I know this seems like an inappropriate post during these times, and I do have more appropriate posts… in drafts. But if those posts don’t get finished until the news media has moved on, that’s not such a bad thing either since this will most likely continue to be a marathon movement punctuated by too-brief sprints rather than one and done. We will need to keep fighting even after people change their twitter names to something else. In the meantime, have a self-indulgent post that explains why I currently only fit into one pair of my non-sleeping shorts.
To start: I apologize for the number of pictures in this post. It was a manageable amount when I started the post, but then I put off uploading pictures and suddenly I had to upload well over 30 which is overwhelming.
So…. we recently bought 50lb of flour off nuts.com. We had been completely unable to get whole wheat flour at the grocery store, and we’d ordered a pasta roller. So because they were sold out of smaller packages of flour, we got a 25lb case of Whole Wheat and a 25lb case of Durum flour. At the rate DH has been stress-baking (even with him trying to cut down on stress-eating) we think we’ll be able to use it up before it goes bad, and I’ll be able to stop trying to play a losing battle of grocery store roulette with the WW flour.
This fruit tart from the Barefoot Countess was my birthday cake this year!
You will see a LOT of these. Eventually DC1 and I were like, could we have something that’s not sourdough? This was the first attempt from Flour, Salt, Yeast, Water and includes a dried yeast boost.
Technically not baking, but DH made these Russian dumplings from scratch.
Jamaican meat pies from Cook’s Country. These were extremely popular.
This one had an accident…
Olive Oil and Sherry Poundcake from Pure Dessert. This was really sophisticated and a little boozy (less so the second day). A++. Would eat again.
Baked yogurt tart from Baking with Julia
Sesame seed cake from Pure Dessert
Walnut sponge cake from Pure Dessert. This is one of the most wonderful things I have ever eaten in my entire life. It’s light yet dense with a wonderful chewy nutty flavor. The top is whipped cream. It’s like eating a dream.
Breton Butter cake– this is a rustic version of a kouignaman but huge. From Home Baking by Alford and Duguid.
Rustic fruit tart
Will it ever stop?
Simplest apple pie from Home Baking. We didn’t get the topping right– it’s supposed to be more of a crumb topping than a dumpling, but I still loved it. DH prefers less apple presence, but I loved the way this was so apple forward using shredded apple and not much sugar and a splash of lemon.
DH’s grandma’s rolls (half whole wheat variation). Note that several got eaten before I could take a picture. Such is the way of DH’s grandma’s rolls.
Simple french bread that we made so DC1 could make garlic bread. From Bread by Treuille and Ferrigno.
We think this is a kind of herb bread. We can’t remember.
Cranberry muffins. (We were supposed to use frozen cranberries to free up some freezer space, but DH used dry cranberries instead so we had to make another batch.) Using the Old Fashioned cookbook.
Chocolate chip cookies
Chestnut pound cake from Pure Dessert cookbook (We special ordered chestnut flour from nuts.com for it because why not?)
Caramelized crepes filled with fresh cheese from Pure Dessert. These were a lot more work than regular crepes (with a LOT of waiting time) but only marginally better than just making crepes and filling them with cheese.
Red bean buns– we use the love feast bun recipe from The Old Fashioned Cookbook and fill them with red bean paste. Very popular.
Banana nut muffins because I don’t eat bananas 5 days a week when I’m not going into work. (Not shown: other banana breads I didn’t take pictures of.)
Blueberry muffins (made when we realized we didn’t have any more frozen cranberries left) using a cake-like cranberry nut recipe from Bread by Treuille and Ferrigno. There were more but I wasn’t fast enough with the camera.
Challah from Bread
Chocolate Prune Bread from Bread
German Apple Pancake from the internets
Spinach Pie from Barefoot Contessa (TWO POUNDS of spinach)
Danishes from Baking with Julia
Fillings include: pastry cream, prune, and almond paste
DH’s grandma’s cinnamon rolls but without frosting and with cherries in the center instead of crushed pineapple
DC2 demanded apple dumplings, so these are from the Old Fashioned Cookbook, except DH didn’t do the thing where you bring the four corners of the square to a point at the top (or brush with cream and big sugar crystals)
I made this pineapple upside down cake for DH’s birthday
These hot cross buns have coffee flour in them because we were running low on regular flour and we never had used that impulse buy from TJ’s however many months ago. It worked out pretty well.
He also has made several of these trenchers when attempting to make sourdough bread, we think from the dough being too wet, but it could also be that the ratio of sour flavor bacteria to yeast bacteria is out of whack and the yeast needs more boost.
More information on trenchers here.
There’s also some things he made that I didn’t take pictures of– there’s more baguettes and there’s a Daktyla and several fry breads that didn’t make an appearance in my phone. He also made Fan Tans right before quarantine started but I figured that didn’t really count.
Have you or yours baked anything fun?