Brings big changes and the urge to bake all the things!
Starting with the weather… last Monday ushered in a glorious week. We had temps in the 70’s several times! I had to break out the summer attire to stave off a need for Steve to turn on the AC during the week (I lost… he did turn on the AC, sigh.)
Today, the furnace has been running steadily and it was just barely 30°F when I took Sherman for our morning walk. My ears got cold, I could have used a hat! I saw a few flakes drifting gently down on Saturday, but no accumulation. But the inner child in me did a mini-dance of joy at this week’s forecast with better snow chances on Thursday!
This colder weather turns my attention to baking. Today I am going to whip up David Lebovitz French Apple Cake. His take on Dorie Greenspan’s version is my absolute favorite! I think there will also be some more pumpkin bread as well!
The big dough bucket will be empty this week so it will be time to fill it back up! That wheat dough… well the taste is wonderful and it stayed soft and moist for the 4-days it lasted! We finished it off Saturday night with a “breakfast for dinner” of eggs and toast! In my second attempt, I baked it in a loaf shape as the recipe suggested. I used the baking steel that we use for pizza and my results were so good!
Finally, I am going to make a big batch of Baked Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats because there is nothing better than some hot oats to help warm you up after an early morning excursion with Sherman!
And there you have my very full list for the week! I will see you all back here on Wednesday with some other sorts of making!
Your baking list sounds divine! What is it about the cold finally arriving that activates the desire to bake? Whatever it is, I’m also heeding the call and will be baking a nice loaf today also. I had cinnamon toast this morning and thought it would be infinitely better with homemade bread. Now I just have to decide between homemade bread or pumpkin steel cut oats for breakfast tomorrow.
Do you use rum or vanilla in the cake? I’m not a huge fan of rum.
I sub brandy and it is so good!
That apple cake sounds wonderful — and easy! Though I’d leave out the rum (I imagine it would still be good without). I’m still marveling at how quickly we seemed to go from summer to winter in the weather. We avoided turning on the AC but did open the windows and wear very little to sleep in on the warmest days. And now I’m happy to be back in my woolies!
Oh yum! I just finished lunch, but your post makes me feel hungry. LOL I had some hot cereal for breakfast today with a few raisins and dried cherries and it was wonderful. Instead of regular oatmeal, I made Woodstock’s 5 grain cereal – highly recommend. I’m hoping to make a walnut cranberry upside down cake a little later! And, am planning to make cranberry pumpkin bread sometime this week. Saturday I was out with no coat and even had flip flops on in the afternoon. Sunday it was all about being bundled up.
I love steel cut oats for breakfast and I make them in the instant pot. I’ve tried fancier versions but really prefer them plain with just a splash of oat milk. Sounds like your house is going to smell wonderful from all of that baking!
I might have to try those oats! My favorite way to eat steel cut oats is with a splash of buttermilk, a light drizzle of maple syrup, and a tiny sprinkle of sea salt. Yum.
Elsa and I have been watching the Great British Baking Show. I really have to remember to bake something tasty BEFORE we turn that on, because it always makes me so damn hungry!
Here’s to a tasty week 🙂
The cold weather does suggest baking all the fall treats. Friday I made an apple cake and served it with warm caramel sauce to my book group. I used a recipe I tore out of a magazine years ago. It got good reviews. May this week treat you well.
Mmmmm. It is certainly baking season! I think I’m going to make some pumpkin bread today. It’s cold here — and getting colder. And . . . there are snowflakes in the air. (At this point, it’s still warm enough that they’re melting fast. But it won’t be long now. . . ) 🙂
I’m baking tomorrow, Thursday, a Christmas cake.