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Gearing up for the Great Annual Disappointment... [Nov. 13th, 2008|09:58 am]
The King Arthur Catalog arrived yesterday and I'm awash in bake envy. They only bother to send it to me once or twice a year anymore, because I just don't order that often -- when you have two cabinets full of bakeware and never bake...even I can't justify buying more. Although I am a sucker. sucker. sucker. for cookie cutters I don't own yet (and never use) and sugar colors, textures I don't have (see previous reference to "never use") Although I do get inordinate joy from, when the next door neighbor says "I can't believe I have to drive up to the store because I forgot to get sprinkles for my kid's Halloween cupcakes", being able to say "oh, hang on. I've got confetti sprinkles in fall colors, bat & pumpkin sprinkles, plus colored sugars in black, orange, gold and red and..."

I dream of plates full of beautifully decorated cookies -- dozens of varieties. Pulling out all of the cookie cutters, the icings, the sugars. Making bunches of teacakes as gifts. Bringing up a boxload of desserts to whatever relative is hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas. A warm kitchen, the smells of spices and zested lemons. Planning ahead so that I can make the German cookies, like springerle, that are best aged and need to be made at Thanksgiving to be ready for Christmas. I love the ritual of paging through my dozens of cookie and baking and holiday themed cookbooks, choosing what recipes will make the cut.

Actually, that last one is the only one I ever manage to indulge in. Then it devolves into me frantically pruning the list into: cookies that have doughs that can be made ahead of time and just sliced. Cookie doughs that make several different kinds from one master batch. And ONE recipe that will require cookie cutters.

I recover a bit to enjoy making the doughs after dinner, although in past years, all I really want to do is get off my damn feet. And packing them in the fridge or freezer for leisurely baking off later.

Which usually means, me, in a coldish, dark kitchen, either at 5 am, or 11pm, desperately trying to get one more batch baked. Trying to care whether the edges are smooth, straight, or round. Picking out cookie cutters that have the least amount of pokey-out things that will get stuck on the board when they're unbaked or break off on the cookie sheet, once baked. All of my decorating jonesing boiled down to grabbing the red, green and pearl sugars and randomly sprinkling them over the cookie surfaces.

Packing them up to take up to my parents where all through the holiday, everyone will profess to be on a diet and having eaten too many sweets already, so I will have to eat them all.

I dunno, maybe I should just bake a batch of crappily decorated cookies this weekend, eat them all, and just resolve to enjoy the rest of the holiday season, free of the albatross of broken baking dreams.

[User Picture]From: bittibuddha
2008-11-13 03:45 pm (UTC)
Maybe a class will inspire you?

CakeLove cooking classes:

I think this would make a fabulous holiday present to do with a friend, huh?
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2008-11-13 04:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you!

But I KNOW how to bake...it's the TIME in which to do it, that I sorely lack!

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[User Picture]From: bittibuddha
2008-11-13 04:23 pm (UTC)
:-D I'm throwing in another vote for a baking session this weekend too. Not because you ~have~ to... but because its something you ~want~ to do. For yourself. (and then take pictures to inspire the rest of us.) ;-)
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[User Picture]From: im_geva
2008-11-13 04:08 pm (UTC)

I vote bake this weekend

Its going to rain all day Saturday.

Be sure to burn the edges like I would...
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[User Picture]From: giantsloth
2008-11-13 04:26 pm (UTC)
King Arthur Rustic Whole Wheat Pie Crust recipe plus fresh fruit equals yum.
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2008-11-13 07:04 pm (UTC)
Sigh. I wish I could eat wheat.
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