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Preheat your oven to 275°.
MAKE THE SPICE PASTE
Combine the sugar and spices--the first 10 ingredients--in a bowl.
Blend the softened butter into the spices with a wooden spoon, and follow with the warm water to make a paste.
PREPARE THE TURKEY
Lay the turkey breast on a cutting board, and gently slide your hands under the skin, separating the skin from the flesh, but not tearing or removing. We'll use the skin to trap the butter-spice blend, and then we'll remove it after resting.
Now, rub the spice paste evenly under the skin.
Place the turkey breast on a roasting pan and cover with aluminum foil.
Bake the turkey at 275° for 1 hour, covered.
Remove the foil and cook for another hour, or until the internal temperature is 155°.
Remove from the oven and let the bird stand at room temperature 20 minutes. It will carry over perfectly.
CARVE THE TURKEY
Remove the skin from the turkey breast and carve the lobes off the bone.
Wrap the lobes in parchment, then in plastic. Refrigerate overnight.
Use to make a killer turkey sandwich. Or, skip the whole parchment-and-put-away thing
and serve warm with pickles, some coarse salt, cracked pepper, a loaf of rye bread, and
a little grain-mustard/mayo blend.