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Preston Hill Bakery Chocolate Bread | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Firstly, thank you, EVERY ONE OF YOU, for the unbelievably kind, thoughtful and supportive comments, e-mails and text messages you sent my way about my last post. Your kindness has blown me away, and I am ever the more grateful for this space we share. I read each message with sincere appreciation and each one has helped me to heal. Thank you thank you.

Secondly, I’m writing this post as I devour yet another slice of this chocolate bread, because it is truly the greatest thing to come out of my kitchen in weeks — maybe even months. Each bite is soft, chewy, full of melty chocolate bits and I cannot stop eating it. I’m about to go in for another slice, if I’m being honest.

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Chocolate Cinnamon Roll Wreath | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Easter is just around the corner (seriously, it’s coming up on us RIGHT QUICK) and I don’t know about you, but I’m already thinking about brunch. It’s what I do.

Many years in my youth, my family would go to the restaurant Easter brunch buffet. Sometimes this wasn’t so bad — I would get my fill of that prime rib station and a plate full of mini cheesecakes. Other years, not so much. Once, I encountered an extremely hot outdoor tent buffet with supposed-to-be-cold kale salad that was melting into a puddle of ice cubes-turned-water next to a tray of cheese cubes that were fused together by the sun’s death rays (though also, perhaps, banding together as a way to survive), and a terrifying man-size bunny that greeted every table with his terrifying man-size immobile bunny face. I think there also might have been an entire family in overalls and flannel, if memory serves.

This year, I’m avoiding any potential chances for a recurrence of things past while also graduating beyond the prime rib/mini cheesecake situation. I’m bringing this chocolate cinnamon roll wreath front and center instead.

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How to Proof or Activate Dry Yeast {VIDEO} | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Hi hi hiiiiiiiii! It’s Thursday, which is almost Friday, which is almost the weekend, and I’m in South Carolina this week with some blogger friends wearing leggings (mandatory), eating delicious food (naturally) and talking shop/non-shop, nonstop (love). It’s been a great getaway so far and I will share more details later (though you can follow along on the shenanigans via Snapchat –> stephmwise), but for now, let’s talk about the fact that I made you another video (!!!).

I’m really trying to get the hang of this video thing, as it’s, uh, not my forte. This is why I blog behind a computer screen where I can type up words and edit them before I share them with the world (though that doesn’t really stop me from oversharing anyway, but I digress). With video, I can edit all of my blunders, too, but people, there are SO MANY BLUNDERS. Ask the husband, who typically acts as my cameraman/director/warn-er of “babe, you’ve said ‘um’ a dozen times in the last five seconds and also have not blinked.” Bless him. But I’m going to keep practicing, and while video obviously will never take over on this blog, it may make an appearance more often, especially when I feel it is more helpful than just looking at photos.

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Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower Mushroom Stromboli | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

I’m going through a phase where nearly every meal must include cheese.

This phase has lasted my entire life.

I love cheese. I love all kinds of cheese. In fact, when I went to France in college with my mom and her friend and we went to a cheese tasting and everyone else turned up their nose at the “stinky” cheeses, I took seconds. I can hardly resist the cheese samples at our local grocery store. And whenever a recipe calls for cheese, I add more.

We legitimately have a cheese drawer in our refrigerator. There is an entire drawer dedicated to (and filled to the brim with) cheese. Shredded cheese for our scrambled eggs, tacos, etc.; sliced cheese for grilled cheese and sandwiches; blocks of cheese for snacking (like night cheese, for instance); cheese sticks for the tot. You get the idea.

So it’s no surprise that when I decided to make this cauliflower mushroom stromboli, I went heavy on the cheese. But really, do you blame me? Let’s keep that question rhetorical.

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Pumpernickel Bagels | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

I regret to say that these pumpernickel bagels have been a year in the making on GVD. During my reader survey last year, a reader commented that he/she wanted a recipe for pumpernickel bagels and I was like YES. That does need to happen. And then I never did it (for shame, for shame).

But that has all changed as of today, about 378 days or so later. Better late than never when it comes to carb love, I say.

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Garlic Butter Breadsticks | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

I almost didn’t post this recipe. I mean… let’s look at the photos. Ahem. Not my best work (breadsticks are REALLY REALLY not easy to photograph, you guys. Just saying).

But can you believe that there is only one other recipe for breadsticks on this blog, you know, the blog about bread? And believe it or not, the photos of those breadsticks are even worse (I’ll let you forage for that evidence if you dare).

But what we lack here in breadstick glamour shots is made up for in a recipe for garlic butter breadsticks that will blow. your. mind. And your tastebuds. That, at least, I can deliver.

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