheese, melted butter, vanilla extract, and powder sugar until smooth. Drizzle on hot cinnamon wreath and enjoy.
As always, check out the books below, most of them are on sale or free!