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Since I started blogging in September of 2008 I never missed a month without posting at least once.  Until this July, that is.  And then August, and then September.  Not quite sure what happened, but I think it has something to do with having 2 kids and Evelyn’s energy level.

I’m here to start over again today, and the reason is this:

Pecan Pie Muffins.

Ridiculous, I know, since I have the world’s 2 cutest, funniest kids to blog about and I haven’t.  And yet, these muffins… Well, I wouldn’t say I love them more than my kids, but they are pretty good at sitting still, not making messes, not screaming… and they taste amazing.  They were also fast and easy to make.  Don’t try and compare and contrast that with my kids, though.

I won’t lie, I’m pretty sure there is nothing healthy about them. But if you are going to eat them instead of a doughnut, or perhaps a piece of pecan pie, then I will let you pretend they are health food.

Try them out, the recipe can be found here:  http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/breads/pecan-pie-muffins-6/

*The only changes I made were to melt the butter first, rather than just softening it, and I added a few more pecans, since my food processor chopped more than 1 cups worth.  Also, I didn’t feel the need to put any extra butter on them before eating, they didn’t need it.

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I’m about to eat this

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Dang, the smells in this house are making my mouth water and my tummy rumble.

We’re trying out this lemon ricotta pancake this morning for breakfast and I can hardly wait. Isn’t it pretty?

 

Addendum: Amazing. This will be happening again.

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Do you have something that you’ve always thought would be cool to make, but you’re so sure you’ll screw it up that you’re too afraid to actually make it?

That used to be me and bagels.

I think it had something to do with the whole boiling process.

But no more ladies and gentlemen!  Not only did I make bagels, but now I want to make bagels every day for the rest of my life.

Well, I want to eat them, anyway.

And I think you should eat some, too.  But you’ll have to make your own.  So I’ll share the recipe, along with my handy-dandy instructional photos.

I adapted this recipe from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day. My only adaptation was that I used a different recipe for the dough, one which I got from the same authors’ book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

So, in a way it was a huge adaptation, but in another way, it wasn’t really an adaptation at all…

I’ve been making all of our family’s bread using the five minute a day method since we moved to Ellensburg, and we’ve been very happy with it.  I find it easier to do than to load my bread machine up each time I want a loaf.

The dough recipe I used is as follows:

  • 6 cups water
  • 3 tbs KOSHER salt (the big flakes- if you use table salt, cut this to 2 tbs)
  • 3 tbs yeast
  • 13 cups of flour (I used 2 cups of whole wheat, the rest was all-purpose)

I mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl with a (not air-tight!) lid, and I let it rest on my counter for 4 hours before refrigerating the whole batch.

This will obviously make WAY more dough than you need for the bagels.  This much dough usually lasts us a week or two- I cut off the amount I need and put the rest back in the fridge whenever I make bread.  It works well in rounds, loaves, and rolls.

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

To make these into cinnamon raisin bagels you will need:

  • 2 lbs of dough
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (I went heavier than this on the cinnamon)
  • 1/3 c raisins

Additionally, for the boiling water pot you will need:

  • 8 qts water (I didn’t measure, but I don’t think my pot was even big enough for 8 qts…)
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Now we can start.

First, take your hunk of dough and place it on your well-floured counter.  Roll it out as thin as you are comfortable with. The recipe recommends 1/4 inch, but mine wasn’t that thin.

Mix your sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle liberally on the surface.

This is a good opportunity for all you conservatives out there to try out the liberal life style.

Now it is the raisins turn- do the same thing with them.

See, being liberal can be fun!

At this point, resist the urge to change your mind and make cinnamon rolls instead.  It will be very hard to convince yourself that bagels are still a good idea at this point, but I PROMISE, they will be worth it.

But if you want, you can pretend you are making cinnamon rolls, because the next step is the same! Roll ‘er up…

Then, just for kicks, roll your roll up. This is something you don’t get a chance to do when you are making cinnamon rolls!

Then kinda knead this together a bit to really incorporate the cinnamon and raisins into the dough.

Now you have 2 options: You can do as I’m doing and measure out 3 oz bits of dough and have flashbacks of working with your dad at Domino’s Pizza… or you could just divvy the dough ball into about 10-12 pieces.

Form these pieces into balls and let them rest for about 20 minutes.

Sometimes the raisins will try to escape, that’s okay. It makes them look cute.

At this point it would be a good a good idea to get your water boiling. Once it has, reduce it to a simmer and dump in the sugar and baking soda.  Then preheat your oven to 425°.

After their nap, be a jerk and use your thumb to make a hole right through the dough balls.  Add insult to injury by stretching this hole until its diameter is about three times the width of the bagel wall.

My holes weren’t big enough, they closed up almost immediately and were nearly holeless once finished.

I don’t know what to call a bagel without a hole… a sweet boiled roll? That doesn’t sound good.

One at a time, drop your bagels gently into the simmering water. I was able to get about 6 in my pot at a time, but make sure you don’t crowd them.

The next thing on your list of weird things to do today is put out a clean dish cloth and dust it with flour.  It is preferable to use a dish cloth that has various doors printed on it, if available.

You only want to boil your bagels for 2 minutes before flipping them over. So stop being distracted by the towel already.

Then boil the other side for one minute.

Then they are ready to relax on the nice, comfy, floured towel.

I’m told you do this to rid the bagels of the excess water.  I suppose that makes sense.

Now they are ready to bake.  If you decide not to bake them and to eat them as is, you’re a weirdo.  Don’t do it. Hot wet bread dough is not as scrumptious as you may think.

Place them on a floured cookie sheet, and place the sheet in the oven.  I guess they had bigger holes at this point then I remembered them having.  But don’t be fooled- they aren’t big enough!

Bake these babies for about 20 minutes.  They will turn a beautiful golden brown.

Aren’t they gorgeous! Congratulations, you just made bagels! Or, at least you read about making bagels, and reading is important, too.

But if you only read about making them and didn’t actually make them, you won’t have the opportunity to do this:

Slice one open, add a little butter and take a bite.  You’ll love it.

While they are warm, they are best with just a little butter.  After they cooled, we liked them best toasted and topped with a little cream cheese.

Happy bagel-ing!

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I now work for a clinic in Yakima as a Medical Assistant. I love it. The only problem is.. what do you do when the phone calls are answered, the patients are taken care of, and even the doctors have left for the day? I guess you blog!

When I was hired, I was offered the job on a per diem basis to find out if this was a good fit or not. Unfortunatly, the Human Resources department forgot to tell the clinic that I accepted the position, so they also had someone else start working here on a per diem basis while I was completing my training. So, there are 2 of us here to to the job of only one person. It works out well when people are out sick, but on days like today with only one person out sick and all 3 doctors not in the office it just means lots of waiting for patients to call with questions you hope you can answer without needing the doctor here.

I’ll tell you what else you do- you read the wikipedia article of the day, text your husband, read Google News, and you look up the recipe that comes closest to Starbuck’s Pumpkin Loaf.

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