Baking

Hey! Remember when I used to bake all the time? Yeah me neither, BUT! I’m back at it. A couple days ago, while Cormac was at school and Teddy was taking a decent nap for once, I had a midday baking session.

I bought Dorie’s Cookies as a “congrats on living through your kitchen remodel!” gift to myself a couple months ago, but somehow managed to go until now without baking from it. I wanted something fairly quick and with ingredients I had on hand, so after just a couple seconds of flipping I came across “Natasha’s Mum’s Fruit and Walnut Bread Bars.” I didn’t know what to expect but they looked appetizing and I had fruit and nuts.

Whipping the meringue was a little more frustrating than I expected. (True confession my egg whites weren’t room temp.) But once I got firm peaks it all came together really quickly.

Baking was easy. Cutting the bars was easy. And the kids gobbled them up. And the whole recipe only had a 1/2 cup of added sugar which is less than a lot of cookies so that’s a plus. I went lightish on the crystallized ginger since I knew the kids would be doing most of the eating, but for myself I would’ve preferred more ginger.

I’m looking forward to making more cookies soon. I think I want to try the espresso sables next.

While was making the bread bars, I had a loaf of bread coming together and rising. I’ve used this recipe for 9 or 10 years at this point and its fail proof. Its a perfect sandwich bread, and makes absolute exquisite peanut butter and jellies.

I love that it makes two loaves, so I always stick one in the freezer. The kids go through nearly a whole loaf in about two days. Bread is a major food group around here.

Besides sandwich bread, I almost always have a loaf of quick bread around for after school snacks and whatever. My go-to is the banana bread recipe¬†from Veganomicon. I don’t think I even own the book anymore, but I’ve had the recipe memorized for a couple years now. I usually throw a shredded zucchini in it too, just to force vegetables into my kids. I’m evil like that.

I also made some bagels a week or two ago, but can’t find a picture. I need to make more though because I haven’t found any bagels I like at all in Issaquah, and they’re easy enough to make at home. I tried out a cheddar jalapeno version this time and it was pretty good.

That’s all for now. Keep your fingers crossed Seattle gets some sun soon! Cormac and I are planning a garden this spring/summer and we’re sick of record-setting rain!

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