Friday, January 22, 2021

My Baking Addiction

With my Pumpkin Bread Kerfuffle, I became addicted to making quick bread. So much so, I bought a stand-mixer to mess things up easier and faster. 

My new Hamilton Beach 4 quart mixer does just what I want. It's a sturdy, solid stand mixer with a wire whisk, paddle, and dough hook. I'm not interested in grinding meat or making sausage, so I don't need the other attachments of the fancy Kitchen Aid mixers. I make quick bread and give the loaves away to my friends and family. 

After the pumpkin bread, I made two types of beer bread and some Melt In Your Mouth Banana Bread. My next attempt was baking with Hain Featherweight Baking Powder because it's sodium-free. Years ago, I used it for my partner after his open-heart surgery.

Attempting to maintaining my weight, I don't eat my baking creations. I steal a slice from a loaf's end, a tax for my efforts, and to learn how well my craft is progressing. (I didn't do that with my pumpkin gift loaves.)

After several baking attempts, I reorganized my kitchen to give me more room for baking. That's what I've been doing since my last post. It's part of why I'm tardy posting this. 

I down-sized my old utensils and bowls, some I've had for 50 years (That's scary.) and I spoiled myself by buying a new set of stacking bowls and Rachel Ray bakeware. They all stack well, one inside the other. The bowls and lids within each other and the bakeware inside themselves, if you do it right. 

I now have my dining room table full of things to donate to a thrift shop or return to my daughter. If an item doesn't bring me joy or isn't useful out it goes. It's incredible how discarding things brings fulfillment.  

To finish things off, under the cabinets I added battery-powered LED Puck Lights, to better see the spices I'm using and the amount to measure. 

My quick bread testers (my daughter, stepdaughters, and SCA apprentice) have been helpful. I've had to teach them I don't want to be told what they think I want to hear. People are afraid to hurt the feels of others. But how do you learn without knowing the truth?

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