Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Back to Bake-ics

I got home early today, since this is the only day this week that I'm only teaching for 2 hours, and found my host mother holding court at the kitchen table surrounded by 4 women. I didn't recognize any of them, but fortunately one of them was with her son Scott, a close friend of my host brother's, so I could greet her without looking like a big tool. I went to my room to change, and on my way out my host sister informed me that it was my host mom's birthday. Since I didn't want to interrupt her with her friends, and I didn't want to make it awkward in case someone was joining us for dinner or others weren't, or we were going out or staying in or I don't know what, but I didn't want to ask in front of them what her birthday plans were for the night. I wanted to do something special, but just in case we were going to go out to dinner, I didn't want to make everyone wait for me by doing a whole big thing that took hours. So anything that required shopping was out.
The obvious thing for me to do is bake, since I do a lot of that. But I haven't been to the grocery store since I got back, and they rarely have baking basics (flour, butter, sugar, milk) on hand. Fortunately, however, I had a vague memory of picking up a big thing of extra butter after JJ and I depleted my supply by making sugar cookies before I left, and I thought I had some cake flour left over from my birthday cakeventure. I checked my baking corner (yep, I have a little corner of the cabinet where my flour, sugar, baking powder & soda, chocolate chips, and cinnamon live) and checked the freezer, and lo and behold - supplies!

Never one to be complacent (or, some might say, to leave well enough alone), I made about 3/5 of the dough into either straight soft sugar cookies or snickerdoodles (the difference being whether the dough is rolled into a sphere and dipped in colored sugar or pushed flat and dipped in cinnamon-sugar before baking), and then added about 1/2 cup of flour, 1/3 cup of peanut butter and 1/3 cup of honey to the dough.

Magic! With very little effort on the dough-making side of things, I now have an impressive visual array of cookies. I even left a few of the sugar cookies plain, so theoretically I could even slam some royal icing on those bad boys for a whole different effect. Now if only they had cookie sheets that could tackle more than 9 cookies at a time - or an oven with more than one rack - this would have been done in a snap. As it is, 5 dozen cookies take over an hour to bake, whereas in my kitchen at home it'd be about 15 minutes. Ah, well. At least I HAVE an oven. I REALLY hope the apartment we're moving to next month has an oven...

Food porn pictures to follow...

Edit: here they are

sugar cookies waiting to go in

Here's most of them - there was one more set of 9 in the oven and one waiting to go in.


Chris in South Korea said...

Hi Dara,
Chris in South Korea here - I just discovered your blog via KoreaBlogList and wanted to say hi from one K-blogger to another. I've added you to my Google Reader (the only way to keep up with several dozen K-blogs!) and linked to you on my blog (http://chrisinsouthkorea.blogspot.com). It's all about life in Korea, traveling around the country, and the occasional commentary. If you have the time, I'd appreciate a linkback! I know you're busy baking - next time you have some time, let me know :) Take care for now -- Chris

P.S. The Hwacheon Ice Festival rocked!

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Anonymous said...

Good day!

I just wanted to say hi to everyone

Adios amigos


Anonymous said...

Greets dude!

It is my first time here. I just wanted to say hi!