Today I’m bringing to you the tradition of bread making with my recipe for homemade plait bread. I would like to dedicate this post to my late Grandmother Inez Glen, from West Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, Georgetown, Guyana. My grandmother was a master baker. She made the most delicious breads, cakes and pastries out of a homemade oven in her backyard. She passed down her cooking genes to all generations of our family and I am forever grateful that she gave us these traditions!

Bread making doesn’t have to be complicated

You don’t need fancy equipment to make plait bread! Yes, making your dough in a stand mixer with a dough hook makes life a bit easier, but it is not necessary for this plait bread recipe. This is not a quick bread. It needs time to rise, punch down and rise again before baking. But it is worth it. There is nothing better to me, than fresh baked bread, especially when paired with Pepperpot on Christmas morning. You don’t need a special occasion to make bread when it is this easy. I’m sure you have the ingredients in your pantry right now. Mix it up and let it rise, you could have plait bread in about 2 hours.

The Plait Bread Youtube Video:

 

Bread is always better with butter

If you watch the video you will see that I accidentally added 1/2 cup of butter to my dough for this plait bread instead of 1/4 cup (what I typically use) but it made the bread the softest bread I’ve ever made. No need to use 1/2 cup of butter though 1/4 of butter produces great results and is all you really need. Room temperature butter is better for this recipe but room temperature margarine or vegan butter works great too.

Other ways to roll the dough

If you are not a fan of plait bread, use this recipe to make two loaves of bread instead. After the first rise, punch down and knead the dough into a ball, then divide the dough ball in half and roll into two logs. Place on a greased baking sheet or in two loaf pans and let the dough rise again before baking. If you prefer wholewheat bread try this Guyanese Style Wholewheat Plait Bread recipe. It is an oldie but yields delicious results.

The Plait Bread Recipe:

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Plait Bread (Guyanese Style) is a hand kneaded white bread that is soft and buttery. It is perfect for stews and pairs nicely with Pepperpot!
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Guyanese
Serves: 4 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of dry active yeast
  • 1¼ cup of warm water (110 °F)
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 3¼ cup of all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup of room temperature butter (ok to use vegan butter), plus 1 tablespoon for basting after baking
Instructions
  1. Dissolve sugar in water then add yeast. Mix yeast into the water. Cover with a towel and set aside in a warm cool place to allow yeast to activate
  2. Add salt to flour
  3. Using a fork or your fingers cut butter into flour until a crumbly texture forms
  4. Form a well in the center of the flour and butter mixture then add the activated yeast mixture to the center of the well
  5. Mix together to slowly form a pancake batter consistency, using a whisk.
  6. Then use your hands or a rubber spatula to add the rest of the flour to the batter forming a soft dough
  7. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes into a smooth ball
  8. Place dough into a greased container, cover with a towel and allow to rise until it doubles in size. This takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour
  9. When dough doubles in size, punch down and knead again into a smooth ball
  10. Cut a 2 inch piece of dough off from the ball and set aside
  11. Divide the remaining dough into 3 equal parts and roll into even logs that are about 1.5 feet long
  12. Plait pieces into a braid
  13. Roll the 2 inch piece of dough that was set aside earlier into a long strip
  14. Place strip on top of braid
  15. Grease a baking sheet and place the plaited dough on top of the sheet
  16. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes or until it doubles in size
  17. Preheat over to 350 degrees
  18. Bake bread for 20-25 minutes, until it is golden brown
  19. Remove from the oven and brush with 1 tablespoon of butter
  20. Cover with a towel and allow to cool completely before serving
Notes
To speed up the dough rising process, I place my covered dough in a warm oven (about 200 °F) for 30 minutes. I do the same with the plaited dough before baking.

After my bread cools I place it in a bread bag to keep it fresh.

 

 

77 Comments

  1. wendy December 15, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Althea! Thank you very much for sharing these wonderful recipes with us. I’ve been a follower for years and this is my go to bread recipe (especially at Christmas time. lol). your words made me think of my amazing grandmother, mary pitt (Aunt zerry-who use to bake & sell in kitty/campbellville area). thank you again!

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    1. Althea Brown December 15, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you for being a faithful follower. I love memories of my grandmother. It’s amazing how much these women gave to their families.

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      1. paula dover December 24, 2020 at 5:24 pm

        Thanks for your recipe. I followed and my bread came out very good. Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New year.

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        1. Althea Brown December 24, 2020 at 6:02 pm

          Merry Christmas

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    2. wendy March 29, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      Note to self: “do not type public responses from your phone.” no capitalization of proper names…ugh! lol

      getting ready to make some bread today. I really should have done the whole 30 with you while we are confined to our homes.

      stay safe

      Reply
      1. Althea Brown March 29, 2020 at 3:35 pm

        Ha. I’m starting another one (joining a global Whole30) on April 13. Come join me!

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        1. Wendy April 1, 2020 at 10:07 am

          I’m in! Let me make these tennis rolls today (your recipe), so that I can dedicate myself to the challenge. lol

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          1. Althea Brown April 1, 2020 at 10:16 am

            Haha. Ok. Awesome.

          2. Althea Brown April 1, 2020 at 10:17 am

            Hope you’re using the updated tennis roll recipe. That’s the best one.

          3. Bibi December 24, 2020 at 11:36 am

            Why is my bread still raw in the middle even after following the steps?

          4. Althea Brown December 24, 2020 at 6:03 pm

            Your yeast was probably not good. Did it get a good rise?

          5. DC December 29, 2020 at 10:43 pm

            Hi Althea,
            I can’t wait to try this recipe! Can I put all the ingredients in my bread machine on the dough setting? The dough setting cycle is completed in 2 hours.

          6. Althea Brown December 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

            I’m not sure. I don’t have a bread machine and have never used one.

    3. Sharlima April 15, 2021 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Althea.
      Would like to send a pic. This bread recipe is amazing. My daughter asked me to make a Guyanese plait bread. I made your recipe. Excellent. She is thrilled to bits. Thanks for sharing. I read about your roti recipe. I am going to Google it. Thanks again.

      Reply
  2. Ethel Ross December 15, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you do you have a recIpe book

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    1. Althea Brown December 15, 2019 at 6:09 pm

      In a sense this is my recipe book. I aspire to have a cook book one day!

      Reply
  3. Yvonne Richards December 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Althea,
    “Bread and buTter is your Jam … eh.” That was cute irony:) . I love your work in the kitchen!! You made me want to go and make brEad, but i don’t have to because my mom (your aunt ) made some … also, i would be TEMPTED to eat it all so i just don’t bake:)

    Great job with the BrEad and thank you for memories of granny.

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    1. Althea Brown December 15, 2019 at 6:08 pm

      You are beyond lucky to have your mom right there. Girl if she lived with me we would rock out in the kitchen everyday. I would record, document and write everything down. I aspire to be like her when I’m that age. Just cooking for my kids and grand kids. I learn something new about cooking EVERY single time I talk to Aunty Cheryl. I miss granny. I think about her often. Every time I want to fancy up a dish or blog post with some gadget I’m like “you think granny would use this?” 😀 I just hope this bread made her proud. My favorite memory of eating her bread was with a sweet and sour chicken stew. To this day I can’t recreate that stew. She was truly an inspiration!!!

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  4. Farah KassiM December 25, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful bread recipE!!! My mom and i have tried many bread recipe but this is the best by far! So easy and comes out Soft, fluffy and so Delicious everytime!

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    1. Althea Brown December 25, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words. So glad you guys tried and liked it.

      Reply
  5. Kellianne December 28, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Omgggg!!! THIs bread is everything you said it would be. DELICIOUSness!!! This is my bread recipe going forward. My family loved it too. Thank you for putting ANOTher tradition on my table.

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    1. Althea Brown December 28, 2019 at 8:08 pm

      You’re very welcome. I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed it! Thank you for trying my recipe and adding bread making to you family traditions!

      Reply
  6. Oma January 9, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. It was delicious. It came out so soft. I bake today and only have a quarter of it left. Lol. I was wondering if you double the recipe do you double the yeast as well. Thanks .

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    1. Althea Brown January 10, 2020 at 6:22 am

      I’m so happy it worked! If you want to make two loaves of bread double the flour, butter and liquids but not the yeast. Good luck!

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      1. Oma January 10, 2020 at 11:49 am

        Thank you so much. I appreciate what i have learn from you.

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  7. Mariam Ali March 7, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    I just made thei bread and I was totally amazed at how perfect it came out. I have alWays wanted to bake bread,.I dId Try one tIme wHen I was younger and living in Guyana but it was A dIsAster. I threw out. This bread is soft aNd amazing. Thank you for sharing this Recipe. Wish i can post a picture of it. Thank you again.

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    1. Althea Brown March 7, 2020 at 9:20 pm

      I’m so happy you tried and had success with this recipe. Now that you’ve made bread you have to try tennis rolls. If you are on Facebook you can share pictures on my Facebook page. Facebook.com/metemgee or just search for metemgee. Thanks for sharing.

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      1. Mariam Ali July 12, 2020 at 9:56 am

        I did and also I need to tell you this. I love to look at ur videos and listen to you. I looked at your roti video. Man you make roti making into an art. I have been cooking roti since I was 10 years old and still cooking them. Taught all my kids to make them too. I was so over making roti, until I saw ur video and how lovingly you made each one. Now roti making has taken on a new meaning for me. You have an amazing way to present cooking! Keep up the good work. I am so tempted to share your recipes on my Facebook page but not sure how well recipes and quotes go together. Have a great day.

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  8. Simone March 30, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I made this today and it was dicine! First time.making bread and was really pleased at how w
    Well it came.out. just as good as tou said it would be. I’ve already shared with multiple people. Thanknyou!

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    1. Althea Brown March 30, 2020 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you so much for trying the recipe and for sharing. Glad it came out great! It’s a favorite in my home.

      Reply
    2. Ange December 10, 2020 at 9:57 pm

      The bread is sooo soft and delicious, the whole family loved it! This is my new go to bread recipe.

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      1. Althea Brown December 10, 2020 at 10:03 pm

        So glad it was a hit. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Tandieka April 18, 2020 at 11:21 am

    I used this recipe to make a loaf at christmas time to accompany my pepperpot, it came out great!

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  10. Marg April 19, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Althea, thank you for this recipe!! It came out amazing when I baked it the other day, I wish I could post a picture for you. The whole house loved it. I wanted to make it a few more times and was wondering if i had to adjust the cook time or temperature if I was making 2 loaves to be in the oven at the same time. Please let me know what you think. Thank you again and I will be making more of your recipes in the future!!!

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    1. Althea Brown April 19, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Hi There. Thank you so much for this and for sharing. No need to adjust cooking time or temperature while baking two loaves. If you mix the two loaves in one batch you don’t need to increase the yeast in the recipe. Thanks again.

      Reply
  11. Caroline May 16, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    One of Best instructions ive had since my graNdmOthers teachings. Im not one to read directions, i prefer to watch them. I usually Just read the ingredients and get straight into watching. This vIdeo was clear and i enjoyed hearing her background of How she started getting into baKing. I ended up using the hOle stick of butter instead of the 1/4. I do agree the bread is softer and taste scrumPtious! My bread was even baked in a toaster oveN!! Thank you! You have made this guyanese proud!

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    1. Althea Brown May 16, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you so much for the support. More butter = yummy bread.

      Reply
    2. Mala P June 25, 2020 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Althea!
      This recipe is amazing! Since Covid I started baking more and was happy to find your recipe. It’s soft and delicious. I’ve been baking this every week 😅

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      1. Althea Brown June 26, 2020 at 4:24 am

        Thank you so much. I love the smell of bread baking, so I can only imagine what a weekly treat that is!

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    3. tvg December 23, 2020 at 8:55 am

      Hi there,

      Can I use coconut oil in place of butter?

      Reply
      1. Althea Brown December 23, 2020 at 8:57 am

        Yes you can

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    4. Saby December 24, 2020 at 2:37 pm

      My sister did your recipe 2 days ago and absolutely loved the results, so she sent me the recipe to try, going to try it today..

      Reply
      1. Althea Brown December 24, 2020 at 6:02 pm

        Thank you. Merry Christmas

        Reply
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  13. Jen November 30, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Made this today was amazing and ingrendients was exact. Thankyou so much only one thing happen to me is that the button was a little burn but it was amazing. I will try it again

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    1. Althea Brown December 5, 2020 at 10:50 am

      You may need to adjust your shelf position for next time

      Reply
  14. Rachel December 9, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Thank you for the recipe,would you use salted or unsalted butter?

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    1. Althea Brown December 9, 2020 at 3:59 pm

      I used unsalted butter and a pinch of salt. If salted butter no salt

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      1. Johanna December 10, 2020 at 5:01 pm

        Altee this recipe was PERFECT! It tasted so great that I couldn’t stop eating it and you know what was the best part? It was not only easy, but your method didn’t use much of my time. I was don’t pronto!

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        1. Althea Brown December 10, 2020 at 6:34 pm

          Yay. So glad you love it. Thanks for sharing.

          Reply
  15. Fayola December 10, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Made this bread during the early days of the covid 19 pandemic and I’ve continued since then. You wouldn’t believe it was my first time making bread when it was finished. The receipe was easy to follow and the video visually guided me. Thanks Altee!!!

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    1. Althea Brown December 10, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing. Much love and happy holidays.

      Reply
  16. Dd Wlsn December 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Watching you make the bread gave me the courage to try it. My husband walked in while I was kneading the dough, he sat down and watched until I was done. Then he smiled and said,” That’s how my Grandmother used to make bread.” Such a cute moment for us.
    The bread turned out great! Next time I make it I will bake it for a few extra minutes to get a deeper color and add a little more salt.
    Thank you for sharing, Althea.

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    1. Althea Brown December 10, 2020 at 6:34 pm

      You’re so welcome. What an awesome moment. It’s how my grandmother made bread too. Much love to you and your family.

      Reply
  17. Britt December 10, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    This recipe is amazing, and easy to follow. My bread came out super soft and delicious.

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    1. Althea Brown December 10, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you for sharing Britt so happy that you loved it.

      Reply
  18. Lana December 10, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    This plait bread recipe has saved me during this pandemic! Thank you so much! My family loves it!

    Reply
    1. Althea Brown December 10, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks for sharing. Much love to you and your family.

      Reply
  19. Nadina December 10, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Althea, your bread recipe is the best! So easy and tasty! The kids love it! I double the recipe every time because it gets eaten like candy!

    Thank you for making me feel like an accomplished bread maker!

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    1. Althea Brown December 10, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      It’s definitely a fav in our family too. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply
  20. Marcia Redding December 10, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    OMG!! This is the best recipe ever!!! I made this today and it was the only thingy sons are for most of the day, lol. A must do again before Pepperpot time to make sure I got it right. Thank you Althea!

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    1. Althea Brown December 11, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      I’m so glad your family enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for sharing

      Reply
  21. Elayne December 11, 2020 at 9:48 am

    After watching my grandmother, from a distance, making this bread as a child, it seemed too complicated for my analytical and Hinglish mind. However, after watching Althea’s post on Instagram, which redirected me to this blog and YouTube video, I pulled up my sleeves, grabbed that flour, yeast and sugar with gusto. The plait bread came out perfect, as soft as a pillow and more-ish (I devoured a whole loaf all to myself!!!). I was so tempted to breach all of the U.K pandemic regulations, book a flight to Guyana and pitch up a stall in Bourda market to sell the bread that I had made. Obviously, I couldn’t but I will be making another batch tomorrow because not only my belly deserves it but the recipe is easy to follow and the results are superb! Thank you 🙂
    Tip: make sure you listen / read Althea’s tips – very important.

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    1. Althea Brown December 11, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      Thank you so much. What a review! I too can eat an entire loaf of his by myself. Much love to you.

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  22. Radha December 11, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Just made this. My house smells glorious! It’s soft and melts in your mouth. I love everything about this recipe, especially the trick to make a well with the flour and whisking in the sugar/water/yeast until it’s a manageable dough. Thank goodness this blog came into my life!

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    1. Althea Brown December 11, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you so much for this. Love the smell of this bread baking also.

      Reply
  23. Angela December 25, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Merry Christmas! Baking this bread brought back so many wonderful memories from my childhood. My only question is— at 25 mins, the bread wasn’t golden brown. Any suggestions?

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    1. Althea Brown December 25, 2020 at 11:05 am

      Keep baking for another 5 minutes. Some ovens are cooler than other.

      Reply
  24. KR December 25, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Fantastic, fool-proof recipe. I followed the video exactly (doubled the butter!) and it’s the softest bread I’ve ever made. Thank you!

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    1. Althea Brown December 25, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Yumm thank you for sharing.

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      1. A . Biteye December 27, 2020 at 1:46 pm

        I did it and it was very delicious for my first time. Simple recipe I love it. Much thanks.

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        1. Althea Brown December 27, 2020 at 2:23 pm

          Lovely

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  25. Sharda January 3, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    So soft and fluffy! Easy recipe for great tasting bread as if its straight out the bakery. And the video makes it even easier to follow. Althea, just curious as to why not add baking powder to this recipe?

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    1. Althea Brown January 3, 2021 at 6:54 pm

      I’ve never made bread with baking powder. It’s soft and perfect without it. I like to keep things simple.

      Reply
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  27. Audrey May 21, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this family recipe. I have made several Guyanese plait breads, and this recipe is the best one I have tried. It was soft, fluffy, buttery deliciousness. It didn’t even get to cool. It was gone in 15 minutes. I made the dough in my Zo. It doubled in size w/i 45 minutes. This is definitely a keeper.

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  28. Antoinette Griffith July 4, 2021 at 2:49 am

    I understand the value of words, so I don’t use them frivolously. Hear me when I say Althea is a treasure!!!

    I’ve been following her since 2014, and in my opinion, whether you’ve grown up eating these traditional Guyanese staples and have some small measure of how to put a meal together or are from another country looking to broaden your home menu; Althea gives you fail proof recipes to get it done.

    Although I am not Guyanese, I was taught to cook by a much beloved Guyanese woman in my life. However, the truth is I rarely had to actually “knock pots!” Unfortunately, as often happens in life, Mater’s passing showed me how much I didn’t know or remember. Talk about depressed.

    Until I found Metemgee on YouTube.

    I’ve since cooked bakes, bread, pepperpot, and of course her “metemgee 😘, amongst many other recipes. To the pleasure and joy of my Guyanese husband.

    Althea, I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating:

    “I know how challenging it can be to incorporate a blog into the already busy life of being a daughter, wife, mother and all the other many hats our gender wears on any given day; so I had to take a moment to say thank you.

    Thank you, for your detailed Youtube videos and the informative information on your blog. Your explicit steps show your compassion (for those of us navigating new recipes) and your love and passion for GOOD food. Each recipe and post is nourishment not only for our bodies but our souls as well. Helping us to reconnect to the feel good food of old and thereby ministering to the child in each of us yearning for a taste of “home.”
    Please know that both your sites are a blessing to those of us who no longer have (or never had) a Mater, or Auntie to guide our hands in the kitchen.

    I hope you realize the value and impact of what you do.

    Again, I say Thank You and May God Continue to Bless You as you have blessed your readers!

    blessed60859212 (@vandersongriffith)
    OCTOBER 17, 2014 AT 7:30 AM”

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