Friday, August 19, 2011

Aug 19

I love to bake. It's a creative outlet with immediate results. But I've found over the years that there are certain things that fail every time. Pie crust and yeast breads have never turned out for me. My guess is that I over work them. My mother's forte is pie crust. My grandmother makes bread to die for-it has a taste no one can duplicate. My daughter is good at yeast breads. Seriously, if they can do it, then I can do it. I simply have to practice more. So I am equipping myself with an artisan bread cookbook-this one contains gluten free recipes so I can make bread that I can eat-and a baking stone and a danish dough hook. I'm going to practice, practice, practice until it looks like the cookbook pictures and tastes as good as it looks. Trust me-this is going to take weeks, perhaps months and a lot of eating stuff that isn't quite right. But it's fun to try and something to distract me when the writing gets nuts.
What hobbies are you trying this year?


  1. I have trouble baking. I can usually make cookies and cakes, but that's about it. No time for no hobbies this year, but my fingers crossed I have more time next year. Can you believe it's already August?

  2. I LOVE bread and really wish I was a more motivated cook. Hm, hobbies? What are those? :)

    I think I should focus on getting a life first!

  3. I'm fine with main course recipes but sweet things aren't my forte. My pastry is disastrous. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the heat in your hands... or am I grasping at straws (with my hot sweaty hands!)

  4. Good luck with your pie crush.

    We just had donut day at my mom's house this Saturday. A bunch of grandkids and daughters and daughters-in-law invaded my mom's house to learn the fine art of grandma's famous homemade donuts. I swear the first batch was eaten before the second batch was even finished frying. When I brought my share home, my hubby was like, so you're going to make us donuts all the time now, right? Well, hey, sounds like a good hobby to me!