We left Puerto Morales for a day in Mahahual and a great meal seaside, then on to Xcalak for a couple more days of diving and R&R. I had to pass on the diving due to a sinus infection (maudit A/C!) but I heard no complaints from the others. We ate at "The Other Dive Shop" (quite nice) and slept quite comfortably back at XTC Divers. It was quite nice seeing Sean again just about five years to the day from his last visit. Hopefully not five more until the next trip!.
Xcalak was too quiet except for the most extreme introvert. I'd do just fine. But we're a team and so we'll continue to look for the place that's just right. Akumal and more are on the list for our next visit. We've been talking about maybe returning to Guam and Thailand is still on the list. So many places to choose from!
As with my keeping up this blog, the drought is over. We've had a couple of days of decent rain and what was once green but changed to various shades of brown, is green again. Wifey saved the tropical fruit trees and flowers with regular watering. You could tell what was she was trying to save - the ring of green grass at the base marked the spot.
BRIOCHE COL TUPPO
Named for the tight hair buns worn by women in Sicily. Hmmm.
4 cups all purpose flour
7 grams active dry yeast proofed with lukewarm milk and 1 tsp honey
Combine briefly by hand
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 TBS salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk
Knead by hand until well-mixed
1/4 cup lard
Knead until completely blended
Turn on to floured board and knead until elastic dough forms. Transfer to bowl and let rise until double. Turn out to floured board and knead briefly. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut and set aside 1/4 of dough. Cut remaining 3/4 into 8 equal pieces and shape into balls onto parchment paper. Take reserved dough and cut into 8 equal pieces and make small balls onto parchment paper. Cover and let rise 1 hour.
Make indentation in top of large balls with thumb and place small balls into holes. Brush with egg yolk/milk mixture.
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.