If you’ve read most of my posts, you may have noticed that I almost never talk about baking. That’s because I cannot bake. Orshould I say, couldn’t bake? You see, in the past two days I have had two successful baking events.
The back story: my mother and sister are fantastic bakers. It’s not even worth it to try to compete with them. The few times that I have attempted to bake, whether it be muffins, cakes, brownies, scones, or biscuits, there have been failures. Massive failures.
Muffins, biscuits, and scones usually come out like bricks. I actually once made boxed brownies that never actually cooked. How does that even happen?
Now, I don’t really want to be a baker, but it would be nice to mix up a batch of biscuits or muffins when the mood strikes. And when you are snowed in for days at a time, the mood usually strikes.
Last night we made homemade chicken soup and we didn’t have any bread or rolls to have with it. I was also out of bisquick, which is usually the only way I can make biscuits. I looked around the Internets and found a recipe that sounded good and pretty easy. It didn’t require me to knead the dough, which was key. The dough went into muffin cups and when I took them out of the oven they were beautiful! They rose, were crunchy on the top and moist in the center. Kat loved them! She’s eaten one with every meal since.
So today (day two of snow-in) I was feeling pretty good about my baking ability. We didn’t have anything sweet in the house, and this is never a good thing. If I’ve learned anything from this winter it is to make sure you have salty snacks and sweets in the house. You need something to get through the day.
Where was I? Oh yes, sweets. I had all of the ingredients to make brownies using the Kitchen Aid recipe that comes with the mixer. My friend Steven has had terrific luck with this recipe and I’ve been there when he’s made them, so I knew it was pretty easy. Well, let me tell you, these brownies are wonderful! They actually came out moist and chewy and not at all cakey. I’m too lazy to post the recipe tonight, but will do so soon.
As wonderful as my successes have been, I can only hope that this crazy snow pattern stops because I’m going to gain 15 lbs using my new talent!