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, N.N. Light, and her recipe for Sally’s Fresh Bread along with an introduction to her contemporary romance/new adult, Planting the Seeds of Love. Please join me in welcoming N.N. Light and savor her recipe for homemade bread as you read about her new book!
Sally’s Fresh Bread Recipe
There’s nothing like the smell of fresh baked bread and this is the Rayton bread recipe handed down for several generations. Sally graciously shares it today so we all can benefit. The recipe is super-easy and can be done in a bread machine, too (just make sure you add the ingredients per your bread machine specifications).
1 ¼ cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (or 1 envelope)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted or olive oil
1 ½ teaspoon salt
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
Pour warm water into a large bowl (I use a candy thermometer to measure the temperature) and sprinkle yeast over the water. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar to activate the yeast. Set aside and let proof for about 20 minutes.
Pour yeast mixture into a large bowl and add sugar, butter and salt. Add flour, one cup at a time, until mixture forms a soft dough. Knead until smooth like a baby bum, about 10-15 minutes. Grease your bowl with some cooking spray or butter and place dough back in the bowl. Leave covered in a warm place for about 90-120 minutes or until more than doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Meanwhile grease a loaf pan and set aside. Punch down dough to release all the gas and air bubbles. Form into a loaf and place in the loaf pan. Do NOT cover and allow to rise 60-90 minutes (depending on how high you want your bread to be).
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Bread will make a hollow sound when tapped. Allow to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, take the bread out of the pan and allow to cool fully on a wire rack. Slice and serve.
It will usually stay fresh in a plastic bread bag for about a week. Trust me, you will love the taste of homemade bread and it makes your house smell divine. Enjoy!
Torn between two men, Sally must follow her heart and decide if love will lead her to the city or the countryside.
Twenty-Two-year-old Sally Rayton returns to the family farm she deserted four years ago to bury her grandfather. Her plan: to settle her grandfather’s estate and return to her life in the city with her boyfriend, Trevor Mattson.
Her childhood friend, Jack Smith, has other ideas.
Jack convinces Sally to transform the farm into a brewery and fulfill her grandfather’s dream while keeping the Rayton Farm in the family. Sally works side-by-side with Jack while Trevor is hundreds of miles away in the city. The more time she spends with Jack, the stronger her feelings are for him.
When Trevor shows up to propose to Sally right before Christmas and finds her in Jack’s embrace, she must make the biggest choice of her life: true love.
Excerpt:”Jack, thank you so much for the lift into town,” a woman replied behind Sally. “Let’s grab some lunch before we shop.”
Sally froze. She stared at Linda who shook her head. What was Jack doing with a woman in town?
“Here, let me take your coat, Emma,” Jack said.
Emma? mouthed Sally to Linda.
“She’s the daughter of Lonnie and Mary Beth.” Linda gave Emma the look-over and scoffed, “She can’t be a day over sixteen.”
“What do I do?” Sally panicked. Normally she didn’t care what Jack did or who he went off with. Curiosity got the better of her and she turned around.
Emma stood five foot three with curly blonde hair and innocent green eyes. Her figure was slim with curves in all the right places. Sally narrowed her eyes as Emma stood on tiptoe to kiss Jack on the cheek.
Fuming, Sally turned around. Linda chuckled.
“You better tone down your jealousy, darlin’. You’re shooting darts everywhere.”
Sally gritted her teeth.
“I’m not jealous. If Jack wants school girls kissing him, what do I care?” She took a deep drink of her coffee, draining the cup. She slammed it down.
“Simmer down, here they come,” whispered Linda. She waved to Jack while Sally swore under her breath.
“Well, fancy meeting you two here,” Jack drawled.
Without looking up Sally retorted, “I told you I was coming into town today.”
Linda kicked Sally’s leg under the table. Sally plastered a smile across her face, greeting Jack and Emma.
“Yes, what a coincidence.” Sally noticed Emma looping her arm in Jack’s and snuggling closer.
“I was on my way into town to pick up those parts we ordered for the tractor when I ran into Emma walking by herself in the snow.” Jack smiled. Emma squeezed his arm.
“He pulled over and offered me a lift into town. Isn’t he a gentleman?” cooed Emma. Jack patted her hand.
Sally’s chest constricted at the sight of the two of them acting all couple-y. She stared into his twinkling eyes. Oh God, is he laughing at me? Emma can’t have him. He’s mine. Wait what?
“So,” Linda broke the strained silence. “I have to go powder my nose. Emma, would you care to join me?”
“What’s that?” Emma looked confused.
Linda laughed. “It’s the bathroom, dear sweet child.” She stood up, untangled Emma from Jack and guided Emma away from the table.
Jack sat down.
“What’s with you today?” he asked.
“Nothing.” Sally cleared her throat.
He raised an eyebrow.
“Really!” A few diners turned to stare. Sally flushed with embarrassment. She didn’t mean to talk so loud. She looked everywhere except in Jack’s direction.
Jack observed Sally as she fidgeted, first with her coffee cup then with the silverware. His gaze unnerved her and she practically jumped out of her chair when he placed a hand over hers. Electricity flew up her arm while warmth filled her core. Butterflies raced around her stomach, only she didn’t feel sick; she pulsed with life, like never before.
“Sally…look at me.”
Sally shook her head.
“You’ll only laugh at me.”
Jack’s thumb caressed her hand gently, causing her breath to hitch.
“You know I’d never laugh at you. Laugh with you, definitely, but never at you.”
Sally lifted her gaze to meet Jack’s loving eyes. He slid his fingers between hers, never breaking eye contact. Sparks flew between them. He moistened his lips with a flick of his tongue. Her gaze dropped to his lips.
“Please tell me. I’m begging you,” he whispered.
Unable to think clearly through the fog of desire, Sally tilted her head to one side. Her skin vibrated with heat while her nerve-endings jumped at the slightest caress.
“Tell you what?” she whispered. Her throat dry, her breathing shallow, she wet her lips with her tongue. She was under a spell and everything fell away except for Jack’s passionate eyes.
“Tell me what my wasted heart needs to hear.” His eyes flashed. “Tell me Emma made you jealous.”
Sally started to nod but Emma interrupted.
“What are you guys talking about in hushed tones? Crops and stuff?”
Jack groaned. He dropped Sally’s hand as if it burned him, causing the water glasses to jostle.
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Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01581XM50
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01581XM50
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01581XM50
Meet N.N. Light:
N.N. Light is the best-selling husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.
They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.
Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG and Independent Author Network.
In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.
Connect with N.N. Light:
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/nnlight
Independent Author Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/n-n-light.html
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