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Anyone baking today ?
December 8, 2011
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Joelle
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BREAD!! Lots of bread,

   I needed to make bread for us today, but the first batch didnt look like it was rising properly so I started another, of course the 1st batch baked up just perfectly as did the second, -----so I will share with our neighbors. yes

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

December 8, 2011
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I am going to have to bake and decorate a couple of birthday cakes for 2 granddaughters' birthdays (one today and the other tomorrow) which we will be celebrating on Sat.  Each one gets a 6 inch cake with candles and I will make cupcakes from the rest of the batter.  I will do one vanilla and one chocolate.  There are 2 more birthdays this month that I will have to do cakes for.

December 9, 2011
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Going to make some pecans rolls today, our neighbor is coming home from hospital today, and these are his favorite.

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December 9, 2011
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Just gone done making 14 dozen cookies for Cookie Exchange!  It will be so yummy to recieve so many different cookies for only one afternoon of baking!

December 10, 2011
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Cookie exchanges are wonderful, it is like getting cookies in the world's best bakery. How yummy!

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December 10, 2011
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Yesterday I finally launched holiday baking ... running a little late, but making up for last year when my senior mother took ill and nothing was baked save Christmas bread.  Yesterday was the five small loaves of Alton Brown's Free Range Fruitcake with a ridiculous amount of rum and now into 2 weeks of basting with brandy (first time trying the recipe and, mercy, they smell incredible!!). 

There are 5-1/2 dozen of traditional Pfefferneuse sitting overnight to dry their jacket of sugar frosting before going into a large pickle jar to season at least a week.  The 4 rolls of my grandmother's Depression-era Ice Box Cooky (with fine toasted hazelnuts) have chilled overnight to be sliced today and baked into delicate crisps ... a single recipe can produce about 250 cookies so I'm only baking 2 and freezing the rest for later.

Prepped the ingredients last night for Brandied Sugarplums, a no-bake ball cookie of ground vanilla cookies, melted chocolate, pecans, brandy topped with a cherry half, rolled in sparkly sugar.  These all are the early cookies that need sit time to turn into mouthful of glory.  Today is mixing the Chinese Almond Cookies to chill for baking tomorrow ... easy to bake, a bear to mix with the cutting in of lard (like a melting mouthful of sweet pie crust!).

I love this time of year!

December 10, 2011
3:09 pm
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Ruthmarie! After reading all you were baking I had to go take a nap! Where do you find the energy?laugh

I feel rather lazy in posting ...I made Grandmother bread.

December 10, 2011
3:56 pm
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Ruthmarie: Care to share pfeffernusse recipe? Mine makes 540 cookies! (and when I try and make only a fourth of it, they just don''t seem the same!) Last year was the first year I made fruitcake cookies instead of real fruit cake….but that Alton Brown recipe sure looks good. And it really is fruitcake weather here now!

eggnog latte cookies today, white chocolate fudge tomorrow. . . to bad they were not in time for Christmas swap

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December 10, 2011
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Okay, I am sitting here reading all that you people have baked and I have NOT baked one COOKIE!!!!!!  shame on me knight  !   I cannot seem to get myself in the cookie spirit this year, but I sure love reading about everyone else's cookies.  I made a nice dinner last night and the hubby asked what is for dessert? spinning-devil  so I guess today right this minute I am going to stop typing and start baking COOKIES!  Off to FBR to find some yummy cookie recipes.

December 10, 2011
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bonita said: Ruthmarie: Care to share pfeffernusse recipe? Mine makes 540 cookies! (and when I try and make only a fourth of it, they just don''t seem the same!)

Seriously? 540 cookies? <img class="sfsmiley" title="bug-eyed" onclick="sfjLoadSmiley('buggingeyes.gif', 'bug-eyed', 'http://chickensintheroad.com/wp-content/forum-smileys/&#039;, 'bug-eyed', '1');" src="/wp-content/forum-smileys/buggingeyes.gif" alt="bug-eyed" /> Are you mixing it with a paddle? maybe a commerical mixer?  Holy cats, can't get my head wrapped around that quantity.  I have just posted our family version of Pfefferneusse at FBR ... should show up tomorrow morning since it's late now.  I started out with my grandmother's version and sorted in a couple of ingredients from a dear friend who lost her battle to breast cancer about 15 years ago.  She was third generation to German immigrants and baked her family's Pfefferneusse throughout the year simply because she loved the cookie.  Makes me smile to think of her when I make them each year.

December 11, 2011
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Ruthmarie: My Dad came from a LARGE German family with lots of uncles and aunts as well so he thought nothing of 500+ cookies. Your guess about the commercial mixer is close...when I helped make these as a chid, the wooden spoon broke before the mixing was done! Then we had to find a half dozen pillowcases so we could properly 'age' the little darlings. I'll be looking for recipe... thanks

(I'm first generation German)

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December 11, 2011
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happy-flowerI am baking a Christmas strudel today, I am the only one that eats it, but I really enjoy baking  it--------it will keep for a while in the fridge.

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December 11, 2011
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I hope I am done baking/candy making!  Let's see if I can remember all I did....

Chocolate chip w/walnuts (2 batches-5 dz.+ ea.)

Sugar cookies (melt in you mouth ones, recipe makes 6-7 dz.)

Shortbread cookies

Praline cookies (I love these)

Mexican Wedding cookies (2 batches, one plain, one w/nuts)

No bake chocolate cookie (it has cocoa, peanut butter & oatmeal in it..easy)

Chocolate fudge w/walnuts

Peanutbutter fudge

Praline candies

Chocolate covered brittle (toffee) w/nuts

Candied walnuts

I had made Amish Friendship Cakes (30 day cake) (2 batches) earlier & froze them as well as 4 batches of whole wheat banana/nut bread.

I left out several that I used to do every year this time...just too much work for an old woman....chocolate covered cherries, chocolate covered peanut butter balls, rum balls & apricot brandy balls, spritz cookies and no cook mints.

If I learned something today, the day wasn't a waste!

December 12, 2011
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I am going to bake osme gluten free cookies and gluten free banana muffins today. That's the plan, anyway. We'll see how it goes. Something always comes up on baking day to delay my plans. Maybe I'm just not focused or determined enough.

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December 12, 2011
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Not today, but Saturday, I made an Apple Cranberry pie. Or maybe it's a Cranapple Pie. It was a deep dish pie with apples, cranberries, and chopped pecans and I made homemade crust too. If anyone is interested in the recipe, click HERE.

 Apple Cranberry Pie

December 13, 2011
10:24 am
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Well, I had great plans to do a chunk of the holiday baking over the weekend and was waylaid both days (yeah, me too, Sheryl) between shopping with DD, errands for Mom and an impromptu trip to the once-a-month antique event.  Outdoors, very early in the morning.  This old girl's bones didn't like the cold, but did find a couple of vintage jewelry purchases for stockings (Russian hand-painted pin for $1!) as this year needs to be cheap.  I have to say cold truly motivates negotiation with equally chilled vendors.

DD made up for distracting from original plans by helping with the baking yesterday and we knocked out about 350 cookies between 3 varieties of Spritz (pink wreaths, green trees & PB camels) and finally completing the Chinese Almond mixed late Sunday.  Might've done more if my aging Mirro gun hadn't broken the center weld in the lid, turning with the threaded rod which invoked an impatient repair with thin strips of duct tape (my husband is still hooting over that).  Once again, duct tape holds together the universe and will have to serve at least through today.

For today DD has talked me into 2 extra varieties of cream cheese Spritz (lemon stars and chocolate Scotties) plus the full bore cream cheese hearts we dip in melted dark chocolate & rainbow sprinkles (a Half-Hearted cookie!). And I still haven't sliced & baked the Ice Box Cooky assembled Friday plus the family favorite of Nut Butter cookies in Pecan Crescents. I am moving much slower than I used too!

December 13, 2011
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Ruthmarie, I want to raid your recipe box!  That list looks scrumptious.  Thank you for posting the pfefferneusse recipe...I made them today (and snuck one just to see) and hid the rest in a secluded place to age for two weeks.  They were great right out of the oven.

 

The other baking I did today involved taking a failed fudge batch and turning it into brownies.  Lemons---> Lemonade!  happy-flower

 

Question:  Have any of you ever done baking (pretzels, bagels) using a lye dip?  I know there are lots of soapers here who use lye for soap, but has anyone ever tried it (food-grade lye) for baking?  I hear it makes a huge difference and baking soda baths just don't cut it--pH is too low.  But I would love to hear if any of you have ventured into doing that, and what the result was.  I did a search of the forum and didn't see anything on that topic. 

December 14, 2011
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Baked 3 loaves of cranberry bread made with cranberry sauce and bananas. Haven't tasted, but was glad I found the recipe 'cause I needed to use up leftover sauce AND some ripe bananas. Batter tasted good!

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December 15, 2011
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happy-flowerI am going to bake cookies today even though I said I wasnt going to this year, it is so warm and rainy, I am having a difficult getting in the holiday mood. no

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December 15, 2011
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No baking today, but for Sunday dinner I made a Chicken Pot Pie with homemade biscuits on top. Here's the recipe:  CLICK HERE 

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