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Baked. December 22, 2007

Posted by jeninmaine in food.
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Today I have baked. I’m not yet done, but I have baked, my friends.

All sugar cookie recipes should go like this:

1. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
2. Go ahead, eat some of it. No one is going to notice.
3. The next step is going to tell you to add eggs, so eat a little more before you do that.
4. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until well combined.
5. Add flour and baking powder, mix well until firm dough is formed.
6. Okay, have a little of this, too. Let’s hope the eggs from the farm stand are fresh and you won’t get salmonella.

Kidlet helped me with the first batch of four mini spice loaves, as it turns out the pan I have works perfectly with a single batch of batter. That worked out nicely. He wanted to help measure everything so I put one of Michael’s undershirts over his clothes and pulled a chair up to the counter. It took about four times as long to accomplish anything with him helping but I think he had fun. I let him smell all the ingredients and he gave me his assessments for each one: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. He really wanted to taste the cinnamon even though I explained that you use spices in things to flavor them and you only need a tiny bit, but he insisted so I sprinkled a little on his palm and he enthusiastically licked it. He said, “Mmm!” but then a second later stuck his toungue way out and got a really sour look on his face. After he had drunk some water and washed his hands he declared it tasted “like my vitamins.” Once that batch was in the oven we had a quick lunch and then he miraculously went down for his nap.

While he was napping I prepped two batches of sugar cookie dough, wrapped them in waxed paper and put them in the fridge. Those will be for baking after dinner – I’ll let the kidlet help me with a few and when he gets bored I can crank out the rest of them. Then he woke up and occupied himself well enough while I made another batch of spice loaves. That’s eight down, the ones we absolutely need, but I’d like to make another eight or twelve to mail to relatives. Xmas will be late this year for anyone from away but that’s just the way it is. I’m actually completely okay with this. I decided to send out some xmas cards, but only to people who send one to me first, so all of those will be late, too. That’s just how I roll these days.

After I got the second batch of spice loaves in the oven I started thinking I should make dinner. I’m quite surprised, actually, that I’m not sore – most times when I bake or cook for hours on end I get really sore and tired, but today I seem to be doing all right (knock on wood). I threw together a quick ground turkey and leftover roast chicken stew which is currently bubbling away on the stove and smells great. I’m going to serve it “poor redneck style” over slices of toast. Ha.

I have to take a moment right now to say just how much I love my KitchenAid mixer. I am so very thankful that Michael got it for me last xmas, it has been absolutely invaluable the times I have used it. I don’t use it every day, not even every week, but when I do it makes the job a hundred times easier. Washing the bowl and all the implements between every batch is a fine tradeoff for not exhausting myself creaming butter and sugar together for the umpteenth time. Love.

Recipe links:

The spice cake recipe was one I pulled randomly from Google and it had good reviews plus it uses half a pound of butter. You really can’t go wrong with cake that uses a lot of butter ;)

Moist, Tender Spice Cake from AllRecipes.com

The sugar cookies are the same ones I mentioned in a previous entry…I already have a ton of tried-and-true sugar cookie recipes and to be honest they don’t really vary all that much, but I figured I’d try this one out since the woman took such great pictures.

I haven’t actually baked them up yet but the dough is a bit firmer than most drop sugar cookies and Snickerdoodles I’ve tried but it has a nice flavor to it (yes, yes, I ate some, I know, OMGSALMONELLA). I’m excited to try the Royal Icing (again, OMGSALMONELLA) and I hope mine come out even half as adorable as hers did.

Iced Sugar Cookies with Snowflakes from Ooh, you tasty little things

See, proof I was baking:

I have baked. (by jeninmaine)

Here’s one batch of spice loaves. Yum. They make the whole house smell great while they’re baking.

Mini Spice Loaves (by jeninmaine)

Our ancient xmas cactus has one pink flower on it. There are about five other buds that I hope will eventually bloom.

Xmas cactus (by jeninmaine)

The other less hardy xmas cactus has mustered the strength to put out one soon-to-be white flower.

Xmas cactus (by jeninmaine)


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