You know what finally showed up at work last week? I've been waiting for this day for a long time. GIRL SCOUT COOKIE DAY!!! Thin Mints and Samoas, you are mine. Never mind that I could easily eat my way through my recommended daily caloric intake in the form of chocolate covered goodness. This was exactly what I needed to snap myself out of my Olympic funk.
By the way, Girl Scout Cookie Season also reminds me of Troop Beverly Hills. I can't tell you how many times my sister and I rented that for summer entertainment. Anyone else up for dancing the Freddie? Ok, no dancing going on here, but I further embraced the chocolate concept...
Last weekend (actually, the weekend before...how sad that this blog post has been hanging around in draft form for so long. I should just give up on it. But I won't! It's really important that you all know about these super important...baking...adventures...ok, sorry, just proud this one turned out well, so bear with me) I also embarked on my most ambitious baking adventure to date: chocolate babka. As I casually brought up babka in conversation (yes, I do these things - apologies to my co-workers and friends), the reactions ranged from "what the hell is that?" to "oh, yeah, Elaine had to settle for the lesser babka!" to "hey, a chocolate bread cake thing sounds pretty good." It was a bit of a foreign concept to me, too, but you can bet I tagged that recipe as soon as it popped up in Google Reader.
This was truly a baking adventure of the adventurous sort. It involved...
- the rather sturdy and reliable KitchenAid mixer nearly rocketing off the counter. Six cups flour + two sticks butter + four eggs + a cup and a half of milk + dough hook + approximately 10 minutes of strenuous mixing = near disaster. Crisis averted. Thank goodness.
- finely chopping 2 1/4 pounds of chocolate by hand. I could have used a food processor. But...I counted the excessive chopping as exercise, which enabled me to eat more babka later. It all worked out in the end.
- 3 1/2 sticks of butter. Go ahead, have a minor heart attack on my behalf. Paula Deen would be proud.
- a LOT of time in the kitchen. A decent chunk of my Saturday. What else am I going to do, though? Explore Smithsonian museums and be on the lookout for early cherry blossoms? Oh, right, maybe I should get on that...
Oh, and when I run out of Thin Mints, I can always make my own.
Ok, ok, I promise I'll get out of the kitchen and go do something cool and DC-ish to write about. Yes, it's supposed to rain all weekend, but I won't let that deter me. Perfect day to slap on some rain boots and go explore...something.