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Pre Holiday Baking

Wingnut's picture

Pre Holiday Baking

So I made a few loaves and a lot of cookies, here are some pics…….

Toasted Wheat berries before scalding them…..

Conventional Yeast dough divided and ready for baskets



Then it was cookie time. I think all tolled, I made 30 dozen. Most of them are going to my sainted Wife's workmates for a end of year celebration, (I am not invited)…..

Classic Chocolate Chips with 60% bittersweet Chocolate and toasted Pecans….

I also made Toasted Pecan, Granola, Maple cookies (some of them are on the top rack)

Someone wanted Lebkuchen cookies but I could not find the wafer paper to go on the bottom so I came up with my own Lebkuchengewürz Spiced Cookie.

This involved making candied Lemon and Orange Zest….

after some trial and error the cookie base was done, as you can tell I have sort of an obsession with Pecans...

Baked and ready for a glaze...

I made a Myers's Spiced Rum Sugar Glaze….

Well whatever you celebrate this time of year have a good time doing it. But be mindful not all people see the world through your glasses, and that is okay.




dabrownman's picture

is not at all a bad thing if you ask me.  So what do you have to do to get invited to cookie fest? The bread and cookies all look fantastic - put me into the Holiday Spirit. Well done Wing and Happy Holidays to you!  That bread is something to behold!

Wingnut's picture

I'm afraid it's an employees only kind of get together DAB.

Thanks for the kind words.



Janetcook's picture

I sure hope they all appreciate all that went into your cookies!  They look scrumptious.

I couldn't help but note your cooling rack.  I have one of those too but replaced it with one of these that is much easier to use.  (It is the one on the far right - 'tiered')

The lemons and oranges look so pretty with the rind removed.  I never knew that the tool you used was for that purpose…..I am thinking new kitchen toy tool on the horizon….though I don't use citrus peel often so I end up purchasing mine off of the KA store….

Thanks for a peek into your kitchen.

Take Care,


Wingnut's picture

Well Janet they are Californians so probably not, ;) I had those racks forever, as they say, if'n it ain't broke…..

I have to confess I use that tool more often for cocktails than baking. Cheap enough at your local restaurant supply store.

Thanks for the kind words.



ahuitt's picture

I adore pecans myself. Will you share the Toasted Pecan, Granola, and Maple recipe? Yum!

MarieH's picture

Just because this is a bread site doesn't mean we can't drool over cookies too! I haven't made Lebkuchen in years but I will now. I live in north Florida near a ready supply of wonderful Georgia pecans. This year I shelled 20 pounds and now 10 pounds are in my freezer. They are my second favorite nut - my husband is my first favorite nut. Okay, I am going to make Lebkuchen now...

isand66's picture

Wow!  What great looking cookies!  I love anything with pecans and I bet I could eat a whole bunch of these beauties!



rossnroller's picture

All looks fabbo! And good on you for making your own peel - so much better than the commercial stuff.