Battered and Kneaded Bread

yeast bread

Battered and Kneaded Bread

Its your choice when it comes to battered and kneaded breads.

Battered Breads

  • made by mixing
  • can be coarser
  • have one rise

Kneaded Breads

  • can be kneaded by hand or a heavy duty mixer using a dough hook.
  • shaped by mixing and kneading dough.
  • the kneading develops gluten from protein in the flour
  • even texture and has a smooth rounded top.
  • can be left for 15 minutes at room temperature
  • can cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours to slow the rising process then gently push your fist into the dough to deflate it

How to get a rise out of your dough is rather simple

  • grease a large bowl (twice as large as the dough) using shortening or cooking spray,
  • add the dough to the greased bowl turning it so all sides of the dough are greased.
  • cover the bowl of greased dough with saran wrap
  • set this bowl on a rack in a warm draft-free place. over a bowl of hot water.

Glazing Bread

  • Shiny crust – egg beaten with a little water added to it. If desired, sprinkle with rolled oats, poppy seeds, caraway, sesame seeds, rosemary, endless ways.
  • Golden brown crust – brush with softened butter or margarine
  • Crisp crust – brush or spray lightly with water
  • Soft, tender crust – brush with milk     

Be Creative 

  • Slash the top of the bread with a sharp serrated knife (1/4 inch depth in the center of the bread)
Baking Battered and Kneaded Bread
  • adjust oven racks
  • center the pan, sheets, stoneware in the middle of the office not touching anything else.
  • crisp, brown crust, bake on stoneware sprinkled with cornmeal.

Battered and Kneaded Bread Storage Instructions

  • store in a cool, dry place for 5-7 days.
  • refrigerator causes bread to become stale faster
  • freeze 2-3 months

 

Yeast

Yeast is essential ingredient in breads and it is an living organism

 

Its best to use yeast at room temperature

What decreases the yeasts activity is when it comes in direct contact with salt or sugar

Take its temperature.by using a thermometer, its temperature should be 120*f to 130*f

Add 
  • to dry ingredients
  • to wet (water) (before mixing with dry ingredients).
  • dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup of 110*f to 115*f water (before mixing with all the other dry ingredients) then, add up to 3 packets of yeast, depending on your recipe to the sugar solution.  Stir in yeast until completely dissolved. Let mixture stand until yeast begins to foam vigorously (5-10 minutes).

Re hydrating dry yeast before using it gives it a good start because, the yeast will feed on the sugar allowing it to become very active and ready to work in your dough.

Benefits

  • rich source of B Vitamins
  • converts ferment able carbohydrates as maltose, glucose, fructose and sucrose into carbon dioxide and alcohol.

Yeast conversion is based on the flour in your recipes

Flour Dry Yeast
cups pkg .25 oz teaspoons
0-4 1 2 1/4
4-8 2 4 1/2
8-12 3 6 3/4
12-16 4 9

Ex: the recipes calls for 6 cups of flour you would use 2 (.25 oz packets) or 4 1/2 teaspoons of dry yeast.

It Was An Exhilarating Night

youth outreach

What an exhilarating night we had! There were many new faces, adults from the local community were coming out of their homes to see what was going on at the local park.  The light is penetrating the darkness.  The light is getting brighter each week.  There are so many new faces that are assisting, taking ownership and leadership for the community.Exhilarating Night

Where did the time go?

From introductions, coloring, playing games, talking, singing, feeding, encouraging this exhilarating night is over already.  Well it’s only over for this particular night!  We are full of much anticipation for another night with these at-risk children.

Life skills

A local teenager from the community, is giving back already.  He has taken the lead with B-B-Q-in the meal.  He comes ready to serve and is trying to keep his smiles at bay yet, these smiles sneak in when you compliment him.  He enjoys listening to our conversations, to see what truly excites us and what an exhilarating feeling that must be for him.

We are to build others up

At the beginning of the night this teen girl shared with me her interest in singing and how she struggled with it because of her shyness. I spoke to her with words of encouragement. I handed her the microphone as she sat at the table and encouraged her to talk into the microphone.  Eventually, she sang and built the courage up to get in front of everyone to sing.

Departure

Upon departure a new girl and her sister asked if we were going to be back again.  I said, every Wednesday, she said, okay, but, are you really coming back?  I said, “YES” of course!

Why would she ask a question like that?  If you don’t know it is because, they are looking for dedication and commitment in their lives. Maybe others have promised things yet never followed through or maybe because, people have not taken a genuine interest in their lives.

Redemption

Ephesians 1:7-8
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

Abuse Traits or Characteristics

cycle of abuse

Abuse

What are the characteristics of emotional abuse?

Emotional abuse is any nonphysical behavior or attitude that controls, intimidates, subjugate, demeans, punishes or isolates another person by using degradation, humiliation or fear.
  •  yelling,
  • screaming, and
  • name-calling are all forms of emotional abuse, as are more
  • subtle tactics such as: refusing to be pleased with anything,
  • isolating an individual from family and friends and
  • invalidating another’s thoughts and feelings.

 Examples of emotionally abusive behaviors include:

  • Humiliating and degrading
  • Discounting, distorting and negating
  • Accusing and blaming
  • Isolating
  • Withholding affection and emotional support
  • Withholding financial resources
  • Dismissive, disapproving, or contemptuous looks, comments or behavior
  • Threatening harm to an individual’s pets, possessions or person

The effects of emotional abuse are often debilitating the symptoms you may have are:

  • depression,
  • confusion,
  • difficulty concentrating and making decisions,
  • overwhelming feelings of worthlessness,
  • hopelessness and
  • poor physical health.
What is the difference between emotional abuse and occasional outbursts of anger?  It’s important to distinguish between emotional abuse and an occasional outburst of anger.  Because, everyone has a bad day once in a while and they may respond with a harsh or negative word on occasion.

Emotional abuse is an ongoing pattern of behavior designed to:

  • control,
  • manipulate and
  • subjugate another that usually occurs behind closed doors.
Example: When you set the table for dinner, your spouse or family member will come into the kitchen, walk around the table, and adjust the placement of the silverware, plates and glasses, saying some day you may or will get it right or maybe not ….

Why does one individual abuse another individual?

While the reasons for emotional abuse are complex, most experts believe it is rooted in unresolved childhood trauma. The individual is in as much pain as their victims, only they don’t realize it!  It takes a great deal of effort and professional guidance for an abuser to overcome his destructive patterns of behavior.

What does the Bible say?

Nowhere in scripture does God sanction any kind of abuse!  In 1 Corinthians 13, 4-7 God tells us what love is and what it is not. “It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs…It always protects

In regards to abuse within marriage, some misinterpret Ephesians 5:22 to justify abusive behavior. Scripture reveals that the marriage relationship is to reflect Christ’s relationship with his church—one of sacrificial love.  A wife is called to respond to her husband’s biblical headship, not to his destructive and sinful behavior, just as the wife’s mandate is to respect her husband. God never condones abuse!

Can survivors of emotional abuse find help and hope?

If you or someone you love is a victim of emotional abuse, there is hope! You can stop the cycle of abuse today by reaching out for help!

You were created for so much more!

You were created to have emotional freedom, inner peace, and strong self-esteem. Emotional abuse has undermined God’s plan for your life, your joy, and your peace. But what others have sabotaged, God can rebuild!”

Emotional abuse is rampant in our culture, and Christians are not immune. While all emotionally abusive relationships exact a toll on their victims, this type of domestic abuse within marriage is particularly destructive. The intimate nature of the marriage relationship presents unique challenges.

Do you feel like you are walking on eggshells?

Were you raised in a dysfunctional family?  Our childhood experiences may set us up for making poor choices later on in life.  You may need help to work through the challenges—as a couple, individually or both.

Victims

Find a safe place to talk and to someone, seek professional guidance each situation must be assessed on an individual level.

Is separation from this individual an option?

Separation

A time to heal in the life of the abuser. It forces them to face the destructive nature of their behavior and gives them an opportunity to seek help. The ultimate goal of this type of separation is healing—for the victim, the abuser and the marriage.  When a woman says, If I stay here much longer, I’m going to hurt myself or he’s going to hurt me, it’s time for them to move into a period of separation,” There are safety factors for individuals or families that need to be considered.”

During the separation, the victim, with guidance from a counselor, can begin to set appropriate boundaries and goals for the relationship. The abuser can also begin to address the issues causing their behavior. When both partners are willing to do the necessary and painful work required for healing, spouses can salvage the relationship.
Sometimes—and despite best efforts—separation and divorce are unavoidable. Other times, couples restore their relationship.  It has been a long and difficult journey, but you can find healing—individually and in their marriage. “It may seem hopeless at the time, but it’s not.
There is a way out, there is hope!

An emotionally abusive childhood

Your childhood may have been emotionally abusive and unpredictable. My mother, struggled from mental illness when I was a child. Not only did the incidents of violent and frightening outbursts of rage leave me feeling insecure, unloved and inherently bad, I sought out my attention by ditching school altogether or seeking affection from the opposite sex. Lonely, insecure and feeling unloved, I grew to accept cruel and destructive behavior from friends, thinking I didn’t deserve any better.  Then I met _____,  described it as “love at first sight.” But he had a difficult home life, too. Raised by an abusive, alcoholic mother and burdened by the trauma of his past, he grew increasingly controlling and possessive.  As the abuse worsened, so did my health. I developed chronic pain. Although he was not a good fit for me I seemed to thrive for the challenge of tug of war.  I can honestly say this pattern repeated with other relationships, some with different outcomes and different forms of abuse.

Now, almost 50 years old I strive to remain healthy. I know I can heal from a lifetime of abuse. It’s taken me some time to learn to trust people and to form healthy, biblical friendships.” Despite the time it has taken to heal, I am grateful for all the love and support I have received from family and friends.

My testimony of God’s faithfulness and love. God has redeemed my pain and uses it to bring healing to others.