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Scrumptious bread? Possibly not – #JusJoJan

Pop over to Judy E Martin , supplier of today’s word “scrumptious” and have a wander around, leave a comment, just say “Hi!”

Scrumptious is such a great word to say out loud. Said with feeling, you can really infuse the word with every last particle of deliciousness if you have just tasted something sublime.

I wish I could report that the results of yesterday’s kitchen magic experiment were scrumptious but I can’t. I made a small but major error in the loaf tin preparation. It’s an old tin and has long since lost its non-stickness. In my defence, I did grease the tin liberally, but forgot to line it with baking parchment.

I blame puppy. She was bouncing around under my feet as I was shaping the dough, ready for the second prove in the tin. I wouldn’t have put it past her to make a swipe at it and race off into the garden! She has an unerring instinct for pinching the very thing you need at that particular moment.

Anyway, back to the bread. Nicely shaped, I quickly popped it into the tin, safely out of puppy’s reach, and covered it to let it do one last prove before baking. I still hadn’t realised my mistake at this point. In fact, I didn’t notice until 5 minutes before it was due out from baking! The clue was lying on the worktop… there lay the baking parchment, folded and ready for use.

Buggrit!

I hoped that perhaps, this time, the greasing had been enough on its own, but I already knew the outcome, my hand reaching for the flexible knife. Once out of the oven I could see there was no hope. The loaf was not going to come out easily. It was welded to the tin! Not willing to give up on several hours of work (mostly waiting patiently for the dough to rise), I set about it with the knife. I’m pleased to say I won the eviction battle, but at a cost. My poor loaf looked a little the worse for wear. A little quick thinking, turning it upside down, I reshaped it and stuck it back in the oven.

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Ah well… it will make great toast … or a lot of bread and butter pudding.

Have a tremendous Tuesday everyone xx


Here are the general rules to follow for Just Jot it January:

1. Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list) counts as a “Jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. I’ll post the daily prompts at 2am my time (GMT -5), every day except for Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness (SoCS) prompt–you’ll find that one on Friday morning at 9:30am. That daily post (i.e. this one) will be where you leave your link for others to find in the comment section. There will be a prompt for every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday.

3. As long as your blog is on WordPress, you’ll be able to link via pingback. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! If you’re participating from another blogging host, just drop a link into the comment section. Note: The newest pingbacks and comments will appear at the top.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. The prompts are here both to remind you and to inspire you to write. However, you don’t have to use the prompt word of the day. You can link any kind of jot back here. Note: If it’s 18+ content, please say so in a comment with your link or close to your pingback.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge so that others can find your post more easily.

8. Have fun!

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