Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Janet Wellington, and her recipe for Mr. Johnson’s Sweet Dark Bread along with an introduction to her time travel historical romance (part of the Seductive Supernaturals box set), Forever Rose. Please join me in welcoming Janet and savor her recipe for Sweet Dark Bread as you read about her new book!
Raise your hand if you’ve never baked a loaf of bread in your life? That used to be me too…but, I decided to change that! A few months ago I baked my first round loaf of “easy, no-knead” bread and it was delicious! At the time I couldn’t help thinking about a bread that is mentioned in my first time travel historical romance that–in the story– I just called “Mr. Johnson’s dark sweet bread.”
So, I decided to make it for this blog post!
I looked for different recipes online and here is my blended version, using rye and regular all-purpose flour.
Mr. Johnson’s Sweet Dark Bread
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
2- 1/4 ounce packages of active dry yeast
1 tablespoon salt
1/3 cup molasses (I’d add a bit more than this next time!)
1 tablespoon sugar (I’d make this 2 TBL next time!)
3 1/4 cups rye flour
2 cups water
In a large bowl combine: all-purpose flour, cocoa, salt, yeast.
On stovetop, heat and stir molasses, butter, sugar, 2 cups water and 2 tablespoons olive oil until warm; 110⁰-115⁰F (use a kitchen thermometer to check temp so it’s not too hot).
Add this to the dry mixture.
Beat at low speed 30 seconds or so, scraping bowl.
Beat 3 minutes at high speed.
By hand, stir in enough rye flour to make a soft dough.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. I’m recommending 10 minutes instead of 5 minutes, which many of the recipes stated…and you can use a stand mixer’s dough hook, which I would definitely try next time–kneading is hard!
Cover and let rest 20 minutes.
Punch down the dough and divide in half.
Shape into 2 round loaves on greased baking sheet. Brush with olive oil then slash tops with knife.
Cover and let rise until it doubles (about an hour).
Bake at 400⁰ for 25-30 minutes.
Remove from baking sheet and place on racks to cool.
Tarot cards predict a dangerous journey for Taylor Rose, but she doesn’t expect to travel back in time to 1888 San Diego. What the cards didn’t predict was falling for a man bent on revenge, a helpful ghost, and spooky séances. Is she there to prevent a murder or to find love?
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Could she be the one?
“Let me see your hands.” Madame Rosalinda reached out her own pale, wrinkled hands and waited.
When the young woman obeyed and extended her hands, she said, “So tell me, are you interested in palmistry, perchance? Or perhaps we should talk to the Tarot, hmm?” As she grasped the young woman’s hands she turned them both palm up and carefully inspected the long, artistically slender fingers. When she shifted her focus to the major lines of her palms, a jolt of heat coursed up her arms and caused her to gasp unexpectedly.
It was the first sign.
“Are you all right?” the young woman asked as she pulled back her hands.
“Oh, not to worry, now. I just had a bit of a rheumatoid twinge in my old bones. Not to worry.” She once again held out her hands and smiled warmly, hoping she hadn’t frightened her into leaving before she’d fully discovered what she felt certain she was about to find.
Visibly relieved, the young woman reciprocated with a weak smile, putting her hands back on the table.
Taking her right hand, Madame Rosalinda turned it gently to examine the area on the side opposite the thumb, hopeful at what might be revealed there. Just below the little finger she noted the mount of Mercury, then looked down to the mount of Mars just at the edge of the palm. She saw a great steadiness in her, and the mount of Moon indicated the young woman’s great imagination.
Then she studied the lines of travel. Oh, my. It had been a long time since she’d seen that particular configuration and she was careful not to react. The young woman’s lines of travel delicately crisscrossed into an ethereal star-shape. From the star-shape, a shallow, barely visible line extended all the way to the palm and eventually intersected with the line of destiny.
The second sign.
Could she be the one? The thought made her tremble inside, though, once again, she held her reaction in check, hoping to not reveal to the young woman the intensity she felt with every cell of her being.
“Do you see anything interesting?” The young woman’s voice was quiet, barely audible.
“I see much happiness for you, my dear, in the very near future.” She released her hands and stared into the young woman’s luminous green eyes.
Yes, you could well be the one. The Tarot will tell.
“Would you like to see what the Tarot cards show for you?” She reached into a pocket of her long black skirt and then placed a small deck of cards on the table. “Place your right hand on the cards. Try to empty your mind. Think of nothing.”
Waiting for the girl’s breathing to become relaxed, she observed her carefully. Though mostly hidden under the brimmed straw hat, wispy curls framed the young face, her complexion creamy and fair. Laugh lines creased the corners of her eyes and there was a hint of a dimple in each cheek. Yes, her first impression had been correct. The young woman was not overtly feminine, but she was attractive in a natural, plain sort of way, which would serve her well.
As she squinted at her, she guessed the young woman to be somewhere in her twenties. Hopefully with enough life experiences to cope with what might come, but young enough to have an open mind, the old woman hoped. Slight of build, she appeared to be in good physical condition and there was a clear sense of inner and outer strength in her.
“You may open your eyes now, my dear.”
The old woman tipped her head back and, closing her eyes, she said, “May the angels and guardians of all worlds be with us today as we consult the ancient Tarot. May we see clearly and trust that the truth…is before us.” She felt her head gently drop forward, almost as though she were no longer in complete control. No matter how many times she’d felt it, it still frightened her a bit. She breathed deeply, raised her head, and then opened her eyes. “Let us begin. What is your name, dear?”
The breath the young woman apparently had been holding escaped from between tightly pressed lips. “Taylor. Taylor Martin.”
“Ah, an unusual given name. Taylor, please mix the cards and choose a number lower than twenty-two, and we will begin our inquiry.”
“Eleven,” Taylor answered after she had shuffled the cards several times.
“Now, take the eleventh card from the deck and place it face down on the table. Mix the cards again, and choose a number below twenty-one,” she said. Taylor obliged, and they repeated the process until five cards were face down on the table.
As Madame Rosalinda held her hands over them, she felt a distinct vibration rising from the five cards.
The third sign.
Janet Wellington writes award-winning romance, women’s fiction and paranormal romance. Her stories are heart-centered, filled with interesting settings and secondary characters, and a guaranteed transformational happy ending. Publishers Weekly says, “this author proves to be a master of rising above the usual stereotypical romance elements, creating a believable plot and characters readers root for from page one. Enjoyable and fresh.” On her Facebook author page, every Friday is Pie Day (yum!) and you’ll also see cute critter photos (especially cats!), posts about books and libraries, and super cute pics of her 90-years-young mother!
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