I had a really hard time deciding what to bake this weekend. I was home in Massachusetts with my parents, who are currently in the the process of selling the house I grew up in, and when I have the whole kitchen at my disposal I always feel like I need to make something extra special. Also, when I bake at their house, I know that I won’t have to bring the treats home with me, so there is little danger that I will eat them all. This also makes me want to bake more extravagant things.
Good things happen when I finish all of my grading and lesson planning before 2 on a Sunday. Good things in the form of baking adventures that I can pursue leisurely for hours on end. Good things in the form of FINALLY breaking in my yellow stand mixer. Isn’t it beautiful?
In school on Friday, a student asked me what I do over the weekends. I realized that when I was a student, I, too, had a hard time imagining my teachers existing outside of the classroom. Did they just do biology experiments all weekend? Did they sleep at their desk? Did they have a life?
I spent the weekend in NYC with my mom, who was an amazing sport and took the train down from Massachusetts (that’s a very long train ride). We went and saw Lion King on Broadway, exactly 20 years after I first saw Lion King in theaters, which is pretty cool. I’m actually listening to the soundtrack now as I write this. Anyways, despite a weekend in the city with lots of inspiration in the form of baked goods around us, we couldn’t come up with what I should bake this weekend. Additionally, whatever I baked had to be doable while …
Last Christmas recipe, I promise. And these also aren’t really a Christmas-exclusive recipe, so I don’t feel bad about it. Imagine them in shapes other than Christmas trees if it bothers you.
Christmas is a baker’s dream come true. There are so many parties to make desserts for. So many people to give cookies to. So many excuses to use lots of butter and sugar to make everyone happy. So it should be no surprise that I have a bit of a backlog of recipes to share with you. Back in December, I mentioned my Cookie Project – every year I make cookie tins as gifts with at least 4 different kinds of cookie included. One of those didn’t make it onto SMiLes before Christmas itself (I forgot to bring the recipe …
Now, the recipe I’m sharing today is one I wasn’t totally sure should leave the family recipe box. It is a Christmas favorite, and I only make it on Christmas every year. In fact, one year my mom tried to make a Thanksgiving version, but it was so unnatural that we couldn’t do it again. This is a Christmas dessert. And it only works with chocolate. No exceptions.
And you thought I was done for the weekend. Time at home + no school tomorrow = wayyyy more time to bake. Up next: my gingerbread house needed a little town to go with it!
There is no place like home. Spending time with my family, unlimited Boston sports games, a huge kitchen to bake in. It’s amazing.
This is the latest I’ve posted in awhile. I always underestimate how long it will take me to decorate cookies. Oh well, I can’t help being a perfectionist. Anyways, after a brief hiatus last week, the Christmas Cookie Project is back with a vengeance. Tomorrow there’s a holiday at work, to which I committed cookies. And then there are all of the various people I need to give cookie tins to. And then of course there are my students, who have requested treats as well. In short, I will be baking every day this week. And maybe posting some of …