Monday, March 5, 2012

Maple Vanilla Glazed Sweet Bread

I'm shifting my weight back and forth on my seat. I'm looking at my clock, is it 5'o clock yet? My shoulders are getting sore as I can feel my back hunching over. I turn my neck from side to side and I realize I am tapping my foot incessantly on the ground beneath me. My left hand is picking at it's own hangnail. My right hand never moves from the mouse.
I just went to the bathroom, I should stop drinking so much water. Must get up and move. No, have to read an e-mail. Did I already take lunch? Damn it, I did.My eyes are starting to glaze over from staring at the inevitable bright light projected from the eighteen inch computer screen two-feet away from my face. My right leg is falling asleep. Oh God, I am falling asleep. I need coffee. It must be 2:30.

Oh yes, you know this feeling, and you know it well. It's Monday. You're sitting at your desk, and you're hitting the wall. Go to your cafeteria and grab a mug, and maybe tomorrow you can bring along one of these.

Maple Vanilla Glazed Sweet Bread
Dry Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour (9 oz)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Wet Ingredients:
1 cup sour cream
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium bowl, and cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients until flour resembles coarse meal. (One method: Determine 5 tbsp of butter and grate a block of it against the large holes of a box grater. Toss the butter ribbons with the flour mixture, and then use two knives to cut the flour-coated ribbons into 1/4-inch pieces.)
2. In a separate bowl, whisk sour cream, egg yolk and vanilla extract until well blended. Add this to the flour-butter mixture and stir with a fork until dough forms a cohesive ball. Be patient and use a spatula to get the dry bits fully incorporated.
3. Place the sticky dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and pat into a disk (or even a square) about 1-inch in height. Cut the dough into wedges but do not separate. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top.
4. Prepare glaze: place powdered sugar in a medium bowl, and add water one teaspoon at a time, mixing vigorously until smooth and runny. Drizzle or use a pastry brush to glaze warm sweet bread. Best if served immediately. Store cooled sweet bread scones in an airtight container.


S.V. said...

Oh I know this feeling very well it's the same every monday lol. The sweet bread looks yummy.

Unknown said...

::sigh:: I work from home and feel the same way. Work is work, no matter where you do it. At least I'm able to hop up and make these whenever I want so thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks delicious.