Eating from the Garden and Wonderful Life Farm's Pizza Bread

I've been blogging about food a lot lately.  I think cooking and baking are one of the delightful joys of winter...quiet days for creative pursuits.

Last night for dinner, we had the Barefoot Contessa's Roasted Tomato Basil Soup.  It was like eating summer!  The garden's tomatoes, onions, garlic, and basil were cooked up last summer and frozen...just waiting to warm us on a winter's night.

I whipped up some pizza bread to go with it.  This was a family favorite when I was a kid.

Pizza Bread

3 c. flour
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 t. oregano, crushed
1/4 t. garlic powder
1 1/4 c. water
2 T. butter
1 T. sugar
1/4 c. finely chopped pepperoni

In a mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 c. flour, yeast, oregano, and garlic powder.  In saucepan, heat water, butter, and sugar until warm (115 - 130 degrees), stirring to melt the butter.  Add to dry mixture.  Beat at low speed for 30 seconds; beat at high speed for 3 minutes.  By hand, stir in pepperoni and enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough.  Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.  Punch dough down.  Spread evenly in pgreased 9" x 5" x 3" loaf pan.  Let rise until doubled - about 30 minutes.  Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Remove from pan; cool on rack.

Makes 1 loaf.

Eaten with a small salad and enjoyed with a long letter from a friend just arrived in the afternoon's mail, it was delicious all over again!

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