Welcome to another episode of Di's stream of consciousness week in review. =) My big accomplishment for this weekend? Rediscovering how much I love baking bread. I spent a couple years baking almost all of the bready things that we ate, but then for some reason stopped doing it. I don't know that I'll go back to doing everything, but I do want to get back in the habit of baking bread on a weekly basis. Yesterday I made my favorite sandwich loaf recipe, Dan Lepard's Milk Loaf. You can find the recipe on my friend Nancy's bread blog. I actually don't use it much for sandwiches for me, but the girls like it, and it makes fantastic toast. Since I plan to use it mostly for kids' lunches, I made two smaller loaves, in these pans. I increased the original recipe by one third, and it was just the right amount of dough.
Once I got started, I was asking myself why I don't make this dough more often. It's a great method, and such a nice dough to work with. It's the getting started that's the challenge. Once I get going, I'm fine. I did the same thing this evening with another dough. I meant to make the dough much earlier in the day, but kept putting it off, thinking it would take too much time. I finally just told myself to get in the kitchen and do it. The amount of active time I spent? Maybe 10 minutes. Now I just have to hold on to that and remember it the next time I'm procrastinating.
I also made applesauce this weekend, and muffins for Sunday breakfast. The applesauce was because we're starting to get some good fall apples, and homemade applesauce is the best. I found some very large Paula Red apples at Central Market, and bought a whole bunch. Gillian isn't a big fan of the applesauce, but Brianna likes it, so that's one more thing ready for the lunchbox this week. The muffins were pretty good as well. Muffins are good for grab & go breakfasts during the week, so that seemed like a good thing to make today. I've been wanting to make crumb cake, but couldn't settle on a recipe, so I decided to make a basic muffin and add some crumbs on top. For the base, I made the batter for these doughnut muffins from KAF. I know from past experience that the muffins end up very domed on top, so I made 16 muffins instead of the usual 12. I topped each one with some streusel that I modified from a crumb cake recipe. It worked pretty well, but isn't exactly what I was after. I plan to play around with it a bit more, so when I get it the way I want it, I'll have to do a full post.
I also did some baking to take to work last week. I may not always have something to make for dinner, but I always have the stuff to make some sort of cake. =) In this case, I was looking for something else to make with apples. I wanted to make this cake that my friend Tracey posted, but actually didn't have everything I needed. (Now you know another reason why I made applesauce this weekend.) So I went looking, and found this Apple-Ginger Streusel Coffee Cake. (I didn't have applesauce, but did have both fresh and crystallized ginger. Go figure.) I used pecans instead of walnuts, but otherwise made the recipe as written. I was happy that the recipe called for a 10-cup bundt pan, because it gave me a reason to get out my Heritage Bundt pan. I got lots of compliments on the cake, and it did look really pretty. It was very moist, but next time I think I'll add just a bit more salt.
And for non-baking stuff? Well, Gillian was under the weather for a good part of the week (still that annoying cold from last week), but finally seemed to be doing better today. We had an interesting trip to Costco in the rain this morning. I'm thrilled to have the rain, though, and the cooler temperatures that have come along with it. It actually feels like we really might be approaching fall. I also survived a trip to the outlet mall with Brianna last night for some new clothes. We managed to find some stuff with a minimum of drama, so I can't really complain. And Jamie had an interesting day on Friday; hopefully this week will be less eventful.
I think that's about it for tonight.