Time to move some money into my baking/food budget. A quick skim through Baking with Julia shows that I’ll likely need plenty of pricey ingredients and a slew of new pans.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here, but I’m back (hopefully). My mom and I are embarking on a new baking project “together,” though we’re in different cities. She’s in Roanoke, I’m in Fredericksburg. But we both love to bake, obviously. She found a blogging community project called “Tuesdays with Dorie.” The idea is really cool: Bloggers bake their way through a cookbook, completing the same recipe within a two week period. So hundreds of people are potentially baking the exact same treats across the county (the world?) at the same time and sharing their stories. My mom is ordering the book for me, so I don’t even know what all is involved! But a glance through suggested recipes for March shows everything from Irish soda bread to rugelach. That’s why my mom said that we’ll both be buying a lot of pans!
Also for this project, my mom will be using a stand mixer and a full-size food processor, if needed. I’ve got a hand mixer (not a great one) and a mini food processor. I’ll be relying mostly on wooden spoons and my hands.
The first recipe was white bread. I’ve actually made two other yeast breads in the past month — cinnamon swirl from King Arthur and cinnamon raisin from Fine Living. Each was done slightly differently, but still delicious. This white bread was unique because you work the butter into the dough at the end, rather than the beginning. Not sure why, but that’s just what it says to do!
(I won’t be posting any recipes, per the rules of the project. Only the “hosts” for the week post the actual recipe. The white bread recipe can be found at Someone’s in the Kitchen.)
Here is my mom’s comment: “I’d never made a dough before where you added the salt and the butter after you had mixed the other ingredients. I’m assuming the butter acts as some sort of dough conditioner? Curious about the salt. I think if I made this recipe again I’d reduce the salt. The bread was delicious but I thought a little salty. I noticed several of the bloggers saying their Kitchen Aid mixers overheated but mine worked perfectly – just like its been working for 25 years! My bread turned out beautifully and I saw that yours did too!”
All rightie, her bread turned out looking pretty good! Mine took a lot longer to put together since I was kneading it all by hand. Since I don’t have anyone to share all that bread with either, I put cinnamon chips in one of the loaves to continue my cinnamon swirl theme that’s been going on. I’ve also already put more than half of each loaf, sliced, into the freezer. I am looking forward to some good pb&j and grilled cheese over the next week or so!