Sunday, March 23, 2008

Post-Purim baking frenzy

I was too tired last weekend to get my Purim baking done. It's the one Jewish holiday I really celebrate with glee, and possibly this is because it's all about food and alcohol. Anyway, I decided I still needed to eat some hamentaschen, even if it was a bit late, and I made the dough for them yesterday.

My recipe calls for "the juice and grated rind of two oranges". Unfortunately, oranges are varied in size, and these must have been big ones because I ended up with a very wet dough. Now, if you just add flour to a dough that has too much water in it, it'll end up tough, so I decided not to fool around and just to see how it was after it was chilled.

After 24 hours chilling it was... still wet. I baked today anyway. I used a moderate amount of flour and a lot of careful handling, and the cookies are definitely ugly, but they taste awesome. And who cares what they look like? They look like lunch to me... er, dessert. Of course I meant dessert.

Ok, so I know I still have to finish one baby pullover and sew up another baby cardi. Oh and there's my endless tan cabled cardigan, too. So what did I do today? Swatched some Classic Elite Star and cast on for another baby cardi. Oh, c'mon, you know you'd do the same thing.

I have enough to make two bi-colored, extremely cheerful newborn cardigans from this. It's weird to knit, though — April would hate it, because it's like knitting with Fixation. And knit up? It looks ... wooly. It's 98% cotton. Hunh.

But I think it'll make a cuddly little cardigan!


trek said...

It does look like a cuddly baby sweater yarn.

Happy Purim cookies.

Earin Marybird said...

Do you think we could just swatch and not really ever finish anything? Sometimes I wonder. I am so glad you are feeling better (me too). Wet dough is a challenge. They look very tasty though!

Anonymous said...

oh I love the way that knits up