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I Love Baking, But I'm No Professional

Posted Oct 18 2010 8:03pm
Monday morning Amanda blogged about baking a loaf of bread we had both seen on Jenna's blog: Cinnamon Walnut Bread. All day long I thought about this bread. Cinnamon, carbs, cinnamon, carbs. I was even tempted to skip Boot Camp just so I would be eating it sooner. Alas, exercise is just as important as pleasing my palate, so I met up with Amanda and Mary for class.

Class consisted of:
  • Warm-up laps (I missed bc I was late, oops), stretching
  • 4 laps around the park, 40 lunges, 40 push-ups, 40 crunches, 40 supermans (supermen?)
  • 3 laps around the park, 30 lunges, 30 push-ups, 30 crunches, 30 supermans
  • 2 laps around the park, 20 lunges, 20 push-ups, 20 crunches, 20 supermans
  • 1 lap around the park, 10 lunges, 10 push-ups, 10 crunches, 10 supermans
  • and then we did rows, bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, mountain climbers, chest presses, jumping jacks, wide squat jumps for 45 seconds each
  • Cool down stretching
Damn straight I was baking bread after that.

I used Jenna's recipe but made four changes...one because I'm sweet, one because I'm spicy, one because I'm creamy, and one because I'm dumb. Just wait.

First, I mixed the dry ingredients:
 Oh snap, I forgot the sugar. There we go.
 I then incorporated the wet ingredients into the dry:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 large egg

 I poured it into a greased loaf pan and baked for 35 minutes on 350*. 
 Then I attempted to clean up my mess. Told you I'm no profesh. 
And then Margaret called and I realized I forgot to fold in the nuts. The nuts for Cinnamon Walnut Bread. Really, Christina!?
Then, I committed my favorite baking sin. I opened the oven to take a peek and a pic. Sue me.
All mishaps aside, I created a beautiful loaf whose cinnamony sweet aroma permeated throughout my kitchen. 
The smell of this bread instantly erased all the push-ups and squats from my memory.
 I ate a big fat slice drizzled with honey.
And now I'm watching football. Life is good.
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