On the last day of the year 2015, I'm trying to play catch up with the baking I've done since my last post. This will be kind of a no-frills update, so bear with me.
I baked quite a lot this holiday season. Not that this is any different from the last few holiday seasons; I just like being able to say it because it's something that brings me a lot of joy. Most of my baking was, as per usual (which makes me exceedingly happy) for my family. I shipped sixteen Sour Cream Lemon Pound Cakes to three different cities in two different states across the country. (I also made a few of these to give to a work colleague who appreciates my baking.) In addition to the lemon glaze, I decorated them with some candied lemon peel – rather poorly, I'll admit. But I'm stretching some wings here, so give me a break.
|The full-ish compliment to the family.|
|Yeah, I've got to practice with that lemon peel.|
|Lots of drizzled lemon glaze. Yep. Working on that, too.|
|One of my better braids. Working on that, too.|
|Mmmmmmmmm! Working on finishing off that jar of honey!|
But wait! That's not all! I also made Russian Pastries for Christmas Eve dinner.
|Pastries of the Russian variety. And, yes, I'm working on these, too.|
Christmas dinner was spent at the apartment of a couple of friends. Everyone brought something and it was a potluck instead of a big sit-down. Everything was delicious. I brought a lemon ripple ice cream pie. I had planned on bringing another challah, this time I use the recipe from one of Peter Reinert's book but things went awry and I had to trash the dough. This is an inferior recipe in my opinion. I'll never use it again. Oh. And more Russian Pastries. My apologies for not having any pictures of anything from this meal.
And we had dinner the next night in the same place, with a much smaller group of folks. But I'll have to tell you about the bread I baked for that one later. It's getting on towards midnight and I want to post this before the new year rings in.
May 2016 be a banner year of good things for us all!
Currently listening to: Beethoven's 5th Symphony in C Minor