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Baked goods

I made the muffins.

They are actually surprisingly good. I just ate two of them. They're the sort of thing where you eat one and say: "Hmm, this is rather good, I think I'll have another just to make sure it's as good as I think it is ... hmm, yes, quite."

I'm especially pleased because baked goods are not my strong point, not to mention the fact that I messed with the recipe the first time out. This is really tempting fate where I'm concerned, because baking has that whole nasty chemistry aspect to it that most cooking generally lacks. I actually don't recall the last time I made a cooking recipe that I didn't tamper with because, y'know, the recipe is just a jumping-off point, right? Not so with baking. I have a healthy respect for the precise measurements and such that baking's prissy little diva just-so self demands.

If there's such a thing as a post office for the yeast community, I feel certain that my picture is on the wall inside, captioned with the words "Most Wanted" underneath. I am a notorious yeast slayer. It's not murder: it's involuntary yeast-slaughter. I don't do it on purpose. I just get the water too hot, because apparently what I consider to be lukewarm is Too Hot Ouchie for the little yeasties. (In fairness, there's only like a ten degree window where they'll actually activate. Do I sound defensive? I do, don't I?) :)

But back to the muffins. Since there was no yeast involved, I felt a little braver.

Essentially, I put the whole can of pumpkin in. The recipe only called for 1/2 a can, but I really didn't want a remaining half can of pumpkin lurking around my fridge mocking me and inevitably getting thrown away. Waste gets my thrifty Scottish roots in hackles, so I threw caution to the wind, rebel that I am, ;) and put the whole can in.

They got a tad done on the bottom, but only a little: I should've taken 'em out at 24 minutes, probably, and not 27. They're definitely not inedible. They're like little spice breads with chocolate bits. I'd make the recipe again.

I'm going to take most of them to work tomorrow because the batch made two dozen, and I don't see my spouse and I eating a dozen each before they go bad.

I bet they'd be exceptional with a dab of cream cheese. If I got really wild, they'd be super-nummy with the sort of frosting one makes for carrot cakes, but I'm not going that far.



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Aug. 17th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
You can always double a recipe if you don't want to be wasteful. If you have more than you want to eat take some to work or freeze them for later.

Perhaps you would benefit from using a bread machine and buying a few good bread machine cookbooks. I make great pizza dough if I use my bread machine. :-)
Aug. 17th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
I did consider doubling it, but that would've been 48 muffins. I would indeed take them to work as you suggest, except for one thing: unfortunately, I am in the pygmy kitchen right now, and I swear on a stack of my favorite cookbooks that I just honestly didn't have the room. Don't have the freezer space, either. (We really must get a house.)

Speaking of the house, my mother says I can have her bread machine as soon as we get one and have room for another kitchen appliance. :)
Aug. 17th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
I had the pygmy kitchen in my former apartment. I can't tell you how much cooking I did in that small space. Not only did we have a pygmy kitchen but we had a pygmy refrigerator. I can't believe how much I could juggle and organize in a small space. We hosted 6 Yule parties and several dinners there.

I hope you are able to get your house soon. We finally bought our first house a year ago. It is a lot of work but so far it has been soooo worth it. My in-laws bought us a new refrigerator as a housewarming gift and believe me I went big. Maybe not the biggest but it is vastly larger than what we were using.

Our circle of friends host a Soup Night down the street and I usually try to make a new bread each month for it. You will have to let me know if you want any bread machine recipes. I am also a member of a few bread and bread machine communities.
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