It's almost amusing to talk about the snow day we had a couple of weeks ago, considering that the temperature the last few days has been in the 70's! Crazy, I know. But anyway, we had a snow day at the beginning of the month. Well, honestly, it was more of a snow-covered-ice with sub-zero windchill day. The schools closed. My husband even stayed home from work! So, of course I wanted to bake. And bake I did!
I was able to cross making challah bread off my learn-to-do list, which was awesome! My loaf of bread certainly wouldn't win any beauty contests, but it definitely tasted good. I used this recipe from Red Star Yeast (which I love by the way!), and I would use it again. I mixed it up in the bread machine, then shaped it by hand and baked it in the oven. I must make challah bread more often!!
I also tried the Baking Illustrated chocolate chip cookies via Brown Eyed Baker. I don't know if it was just me, but the dough was super crumbly, not the stick-together cookie dough I was expecting. But it worked. The instructions for how to form the cookies may sound lengthy, but if you're going for a certain "look" to your cookies, it's worth it. I used some Ghirardelli chocolate chips that I had found at Sam's, and they're larger than normal chocolate chips. I thought they were fine, but my family didn't seem to like them as much as the cookies I usually make. I did make them a bit smaller than the recipe instructed and got 2 dozen cookies.
I fired up the bread machine a second time for cinnamon raisin bread. I decided to try a new recipe this time, also from Red Star Yeast. My kids love cinnamon raisin bread (ok, I do too) so there's not much to say, except it was good!
And then the blueberry coffee cake muffins from Ina Garten. Delicious. I will seriously make these again. My husband's office was probably happy that we had a snow day. I haven't sent many baked goods to the office lately, but they got the majority of the leftovers the next day. :) So, what do you do when you have a snow day??