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davidg618

Christmas baking

This year I sent all my children and their families, and a couple of dear friends a loaf of sourdough, and a sampling of cookies: Welsh Cakes, Date-Nut Pinwheels--reminiscent of their great-grandmother--and biscotti, a recent discovery and new favorite of mine.


After a week of marathon baking:


10 loaves sourdough--our oven can only bake two at a time,


19 dozen Welsh Cakes,


14 dozen Date-Nut Pinwheels,


14 dozen Biscotti (Parmesan-Blackpepper, Cherry Pecan, Hazlenut-Citron, and Amaretto-Almond)


 3 Sandwich loaves: 40% Whole-wheat, for ourselves,


and 16 mini-loaves: cranberry-orange, for the neighbors.


Today we took a one day break.


Tomorrow I'm doing a mincemeat pie, and Yvonne is baking a pumpkin pie. We're having eight of the neighbors for Christmas dinner.


Life is good.


Merry Christmas, everyone.


David G


 

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OldWoodenSpoon's picture
OldWoodenSpoon

A true holiday baking marathon!  I could have mis-counted, but that looks like almost 50 dozen cookies alone.  I am truly impressed, and I hope your family, friends and neighbors are aware of the loving work you put in on their gifts.  I am sure they are.


I am so glad to hear someone else still makes mincemeat pie.  I love that pie.  My mother taught my wife to make it, and every year she bakes me one at Christmas, and usually one at Thanksgiving too.  I am the only one in the family that eats it, but she makes it, just for me.  I put some slices in the freezer, and make it last for a month or more.


Marry Christmas to you and yours David.
OldWoodenSpoon

saltandserenity's picture
saltandserenity

Would love to see pictures of your holiday baking extravaganza!!

davidg618's picture
davidg618

Didn't take any this year. We bagged, packed and shipped nearly everthing as soon as it was done and cooled. We had an arrangement with our post-woman--we live in a rural area: a note in the mailbox that said " Please drive up to the house and honk" whenever we had packages ready.


However, there are pictures from last year's similar bake here:


http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/14991/christmas-baking-blisters


and pics of our annual January open house: here:


http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/15660/breads-and-spreads-4th-annual-open-house


Merry Christmas


David G


 

saltandserenity's picture
saltandserenity

I understand the urgency to get the cookies in the mail.  Everything looks amazing.  Wish I was there!!