Plain brownies, 9 May 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Excitement is often found in the most unexpected places. (Is that what makes it exciting?)
I baked brownies today. From a mix. This, gentle reader, is a major accomplishment for me.
Yes, if you know me well, you’ll know that at one time I was a professional baker, so using a mix (or admitting it) is akin to being the gastronomical equivalent of Milli Vanilli. But, you know, the depression.
Excuse me, but the milk I’ve poured is getting warm.
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I still haven’t unpacked my bread pans, so I’ve been waiting to bake bread here. But it was bugging me, and Paul and Lindsay were both asking about it. So, no more excuses. I decided, “What kind of a baker am I if I can’t bake bread without a pan?” So here we are, bread dough rising. I’ll just make a shaped loaf, and I’m sure it’ll be just as tasty as it would if I used a pan! Just less suitable for toast. So what.
I’ve got about a dozen things going today, including making some bread. My all time favorite bread recipe book is the Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book, and I’m making the Loaf for Learning, which is the first recipe I ever learned for bread, and good enough for me for everyday. Honestly, it’s been good enough for everyone I’ve ever given a loaf to for everyday, too. Even poor home made bread is so much better than store-bought that I’ Of course, it’s not been every day, it’s been years, but I’ve got the breadmaking bug and so the time to act is now!
- 9:45 am: Bread is in for first rising. It’s a little cool out here, but it’s warmer outside than in, so I put the bread out to rise.
- 11:15 am: Deflated and bread is back in the bowl for second rising.
- 11:50 am: Interrupted bread rising to put in fridge due to oven difficulties. Hmmm, wonder how this will work.
- 2:15 pm: Back in action. Oven is okay.
- 3:45 pm: Shaped and put in the pan for final proofing.
- 4:20 pm: In the oven! Yay!
- 4:45 pm: Out…just had a slice. Yum! Good.
I think I’ll make another loaf tomorrow.
I bought Sophia, as a Christmas present, something called “The Original Cupcake Baker.” Today, Good Friday, we’re using it for the first time. We’re making the cupcakes for Easter, instead of Lamb Cake. I was tempted to put coconut on them, but Sophia says her boyfriend won’t eat them then (he hates coconut).
I was a little worried, because at Brett’s, they don’t have a cake rack, and I forgot to bring one. But fortunately, the small diameter of the mini cupcakes makes them less liable to sogginess. So far, they are quite yummy!
P.S. Update at 7:46 pm: 5 dozen cupcakes, and 2 dozen each of blueberry and cranberry orange muffins. Fits of Domesticity!