Brother David and his wife Susan are traveling back to Fresno after a weekend in the Bay Area to see our visiting brother Aaron from Colorado. So with the two locals, we had 80% of the Snyder siblings in one place. That place, of course, was well-provisioned with baked goods, and we had a very nice brunch at Sister Norma’s apartment in Oakland.
In the spirit of culinary science and the anthropology of family ritual among the California natives, we studied the question: “How many Snyders does it take to make a table full of baked goods disappear? “ The answer is “more than four”. Now, this was not a proper scientific experiment, as we did not have a control group. Just our out-of-control group. Still, the procedures would be worth repeating to gather further data.
We did not photograph the experiment, as we did not want the recording of the event to affect the behavior of the subjects. I can provide links to previous descriptions of the treats that lured the rats through the maze.
David brought his famous banana bread (http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/22727/praise-crust-amp-crumb), a Hamelmanian rye bread (http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/22773/rye-bread-tips-and-tricks-applied), and the somewhat bizarre, but not really objectionable, Greek Saints’ Bread (http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/22790/artos-greek-saints039-day-bread-kassos).
I brought my latest attempt at “Mai Tai Scones”, somewhat like the ones described here (http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/21496/people-who-live-glass-houses-shouldn039t-stow-scones) and some pistachio-golden raisin scones, using the same basic recipe but without alcoholic flavors.
As with most ritual gatherings of this particular tribe, there was more food than could possibly be consumed at one meal. I have to say, that was among the best-smelling laboratories I’ve ever been in, and all the rats were quite pleased.
It is for smiles on family faces that we bake.
I will be performing further experiments with that banana bread.