It has been ages since I made a loaf of yeasted bread from scratch. The stars aligned just so yesterday (Sunday), so I meandered my way through a new (for me) process that involved an extra resting point for the batter before kneading. I am incredibly pleased with the texture and structure, so I think I may stick to it. Had forgotten how satisfying a process bread-baking can be. Gonna take advantage of the upcoming […]
As I was knee-deep in flour and batter this morning, I realized that I now have a Halloween tradition – baking! I usually make a pumpkin bread to take to our Halloween hosts (party and trick or treating later tonight) and then there is the birthday cake for tomorrow. That one is going to be a yellow butter cake with a fudge frosting. Yum. The other tradition? Throwing out last year’s Halloween candy before we […]
The energetic and do-gooding bakers that pulled us all into action for Japan and Bastrop are back at it! They’ll be baking up a storm over the next week in preparation for the Austin Bakes for West city-wide bake sale on Saturday, May 4. You can sign up to volunteer, donate to Americares through their giving page, or stop by one of the Austin Bakes for West locations around town on Saturday, May 4 between […]
I am spending most of my energy thinking about the special that we have coming up – my husband’s birthday (which I did such a poor job of celebrating last year that I had to call for a do-over) and one of our favorite fall traditions – Halloween! I have no idea what I will be making for dinner and will most likely rely on repeats from the past couple of weeks. I DO know […]
CHIPOTLE-HONEY GRANOLA 1 1/2 cups of oats 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds 1/4 cup raw peanuts 1/4 cup slivered or roughly chopped almonds 1/4 cup of honey 2 tablespoons of oil 1/2 teaspoon pureed chipotle * Toss all the dry ingredients together and place on a rimmed baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Plop it into a 300º oven for about 10 minutes till everything is warmed […]
“mexican” granola, a photo by a_neelee on Flickr. I’m making spicy and non-spicy versions for the Austin Bakes for Bastrop sale on Saturday, October 1.
It has cooled down significantly over the past couple of days and I think the trend will continue for the greater part of next week. Cooler weather at this time of year [in South Central Texas] is rare so I’ve been gazing out the window in the morning and daydreaming about San Francisco. Sigh. Once the heat really does kick in, it will be nearly unbearable to bake and roast, so I shall spend the […]