I think I've mentioned before that there is nothing in the kitchen I find more enjoyable than baking loaves of bread. The 'ultimate loaf' is an illusive fantasy that keeps luring me on.
I have been fascinated by the efforts of Thomas on the A Growing Tradition blog to find that same wonderful loaf that I am seeking. He has been using several books to guide him. Last week I ordered a few books of my own.
The Bread Bakers Apprentice is quite technical. I hope I have the brain power to do it justice. After reading and debating I decided to make a one-day recipe to start out.
This is my cranberry pecan bread. It's yummy, with a nice crust and moist interior. It makes a superior breakfast toast.
I think next time I will tackle one of the breads that you start and put in the fridge overnight and then do the shaping and baking the next day. But that takes planning....
Then I decided to make a cheesecake for Kami's birthday dinner that Mom was making today. For years I've used a Cooking Light recipe that has turned out good every time I've made it. It's not quite as heavy and calorie-laden because you can use low fat creamcheese and some egg whites in the crust and batter.
I cooked a sauce from blueberries I had frozen during the past summer.
I'm sorry my pictures aren't the greatest. It was very sunny in the kitchen yesterday. I have a very small simple camera. With the flash, things got too light and bright and without the flash they seemed dark.
During the down time, while waiting for bread to rise and things to bake, I did some hooking. My Amish couple is finished except for the binding.
In the natural light coming in the window.
Without the flash.
The true color is somewhere between the two.
I'll save the binding to work on at a hook-in.
I've signed up for an online challenge on Rug Hooking Daily and also joined a few others in a knitting group at Knitting At Large. The RHD challenge piece I won't be able to show as it progresses. The knitting is not a secret challenge, so I can post progress.
Stay warm everyone!