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13 December 2008 @ 06:36 pm
Baking, Day 1  
Today:  made buttermilk cherry pies, one of the magic cookie bars -- this years experiment is chocolate nutty peanut butter, and I think it will be far more successful than the pumpkin peanut butter ones last year (you'll notice I just can't leave those peanut butter chips alone), and cranberry bread.

In other words, I got the ones with all of the fruit chopping and prep done first.  Chopping cranberries, zesting oranges and lemons, juicing oranges, etc (the zesting, OMG, I hate the zesting).  Except for the OTHER magic cookie bars... I still have to pound to death a good cup and a half of peppermint drops (hint:  use very thick ziploc bags and the claw end of the hammer, gingerly, to get the best chips).  But I already chopped up the candied raspberries.  Note:  chopping a candied substance is a very special kind of nuttiness.  I also had to break up the walnut pieces, which were not piecelike enough for moi.  The most labor-intensive of the rest of baking will be involved in decorating sugar cookies.

All in all, good progress.  I had to use all three breadpans for the bread -- because THIS YEAR, I REMEMBERED TO ONLY FILL EACH PAN HALFWAY.  So THIS YEAR, I have SOME hope that I may not have to scrape cranberry goop off the floor of my oven.

Every year I forget why I make the cranberry bread.  I always think of it as a kind of science experiment, or a hobby piece:  this is something I just enjoy making.  I always forget how yummy it really is until I lick the spoon... I mean, honestly, can anything with candied citron and raw cranberries in it truly be yummy?  Isn't that like, fruitcake, dude?  (Disregarding the fact that some people actually like fruitcake.)  But, no, it's not just my pet baking project of the holidays.  It's durned tasty.

It's only 6:30.  I could still make something else.  If I wanted to.  *tired*  Feet hurtes.
Current Mood: creativecreative
subgirlsubgirl on December 13th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
I like to pretend Stollen is NOT fruitcake, because, yeah. Fruitcake is "gross" and stollen is not. :)

(stollen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stollen )
jessxantha on December 14th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
is the cranberry bread cranberry-orange bread (with nuts?)? My mom makes one and I LOVE it. :)

[<- sad I'm not baking this year, so living vicariously through you, send photos! :) ]
Hunterjjhunter on December 14th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
*breathes in*
Ah. I can almost smell it :)
Ever contemplate tossing in candied ginger? You did say it was an experiment ;). And you may actually enjoy ginger more than I do, if that is possible.

(Out of curiosity, I bought one of those traditional and "famous" fruitcake things a year or two ago. As far as I could tell, the cooking process was the same as that of making bricks.)
J.D.arasirsul on December 14th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
I also made a cranberry bread this year. This year I decided to try putting a brown sugar and cinnamon and ginger glaze on it.

I'm not sure I like it any better than just plain cranberry bread, but at least it doesn't suck. :)