|Whole Wheat Rolls baked yesterday for our Care Group tonight...they will be delish with Italian Beef Sandwiches|
I have made quite a bit of bread over the last 5 years. It has been a growing experience for sure. I have shed many tears over loaves of bread that resembled bricks more than bread. If you don't believe me, just ask my husband. However, I have found like most things in life a little practice and perseverance does in fact pay off.
I still have days where my bread is flat, dense, crackly or just does not look right, but I would have to say that I love making bread. I also love sharing my bread with others who enjoy it. This year for Christmas I got creative and created the "Sweet Mama Zog Bread of the Month Club."
Where did the name "Sweet Mama Zog come from? When we lived in Chicago, every Sunday evening I combined the the dry ingredients for pancake mix to be used for the early morning men's group of our church in Chicago. A couple cups of freshly ground whole wheat flour, ground flax seed, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon made up the mix. My baking guesture soon became named "Sweet Mama Zog's Down Home Flapjacks" or "Sweet Mama Zog's Good Cookin....something or other...Pancakes." The name was quite long, cumbersome and hard to remember exactly, since I think it did often change, but it always started with "Sweet Mama Zog." So, there you have it, the history behind the name.
A select few family members received this "Bread of the Month Club" coupon and are now reaping the delicious breads of the month for the year of 2011. In January I made Italian Walnut Raisin Bread that is one of my favorite recipes from: The Bread Bible: Beth Hensperger's 300 Favorite Recipes. I plan to make the February bread this weekend, I am thinking that heart shaped cinnamon rolls might be fun for Valentine's Day.