Complain Less. Bake More.
It is New Year’s resolution time.
Usually I resolve to not make resolutions.
I know that any resolution that calls for me to eat less and exercise more is going to end in failure on my part. Unless exercise more means bending over to pick up toys off of the floor rather than kicking them into a corner. And if eating less means only eating the things I really like, I can do that!
But, as I learned this past weekend when I made cookies (from a mix) with the youngest three kids, baking is a bonding experience. The little ones love to run their fingers through the flour, and to play with the rolling pin and to give the sugar cookie men belly buttons. They enjoyed shaping their very own little pieces of cookie dough (and eating it too). At that moment I new that I needed to spend more time baking.
However, I have this silly mindset about baking. I think I hate it. I think it is too messy and takes too much time. I think I am bad at it.
The truth is, I bake just fine. It IS too messy. Sometimes it takes a long time (I love homemade bread that takes hours to rise.) No one in the family complains about the results when I bake. I must be pretty OK.
The truth is, I’m always trying to slash our budget one way or another. The truth is, 8 people can eat a lot of store bought baked goods. I need to bake more.
I’m going to combine my love of blogging with my lack of baking love and combine them. You guys need to keep me accountable! I need to bake at least one new thing a week. I have a few baking goals as well.
- I want to learn to bake a passable San Francisco style sourdough (Anyone have any leads?)
- I want to learn to make some pretty dinner rolls.
- I want to make really good cinnamon rolls.
- I want to learn to make some pretty holiday breads.
Today I made some Navy Bean soup to make good use of the ham bone from our Second Christmas dinner. I decided that I wanted fresh bread to go with it. Of course, in classic Dakotapam form I decided that I wanted fresh bread at 4pm. Dinner is at 5. So I turned to my trusty recipe file and decided on a loaf of Beer Bread. Quick, easy, cheap, and the Rev. (hopefully) won’t miss one of his beers.
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 3 T. granulated sugar
- 1 T. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 can of beer
- Combine all of the dry ingredients.
- Stir in the beer.
- Pour into a greased loaf pan.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.
- Prepare for your house to smell amazing!