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Old 09-10-2012, 10:32 AM   #1
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A Perfect Baking Day

It is overcast and we've had one bout of rain with more to come today. Its a perfect day to bake. When the family returns home the house will smell like all things warm and wonderful.

I'm trying to decide what exactly to bake. I've got lots of piddly chores to do so baking something that would break up the monotony might be just the ticket. I'm thinking perhaps cinnamon buns or some other sweet bun that requires a rise would do the job. Maybe a cake? Something with a few steps to complete it?

The last few days have been the first of the apple season. We've had an apple pie and an apple crisp as well as 2 batches of apple sauce. So definitely nothing apple flavored.

Something rhubarb perhaps? I could stew the rhubarb first and then make a rhubarb cake or loaf?

What would you bake on a Perfect Baking Day?

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Old 09-10-2012, 10:43 AM   #2
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A perfect baking day...

First of all, all baking results have to be perfect. No mistakes, over cooking, over mixing, incorrect measures and no interruptions!

After that, it's easy. Since we only bake things we love to eat, it doesn't matter what you bake!

SO made pakalva over the weekend so I'm going to focus on bagels (I have the flakes).
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Cheesecake and 5 kinds of cookies.
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I vote for gingerbread cake with warm lemon sauce or a cottage pudding with nutmeg sauce.
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Cheesecake and 5 kinds of cookies.
Holy crap. No pressure.

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I vote for gingerbread cake with warm lemon sauce or a cottage pudding with nutmeg sauce.
OMGOMGOMG...That sounds so good. I have a killer gingerbread cake recipe but no warm lemon sauce recipe. Do you have that?
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Holy crap. No pressure.
You asked what I would do on a perfect baking day. Today is not perfect for me...no pressure!
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I vote for gingerbread cake with warm lemon sauce or a cottage pudding with nutmeg sauce.
Whenever I mention cottage pudding with nutmeg sauce people look at me like I have grown a third eye! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who makes it! It is one of my favorites. It is good for a dessert, then the next day for breakfast!
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Bagels are done and cooling. They came out looking good. Breakfast for Tuesday is all set.
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Good old Filus comes through! Lemon sauce recipe. I might make both the cake and the buns.

Cake is happening ASAP! Buns maybe in a bit. Juggling the laundry too!

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Good old Filus comes through! Lemon sauce recipe. I might make both the cake and the buns.

Cake is happening ASAP! Buns maybe in a bit. Juggling the laundry too!

I just had a vision of you tossing laundry in the air and catching it. How many pieces can you juggle at once? At least it doesn't break when you drop it. Remember to do this before you wash the clothes. Okay, juggle the socks after they've been washed.
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Good old Filus comes through! Lemon sauce recipe. I might make both the cake and the buns.

Cake is happening ASAP! Buns maybe in a bit. Juggling the laundry too!

Double the sauce recipe!

If you have any leftover it can be reheated for breakfast as Barbara indicated. If it gets a little thick add some water.
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Whenever I mention cottage pudding with nutmeg sauce people look at me like I have grown a third eye! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who makes it! It is one of my favorites. It is good for a dessert, then the next day for breakfast!
A kindred spirit or a member of the Nutmeg gang!

Cottage pudding with nutmeg sauce is always on the table when the wind and snow are swirling around. A night when supper is a little skimpy.

The nutmeg sauce is very nice on a tired old slice of fruitcake in February or March.

Also on pancakes when the syrup jug is empty.

My maternal grandmother was English and she always referred to it as English nutmeg sauce.

Nutmeg sauce:

1/4 to a 1/2cup of sugar
1 T of cornstarch.
1/4 to 1/2 t of ground nutmeg
1 cup boiling water
1/2 to 1t vanilla extract
1 T butter

Mix sugar, cornstarch and nutmeg together in a saucepan, stir in boiling water. Stir over medium heat until the mixture thickens and clears. Remove from heat, add vanilla extract and butter, continue stirring until the butter melts and serve.
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Yummy yum yum!!! Now what is the cottage pudding recipe?

Had a last minute request to do the cinnamon buns today and the cake tomorrow so that's what's happening. Buns rising now.

Laundry mountain is down to a small speedbump and getting smaller. Sheesh I hate it when I wash every sheet and towel in the house and no one is here to help fold!
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Yummy yum yum!!! Now what is the cottage pudding recipe?

Had a last minute request to do the cinnamon buns today and the cake tomorrow so that's what's happening. Buns rising now.

Laundry mountain is down to a small speedbump and getting smaller. Sheesh I hate it when I wash every sheet and towel in the house and no one is here to help fold!
It is just a one egg cake.

COTTAGE PUDDING
2 c. sifted cake flour*
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 FRESH egg, unbeaten
3/4 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 8 x 8 x 2 inch cake pan. Sift first 3 ingredients together 3 times. Work in shortening until smooth and creamy; add sugar slowly, continue to work until light. Add egg, beat very well with spoon. Add flour mixture alternately with milk and vanilla. Turn into cake pan; bake in oven for 50 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack 10-15 minutes before removing from pan.

*Note if cake flour is not available place 2 T cornstarch in the cup and then fill with AP flour. Also you may reduce the AP flour by 2T and not go with the addition of the cornstarch.
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Thanks Aunt Bea! I will definitely try that with the nutmeg sauce. I've got 4 lovely nutmegs that I'm itching to grate up into something.
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Yum Cottage pudding with Nutmeg sauce sounds good!
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Yum Cottage pudding with Nutmeg sauce sounds good!
It IS!!!!!
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Yummy yum yum!!! Now what is the cottage pudding recipe?

Had a last minute request to do the cinnamon buns today and the cake tomorrow so that's what's happening. Buns rising now.

Laundry mountain is down to a small speedbump and getting smaller. Sheesh I hate it when I wash every sheet and towel in the house and no one is here to help fold!
Geesh, when my buns rise I put on 10 pounds.
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I made two apple pies today. One for a friend and one for my daughter. They smell so good I am almost tempted to keep one for myself. But I won't.
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