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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Baking

One of my favorite things to do besides sewing & quilting is baking. I love to bake and I love to eat what I bake! I like to bake a heck of alot more than I like to cook. Cooking and baking are two totally different things I believe. When I cook, it's usually because I have to, but when I bake, it's usually because I want to. I like to bake most anything - having to do with bread or desserts that is! And if it involves chocolate - all the better.



I bake alot of yeast breads - white, oatmeal, whole wheat, I love it all. I have a recipe from my Nana's Hood's Cookbook dated 1949 that I use to make rolls and I've adjusted most of my older recipes for my bread maker. I can hear those GASPS coming from all over. Yup, I use my trusty, old Hitachi Bread Maker to knead the dough and go through the first rising. Then I take out the dough, shape it however I want it, let it rise again and then bake it in the oven.



I am sure the baker purists out there are horrified (much like the hand quilters are horrified at the machine quilters!) Let me just say that I used to knead by hand, just like I USED to hand quilt but tendonitis in the elbow puts a damper on the kneading & my hands just go numb - I'm sure that's the Carpal Tunnel . . . The spirit is willing but the body is having some problems!

Let me also say, that this is not actually my Hitachi, it's the same model but mine is about 20 years old and it hasn't looked this good in at least 18 of those years . . . It's a hardworker and it shows! Just like I won't show you my sewing room - I won't show you my breadmaker!

So my machine does the hard part and I do the easy part, knead a little before the second rising, shape the dough, bake it and then EAT IT. The eating part I have down pat!

One of our holiday traditions is homemade cinnamon rolls. The kids are now old enough that the rolls come BEFORE the presents and then if there's any left, they come after too! My cinnamon roll recipe is out of Nana's cookbook. Somehow I have to scheme how I am going to get that out of my Mom's kitchen and into mine . . . .

Until next time.

2 comments:

BrendaLou said...

Debbie--I had to laugh! I have the SAME Hitachi breadmaker! And I'm afraid mine probably looks just like yours. My kids went to school eating home made whole wheat & oatmeal bread sandwhiches, not balloon loaf white bread. They ate home made fruit leather (dehydrator) and even home made yogurt. Where is THAT old thing? I've certainly gotten away from cooking....but I got the breadmaker out last month. I still love to wake up to the smell of baking bread!

Karen said...

Debbieiithat's EXACTLY how I make my bread--let the bread machine do the kneading, then shape it and bake it in the oven. I can't remember the last time I let the bread machine bake anything! Pecan Sticky Buns and Orange Rolls are the tradition at my house. Ooh, they sound good right now!