Yesterday I opened my shipment from King Arthur, which included some Baker’s Special Dry Milk and a sandwich bread recipe. I didn’t have any instant yeast as called for, but went ahead and made it with regular yeast. It came out quite lovely:
And also quite tasty. I had a couple of pieces with butter while it was still steaming hot (yes, I know you’re supposed to wait until it cools to cut it), and then had some with cream cheese for lunch.
This afternoon I was at Safeway and I grabbed some instant yeast. A guy in a quasi-Rasta hat behind me asked about it, whether you could just mix it in or had to proof it. He also said he’d buy jars and then forget about them until past their best-by date; I told him to put it in the freezer for extended storage.
I came home and made banana pecan muffins. Eh. It only called for one cup of brown sugar, so I find them a little less sweet than I would like. Also, they browned too much in my dark muffin tins. I often have this problem and am now a little bummed about the shallow square individual brownie pan I bought recently, which is Calphalon and also dark. I guess we’ll see. But I decided to get this tin to try out. Only one; I do have an antique light-colored tin I got for Christmas that I could use if I felt I had to make 24 muffins without waiting for the first pan to cool for some reason.
Tonight I’m trying some herb-garlic mac and cheese. I am tweaking the recipe slightly but I can’t see much going wrong with pasta, milk, cheddar, panko, herbs and garlic.
Soon the Criminal Minds marathon will start and I will have coffee and knit while crushing on Reid, as you do. Or as I do. I’m working on my impending grand-niece’s blanket. It’s about three times as big now as it is here:
It’s on my Denise needles with a connector, and last night the connector pulled apart, leaving me with about twenty live stitches hanging free. I froze; I really didn’t move for about a minute, just staring. Then I slowly put it down, got out my Addi lace interchangeables and, using a small needle, scooped up the renegades with the pointy lace tips. I had to sort of finagle my way back around, knitting off the Addis at the end. Whew.
I feel like this might take til she’s born in June! But it’s pretty yarn and I think will be nice and comfy after a wash and a beating in the dryer.