A Gift Fit for a King

22 Dec

Christmas cards have been sent, gifts are under the tree, and dinner plans have been made, but let’s not forget what this season is really about, the birth of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Thinking about the Christmas story, I wondered what I would have brought as a gift to the young majesty.  Of course food is always the first thing on my mind. While listening to some Christmas songs, this is what I came up with… So we’ve got “chestnuts roasting on an open fire”, “a turkey and some mistletoe” (By the way, that doesn’t sound appetizing to me.)  “some homemade pumpkin pie”, candy canes, “marshmallows for toasting”, and “some corn for popping”.  Hmm… I think I’ll pass.


On Christmas morning, my favorite thing is to wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread.  Sounds so simple right? Really it is, but I just LOVE it!  I love everything about freshly baked bread, the smell, the texture, and of course, the taste. There is nothing like it. That’s what I would have taken to the new born King.

Now let’s get to baking, we’ve got a King to impress.


6 cups flour

2 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

1 tbsp. or packet of instant yeast

1 cup hot milk

1 cup water

2 tbsp. shortening



  1. Combine flour, salt, sugar, and yeast.
  2. Combine hot milk, water, and shortening; cool to lukewarm.
  3. Add milk to flour mix together to form a soft dough.
  4. Knead dough on a floured surface until it forms a small ball. (about 8 minutes)
  5. Place in a greased bowl; cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise until doubled.
  6. Punch down and shape into two loaves
  7. Place in greased loaf pans.
  8. Cover and let rise until doubled. (about 30 minutes or more)
  9. Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes.

Makes to 2 loaves

Mmm take a bite out of that!


For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.      –Isaiah 9:6


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