Recommended Baking Adventures Aug-Sept 2013

I’m starting to love our new kitchen. (Pictured below.) I was originally skeptical because the cabinets are awkwardly sized, there’s not a ton of counter space, and the oven is almost too small for our baking pans. A few knife racks and an IKEA kitchen island later, things are looking up! These are some of the most successful adventures in the new kitchen.

Aforementioned new kitchen.

Aforementioned new kitchen.

First Challah: A combination of this recipe and this video. The video is especially brilliant. I chose the four strand braid. The wash is a combination of honey and egg. I specifically wanted a small loaf, so the recipe quantity was great for us, but might add more sugar or other flavoring next time. The round shape is in recognition of Rosh Hashanah, which we celebrated last week. Happy New Year!

First attempt at challah, and braided bread overall. The video tutorial is amazing.

First attempt at challah, and braided bread overall. The video tutorial is amazing.

Vegan Scones: We became responsible for breakfast for a small gathering, and needed to make sure we were conscientious of food allergies. (No one in this group had gluten allergies.) The solution: vegan, nut-free scones! As with all things vegan and amazing, Isa Chandra Moskowitz was my champion. The recipe I used was from Vegan Brunch, but this recipe from her website for marionberry lavender scones is very similar. These scones are scrumptious. For real. They may even be better than the buttery, creamy ones I usually make. I used rice milk, which doesn’t curdle, and they still turned out deliciously.

These are raisins, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and ground cloves.

] These are a variation with raisins, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves.

UPDATE: I tried these again with whole wheat flour, soy milk, and subbed chopped apples for the raisins. They were less sweet, but still delicious! A little heavier overall. 10/6/13

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