Saturday, January 22, 2011

I'm proud of this one

This was my first time using yeast. I've always been intimidated by yeast, probably due to memories of my mom's orders not to make too much noise or run or jump while she was baking bread. "SHHH! The bread will fall! Don't disturb the bread!" I should have known she was over stressing.

I had a bit of a lull in my work situation in the fall and it drove me to attempt baking Challah.
It worked! I ate one all by myself in like 3 days (It made really good toast) and froze the other to reheat at a dinner party later. I just placed it in a warm oven for 20 minutes or so in foil and it was like fresh!

I went with the 4 strand braiding technique after consulting some very helpful people on
you tube. I used black sesame seeds because that was what I had. I don't like sesame seeds much so I was a little stingy with them, you see.

Here's the recipe I used.
I'm so glad I'm not afraid of yeast anymore.

I think I'm in love with baking pretty things.

This blog is now going to be about things I make too.

I threw a baby shower for my dear friend last weekend and got completely absorbed in making the cookies the day before.

I woke up, made sugar cookies, then braved a snow storm to find silver balls. I had to have them. Came back, and started decorating. I painted and piped cookies from noon until I had to go play a concert, then came back and painted more until 2am.

Look at these guys!

I loved every minute of it, although I could have used a massage after.

Ha ha, fun with a piping bag!