Posted in Homemade Baking, Homemade candy, Homemade crafts and gifts, Homemade holidays, knit, tagged baking, dessert, easy cooking, homemade, homemade gift, kitchen craft, knit on December 20, 2010|
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I am so excited about this Christmas. Germany definitely breeds the Christmas spirit with its busy Christmas markets, fresh white snow, and variety of Christmas traditions. What it doesn’t foster is that crazy Christmas materialism that so often comes in the US. Instead, I have been sweetly knitting gifts and crafting thoughtful tidbits for the people I care most about.
Here are the ravelry links to what I have knit; these could all be whipped together in one night if you were a quick knitter (unlike me):
Label from Giverslogs
My coworkers are getting little gingerbread house kits. The idea and recipe are from Martha, but the label was adapted from the Giverslog. These are easy to make and could be pulled together in one evening. I hope they like them.
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Posted in breakfast, Homemade Baking, Homemade meals, knit, tagged baking, breakfast, granola, granola bars, healthy, knit, unfinished knitting on April 19, 2010|
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I love granola bars or more specially protein bars. It boils down to this: I’m a girl of habit and I’m not a morning person. So granola bars are perfect. They are my morning staple. Through the years, I have gone through some phases. I loved the crunchy granola bars, cliff bars, homemade granola, but here in Germany there really aren’t many options. There are tons of muesli options, which I do like, but requires doing dishes afterwards. There just aren’t a lot of option for breakfast bars. The only widely available option is called “corny”– with no granola in it at all. So this week’s challenge was to make something delicious, filling and easy — that wouldn’t need to be supplemented by scrambled eggs like last weeks ginger scones.
I started with this granola bar recipe from smitten kitchen (found via domestifluff and originally adapted from King Arthur). I made some changes, partially because of what was available here in Germany and partially cause, well, I made some mistakes that actually ended well.
Rather than copy the recipe here with my simple changes, just follow the links above, but keep my substitution in mind. I didn’t have a food processor so I substituted “oat flour,” which is just processed oats, with finely ground coconut (readily available here) and two tablespoons of wheat flour. For dried fruits, I used 1 cup chopped prunes. For nuts, I used a package of “salad seeds” which included pumpkin seeds *highly recommended,* sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds. After baking, I realized these are too sweet and a little too thick, so make your own call, but maybe less than a 1/2 cup of sugar and thinner. With a wax paper or tin foil lined pan, these come out really easily. Just cut them up when cooled and enjoy. I know, I will.
Hopefully, they will make it so I can enjoy more sleep and have a hearty breakfast. These bars could have saved me on Friday, when I woke up a 5am for work/breakfast and stayed out until 4am. Ug.
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Good bread made fast. It sounds right up my alley. After reading people from angry chicken to the NY Times talk about no-knead bread for years, I decided to join the craze. I am not usually a bread person. Bread=sandwiches, in my mind. And I hate sandwiches. Still, I felt like a slice yesterday, so I quickly whipped together the dough. And waited… waited the 20 hours until baking. (A long time I know.) I followed the simple instructions for no knead bread from not martha. Next time I will cook it for 20 minutes without the lid because the crust was a little soft and not the prettiest color (as you can tell). Either way, this bread was great. And I think I’m hooked. Might even make some more dough for pizza this week.
If only I could check out Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking from the library, then my house could become a mini-bakery. Sadly, I caught this craze a little late and there are already 120 people waiting for a copy to be returned. I might just have to buy it.
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