Kneading to Run
I am just itching to get outside and run. The sun is shining and it looks beautiful out!
First I needed some lunch and to do some prep work for some baking for dessert tonight!
Lunch was leftover tofu, northern beans, sundried tomatoes, corn, and spinach topped with lots of red pepper pesto.
Somebody might have taste-tested the bread to make sure it was fresh enough to serve for dinner. No idea who that might have been 😉
As soon as I was finished lunch I started on my baking project. The in-laws are coming over for dinner tonight, so I thought it was a good excuse for a real dessert. (And plus if they eat some there won’t be so many leftovers!!)
I decided to make a chocolate babka from the holiday issue of Cooking Light since I’d already pre-made the filling a long time ago when I thought I was going to be able to make it and ran out of time. I first made this recipe back at Christmas-time and swore up and down I’d never make it again because it was so much work. Then I had my first bite fresh out of the oven and took back everything I said- it’s totally worth every minute.
Most of the time involved is actually in letting it rise, so I broke up the work throughout the day. Early this morning I did the mixing & kneading of the dough, and now it’s on it’s first rise- for an half and a half!
Kneading dough is SO stress relieving. If you’re stressed at all I recommend baking some sort of bread- you get the stress relief from kneading and then from the serotonin when you eat it. Hehee 🙂
Even though the sun is shining, I wouldn’t go as far to say that there’s any place in my house that’s warm, so I pre-heated the oven for just a minute or two, put the dough in an oven-safe bowl, covered it with a damp dish towel, and set it in the oven to work it’s magic.
You’ll have to come back later to see what the finished product looks like!! (Or I supposed you could just peek here)