Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Baking day plans

A friend gave us some Amish Friendship Bread starter, which should be divided and a loaf of quick-like bread made every ten days. I had been mulling over the idea of a baking day this summer, but once a week seemed too often (since I don't want the heat in the house). Aha! Every ten days, with a little flexibility of a day early or late, seems like it could work well.

The starter will be ready to divide and make a loaf of bread tomorrow, and I bought sort of too many peaches at the farmers market today, so here are my plans.

- Clear counters!
- Put pecans to soak in warm, salty water (for crispy pecans, yum!)
- Maybe make up cinnamon rolls, to rise in the fridge overnight
- Mix granola dry ingredients
- Maybe make pie crust?

Tomorrow morning
- Bake cinnamon rolls (if I made them) -- 20 minutes
- Start bread dough for part-whole wheat bread, and maybe multi-seed bread -- ready to bake after 2.5-3.5 hours
- Dry pecans in low oven -- 30-45 minutes 'cause they'll be baked again in the granola
- Maybe prep peaches and make a peach pie? -- 40 minutes baking
- Mix up cinnamon Amish Friendship Bread and bake -- 45 minutes
- Shape breads for second rise
- Chop pecans; add pecans, honey, and butter to granola; bake granola -- 30 minutes?
- Bake breads -- 30 minutes

Depending on how the morning goes, I might finish by roasting those young onions, new potatoes, and beets. I want to be done and able to get rid of the heat by noon, either by opening windows (the no-rain option) or by a single use of the air conditioning.

The end result should be a breakfast of cinnamon rolls, a loaf of cinnamon Amish Friendship Bread, a peach pie, a big batch of oat-pecan granola, some spare crispy pecans, and four to six loaves of a basic part-whole-wheat bread for sandwiches, toast, and French toast; maybe also a loaf or two of a seedy whole-wheat bread with a multi-seed topping. The seed mix has been stored in the freezer, and I really want to try it.

Oh, and roasted potatoes, onions, and beets. Should I get some sausages to go with?


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