Yay! It’s almost the weekend and almost Easter!
I love celebrating the resurrection of our Lord!
I took some of my own advice this week and baked some Easter Paska Bread and some cookies.
Now, this was not some small feat.
First, my kids cared about eating the cookies, they did not care about making them…fail…kind of.
Next, if you follow me on Instagram and read my post on living with grandparents you know that we are… living with grandparents!
I am not in my own kitchen. I don’t know where everything is which caused me to be unprepared for the whole baking thing. Plus my mind was everywhere all at once and nowhere at the same time.
Can anyone relate?
Anyway, I wanted to share with you my adventure in baking this week, through pictures and a little storytelling.
I love using a bread machine to make bread dough. It’s so easy. Just get all the ingredients into the machine and forget about it for 1.5 hours. I recommend this bread maker. It’s the same brand as mine with the same settings. It’s not exactly like mine because mine is not manufactured anymore.
When the dough is done you shape it, fill it, put it into whatever you’re baking it in. Cover and let it rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
The ones on the top are supposed to be sugar roses. My aunt makes the best ones! I’m still practicing.
The bottom two in the above image are filled with fruit spread. One is strawberry and the other is Guava.
I used parchment paper to line the inside of the cans for Paska bread.
That picture is blurry because I’m still recovering from my PRK eye surgery and basically that’s how I see.
Oh well. It still tasted amazing!
All that sugar!!!
I cut it open way before it cooled down enough. But it was amazing! It smelled amazing! So light and fluffy!
Oh yes, the fabulous cookie making adventure. While the dough was mixing in the bread maker I hand mixed the cookie dough.
Yes, hand mixed.
Yes, it was hard.
No, I do not recommend it.
But I was baking at my moms, she doesn’t have a stand mixer! I need to buy her one. I bought myself the Kitchen Aid one like this. And I left mine at my house. (no it’s still not packed.)
My precious girl wanted to help. Her hand and finger marks are literally on every cookie!
Do you see that dough? All nicely rolled out?
Well, it wasn’t!!!
I had everything ready to roll out the cookie dough…except for the rolling pin!
I searched the whole house! EVERYWHERE!
I searched the entire kitchen! Every cabinet and drawer!
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So what do I do? My little girl wants to make cookies!
I improvise of course.
I divided the dough into 2 manageable chunks. I pushed it out as flat as possible with my hands and fingers. I took a piece of parchment paper. Lay it on top of the dough. Then I took a wooden cutting board and put it right on top. Then pushed on it with all my strength to flatten it out evenly.
It worked for the most part. They were very thick cookies but I don’t mind at all!
Never got to frost the cookies, and the kids didn’t care! They ate them anyway.
I made more dough and more paska bread.
I hope your Easter is filled with family, friends and lots and lots of LOVE and maybe some baking.