First of all, future-hubbs decided to take up bread-making as a hobby. UH - WIN. His first attempt at croissants was definitely a huge success, and was a hit at the brunch party we took them to. I was amused that he felt like he had to "baby" the dough so much with cycles of chilling, rolling, and turning. I didn't mind him babying them. He could baby bread all day if it turns out this delicious.
Don't you just love that wonderful Maillard color? I could actually eat these all day. It's best for both of us if that doesn't happen. The next sweet treat that happened over this holiday season were sea salt caramels. My mom loves caramels, and I always wanted to make them. I also like having some kind of baked good to come with me over holidays. What's Christmas with Carolyn without some cookies or treats? Hrm, I really am very grandmother-ly. In a fashionable way of course. Making the caramels was fairly simple, but rolling them up in parchment paper was a giant pain in the tushie.
And of course, Christmas cookies. I've perfected my chocolate chip cookie recipe, fairly close to the most popular recipe on allrecipes. 1/2 white sugar, 1/2 brown sugar. Cream butter and sugar together first, chill before placing on cookie sheets, the usual baking tips.
Anything fun going on in your kitchen?