Creative Living: Bread shaping tips featured on show

Information on shaping breads and new crafting products will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.)

Sharon Davis is with the Home Baking Assn. in Manhattan, Kan., and she's going to demonstrate making breads shaped like Grandma used to do. According to Davis, Grandma was right about having mashed potatoes in her dough and about how pioneers knew how to make the best three-grain bread — and she'll show how to do this.

Crafter and designer, Donna Salazar is going to show an array of new products for crafters and those who enjoy being creative. This includes a die set, spritzers, glitter, stamps and much more. Her company is Donna Salazar Designs and she's from Irvine, Calif.

Information on using pre-packaged convenience products, making window shades and planning for retirement will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" noon on Tuesday and 2 p.m. on Saturday (All times are Mountain.)

Roxanne Wyss, home economist with Williams Foods, Inc. in Lenexa, Kan., will demonstrate some great ways to spice up any recipe — using pre-packaged convenience products.

Jana Beus, pattern designer for Simplicity Pattern Co. in New York city, will share some ideas for creating valances and matching shades for windows.

Thomas Lee, an elder attorney with Senior Resources of America in West Hills, Calif., will discuss retirement, the "golden years" and second careers.

Monkey bread

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted, optional
  • 1/2 recipe refrigerator rolled dough
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/8 cup Sugar

Grease two 9-inch bread pans or a 12-cup tube pan. Combine cinnamon with sugar in small bowl. Add nuts if desired. Divide dough in half. Divide each half into about 24 dough pieces. Sprinkle half the cinnamon nut mixture in bottom of each pan. Round out each dough piece; dip in cinnamon sugar mixture; place tightly against each other in bottom of pan; stack second layer on top as needed. Pan should be about half full. Cover; let rise until doubled. Dough will rise to top of pan or slightly higher. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine beaten egg and 1 tablespoon water; brush top of each loaf and sprinkle with sugar just before baking. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until center is 190 degrees F. and top is golden. Remove from oven and place on wire cooling rack. Cool 5 minutes and turn out of pans, upside down. Serve warm. Yield: One or two loaves, 10 servings.

"Creative Living" is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink, Albuquerque.

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