TWD #38: “My cake is dough.”
“My cake is dough.” ~ William Shakespeare
Cake? Bread? Bread? Cake?
By now my hubs has figured out that Sunday (or Monday depending on the procrastination factor) is Tuesdays with Dorie baking day. When he asked me what was up on the baking calendar this week, I tried to explain to him what kind of dessert a kugelhokf (pronounced: koo-goo-hof) was. I decided to hook him in with a hyphenated dessert word b/c he absolutely loved the apple pie-cake back in my TWD newb days and came up with a descriptive “cake-bread” for my answer. He gave me his loveable dorky confused look (I think every husband has one right?) and said:
“…so its like a cread!”
I couldn’t stop laughing for a good 20 minutes. It could be b/c I thought he said “crud” at first. But after we got the wordage straightened out it was still pretty darn funny and we spent the rest of the weekend saying cread this and cread that. Kinda rolls off the tongue don’t ya think? LOL
What I learned this week:
Am I the only one that doesn’t like the word “scant”? esp when it has to do with yeast? I am not a fan of using “scant” in any recipe instructions. Ok there. I said it. Sorry I just had to get that off my chest.
(Recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s BFMHTY | photos from me!)
Did anyone else think it was funny that Dorie described this dough stage as shaggy? HAHA.
I used craisins instead of raisins. CB=raisin-hater
My dough rising trick is to turn my oven to 350F and let the heat from the oven create a warm environment for my dough on top of the stove. First rise took about 2 hours.
That is my best one-handed attempt to show how I “slapped” the sides of my dough down (L). I didn’t have a kugelhopf pan so I used my bundt pan instead (R).
Look at that dough RISE! It always makes me feel like Dr Frankenstein when the monster sits up. It’s alive…!!! Muhahaha… Second rise took about 3 hours.
Husband rating: C
I could tell he wasn’t a fan b/c he barely wanted to eat more than one bite and politely said that he was full. That’s never a good review.
Wifey rating: C
It wasn’t the recipe (maybe the baker?) though. I think this recipe is a case of “acquired taste”. I like my cakes moist and sweet and this recipe was bland and dry (even with the icing drizzle) so it wasn’t the cake for me. But I don’t regret baking it b/c now I can cross it off my list.
Other rating: C
I never have the heart to throw things in the trash so we pawned the rest of the cake off on his parents. No call (yet) to rave about it so I assume they felt the same way.
Next week: Arborio Rice Pudding, White, Black (Or Both) pages 412-413
Foot note: Happy Veterans Day to my FIL who served in the Vietnam war. Today we honor him and other veterans like him for keeping our country safe.