Weekend Baking and an Introduction

Hi there.  I’m Riann.  I like being in the kitchen and I’m learning what I’m doing bit by bit.  

My dog Brody is the best dog in the world.  He’s my sous chef.  Don’t worry – I don’t let him touch the food.

This is Brody today, after my bread came out of the oven.  Earlier, he stood between my legs and the cabinets while I punched the dough down, occasionally whimpering for a bite.  I tried explaining how bad yeast dough is for dogs, but he wasn’t interested.  The kitchen was full of the smell of rising bread dough and he was intoxicated!

I used this recipe and it was absolute perfection!  I only had 8×4 pans, so I ended up with two regular loaves and a smaller, free-form loaf.  As a first-time bread baker, I found the recipe really easy to follow and the bread was amazing – soft, slightly sweet and basically everything you want in a loaf of fresh-baked bread.  Beautiful.

Just look at that golden, buttery top!

Warm bread fresh from the oven with a liberal smear of real butter – heaven!

While I was waiting for my bread to rise, I did a little more futzing around in the kitchen.  When doubt, cookies are always a good bet, so I got started on a batch of nice, reliable chocolate chips.  While scraping down the bowl and helping myself to liberal “tastes” of the dough, I came to the conclusion that the last thing I needed was an entire batch of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, begging me to eat them.

I decided to follow the advice of the amazing Joy the Baker.  I mixed up the dough, scooped it into cute little balls and plopped it on a baking tray.  Then I put the whole tray in the freezer.  After about half an hour, I took the tray out of the freezer and threw all the dough balls into a freezer bag.  Now, I have a little stash in case of a cookie emergency!  Check it out – I even managed to do a little thinking ahead and labeled the bag with the contents AND baking directions!  I’m set!

Aren’t they cute?  Hopefully, these will actually be baked instead of just being pulled out of the freezer for snacking purposes.  We’ll see how that goes.  I’ll be sure to post updates on that.

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