Monday, November 29, 2010

Three-Source Biscuits

I love biscuits, but I don't love the amount of shortening you're supposed to put in them, so when this much-lower-fat recipe for whole wheat biscuits, with just a little olive oil popped up on the adorable Cooking with My Kid blog, I wanted to try them.  Thanksgiving seemed like the perfect time---my mom has fond memories of eating biscuits (albeit the from-a-can kind) as a kid, so I thought I'd make a batch of these.

While I was printing out the recipe, I noticed that it was adapted from this recipe on Foodologie, so I went to check that one out, too.  (I love the internet, it makes following information around so easy.)  That recipe was adapted from another one, and I ended up combining elements of all three---the amazing idea to cut the biscuits into hearts from Cooking with my Kid, the whole wheat pastry flour/all-purpose flour combination from Foodologie, and the repeated patting-out-and-folding-before-cutting technique from the original recipe.  (Which was meant to make the biscuits layered, and didn't exactly work, but they halved nicely, at least.)

I'm pretty new to the whole...experimental baking thing, so anytime I deviate a little from a recipe and it works is very exciting. :D  And in this case, tasty.  There were some left over, so I had one for breakfast on Friday morning, toasted and topped with plain Greek yogurt and some raspberry-blueberry jam from IKEA.  

Next baking project: possibly sesame ring-shaped bread. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

WIP Wednesday!

Meet Bob the Slightly Asymmetrical Panda!  I'm terrible about having a million WIPs going at once, but Bob is my favourite right now, since he's so cutely high-contrast and made with a type of construction I haven't tried before.  I'm just making him up out of my head as I go along, and I'm surprised that it's working so far.

Pandas have kind of weird colouring, with black stripes that only go round their backs, so I did Bob's head all in the round and then decided to try making the back/sides of his body in turned rows, with a separate all-white belly piece for the front.  So he looks finished from the back right now:

And here's an approximation of what he'll look like when I get around to sewing him together. (...the sewing-together is my least favourite part of amigurumi-making.  I'm a much better crocheter than I am a seamstress!)   His belly is part of a motif from Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs.

My non-yarn (and also non-photogenic) WIP today is a biga, which is a kind of non-sourdough starter/sponge thing for bread.  It's supposed to sit around multiplying/rising/whatever for about 24 hours before you can use it to mix the bread dough, which I should have thought about more before I made it around 8 PM yesterday, but uh, bread that comes out of the oven at midnight-ish is the best kind, right?