Fun Bakes and King Arthur Flour Visit
I haven't posted a lot as it seems I have been traveling all the time, but I have been baking, so I will share some of those photos. When I found out that we were so close to the King Arthur Flour HQ during our New England trip, I just had to go visit there. It was so much fun, and I wanted to buy everything. Generally, carrying flour in one's suitcase does make it a lot heavier, and I am already at the limit! I got a gift certificate for my birthday, so I will be ordering a lot of KAF goods when we aren't traveling so much. When I have been home or in kitchens where I have my starter, I made lots of breads for family and friends. The photo on the left shows breads baked in my California kitchen; the one on the right was baked in the Midwest for a birthday party for my sister and best friend.
I made a gift basket for a friend who suffered a terrible loss, and she and her kids seemed to enjoy it. I threw in some cheese and other goodies after I took this photo. Homemade bread makes such a wonderful gift that I have been buying gift bags and giving it away on a regular basis. People really seem to love it, particularly when it's still warm as it smells so good, as all of you know well.
I was baking so much lately that it seemed like the counters (and me) were constantly covered in flour. It annoys my husband if I get too much flour on the flour. Let's just say there were plenty of white sprinkles on the flour until the vacuum was brought out. (In the UK, it's called Hoovering. My husband is expert at it!)
I have been pretty boring in my baking and made a lot of classic sourdoughs and David's San Joaquin baguettes. I think David would be proud of me, however, as I now know the recipe by heart. I am always tinkering, however, with all the recipes.
I made some bread for my doctor, and she requested some starter, so I have got her all set up with a jar of starter and an easy recipe to start baking bread and maintain her starter. She wants to try and bake her own sourdough with her sister. I really hope it turns out, and they have a wonderful sisterly baking session.
Hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather and all the best to you in your baking. Phyllis