Sunday! Graduation ceremonies attended last night, a perfect day to avoid grading that last set of finals I got on Friday afternoon. Had several things going on in the kitchen today, including making a vat of hummus starting from dried chickpeas which husband said was "too foamy." Too foamy? What the heck does that even mean? "Too much air." Too much... air? Good Lord. Next time I let him make the hummus.
First up, son sees me in the kitchen and inquires as to the state of the dessert situation. I ask him what he wants. "Brownies!" He checks with his sister. "Brownies!" Okey dokey. "Can I help?" Well, it seems it's time to teach son to make brownies. He's made cakes before (from scratch, with supervision). Plus, following a recipe will build those reading skills! I haul out the America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book. Woohoo! A recipe for "Classic Brownies." For beginners, even! I make him read through the whole recipe. What temperature do we set the oven to?? 325. Pan? 13"x9". How can you tell it's 13"x9"? Well, see that little designation on the pan that says 13"x9"? Yes, that one. How do we prep the pan? Greased aluminum foil sling? Forget it. That's just America's Test Kitchen fancy talk. Spritz with Pam.
Once we got the basics set up, it was on to the actual recipe. 6 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted with 12 T butter. No, you don't want to eat that (this time to my daughter). No you REALLY don't want to eat that. You really want to eat that? Go ahead. ...See, told you. Time to add the sugar. 2 1/4 cups. Measure it out. Beat it into the chocolate mixture.
Ok, now onto the bread. I made this one. I've been playing around with no-knead bread--although I'm certainly no expert on this stuff yet. I've been working on modifying this loaf from the blog Nine Bean-Rows. Here's what I came up with this time:
2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup dark rye flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp dry yeast
1 T salt
2 tsp sugar
1 cup beer (I used some Corona in our fridge)
1/3 cup water
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Mix together the dry ingredients. Mix the liquid. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until well combined (I actually kneaded a little with my hand to get in the last of the flour). Place in a greased bowl. Let sit overnight (I let it sit about 12 hours). The next day, turn out of the bowl. Knead a few times, and form a ball. Put on a plate with cornmeal to keep the dough from sticking when it is baked.