Tuesday, March 26, 2013

by Nina M. Osier

Captain Rik Boehmer is the first Human, the first native of the colony on Luna to which his ancestors fled from the Protectorate’s compulsory amalgamation of species, to leave that colony and enter military service. For this his people have ostracized him, allowing him to come home only for the purpose of fathering children in order to conserve the precious "pure Human" genes his body carries.

Now the Humans have a plan, and they’re ready to take back their world at any cost. So Rik Boehmer, caught squarely between his duty to his comrades and his love for his young family on Luna, has some hellishly difficult choices to make.

Science Fiction, Futuristic Romance, Adventure

Orbital Easter Bread

6-10 eggs in shell, uncooked
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. shortening
Grated peel of 2 lemons
2 pkgs. active dry yeast
1/2 c. warm water (110-115 degrees)
2 eggs, room temperature
4 1/2 c. sifted all purpose flour
1 egg, beaten
Star shaped candy decorations
Wash uncooked eggs. Tint with egg coloring; set aside. 
Scald milk; add sugar, salt, shortening, and lemon peel. 
Cool to LUKEWARM *, sprinkle yeast on warm water; stir to dissolve; add to milk mixture with the 2 eggs, slightly beaten, and 2 1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour, a little at a time, to form a dough that is easy to handle. Turn onto lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, 5-8 minutes.

Place in lightly greased bowl; turn dough over to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place free from drafts until doubled, about 1 hour punch down; cover and let rise again until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.

Make 2 large braided rings by dividing dough into 4 parts. Form each part into a 36 inch rope. On a greased baking sheet, shape 2 of the ropes into a very loosely braided ring, leaving space for 3-5 eggs. Repeat with other 2 ropes of dough for second ring. Insert the uncooked, colored eggs in spaces of each ring. Cover; let rise until doubled. Brush evenly with beaten egg.

Sprinkle with tiny decorating candies. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Serve warm or cold.

* If the scalded milk is too hot, it will kill the yeast and the bread won't rise. If it is too cold, the yeast will not go forth and multiply and the bread won't rise.  It must be just a comfortable temperature to dip a finger in.  Wash your hands before dipping, but don't worry too much about germs, as cooking the bread will kill any that get into the dough.

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