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Sunday, January 14, 2007

I am a serf of the Great King, Arthur

While my bread was doing its second rise this afternoon, I found myself munching on a few chocolate chips from the Ghiradelli bag, and pondering that these li'l chips, while delicious individually, should really be put to a greater collective use, a use worthy of their deep, slightly bitter, dark chocolate flavor and rich texture.

So I consulted King Arthur again, and made the crispy chocolate chip cookie recipe. Now, I'm no stranger to baking or eating CC cookies--I've been around the Toll House block a few times--but the results of this recipe far surpassed any I'd made before, and most I'd eaten. As we ate the golden, crumbly cookies with rich, molten chocolate chips and slivers of toasted walnuts, I commented to G., "These cookies have really good crumb, don't they?"

He stared me in the eye and replied, "You're part of the cult. You're gone."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

See, he's inexperienced at recognizing cult members. I knew by the first SENTENCE, where you just nonchalantly mentioned your bread's second rise. And, really, second clue? That you thought about chocolate chip cookies, so you just went and made some. You could have not mentioned crumb at all and I would have known we have you in our clutches. When you start tinkering with recipes--before you've even made them once--then we'll know you're truly One of Us. Though it sounds like the King Arthur recipes don't need much tinkering. (ALL recipes get tweaked, if only because of the limitations imposed by what's in the cabinets or refrigerator at the moment.)

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, may I add, the cult of King Arthur is only a sub-genre of the larger cult of People Who Make Things from Scratch. Speaking of which, I learned all kinds of things about needlepoint scrim yesterday (for example: if it's 22 stitches to the inch (yes, that's tiny) it's called Congress cloth rather than canvas or mesh). You can find all kinds of things on teh intertubes.

7:36 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Last weekend, I made my own muffin recipe by combining the better parts of two recipes and then adding 4 kinds of nuts and seeds and calling the creation "bird seed muffins". (No raisins, thankyouverymuch.) They were wonderful.

22 stitches to the inch! How do you keep your fingers from getting in the way?

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bigger problem, at my advanced age, is seeing the damned thing. Or I suspect it would be, if I were going to use Congress cloth. I'm tempted--I've only done one piece on scrim that small--but I'll probably go with 18 stitches/inch, which, trust me, is plenty small.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those muffins sound good, btw. I don't mind raisins, but I'd probably add chopped dates and/or dried apricots, because I almost always have some around for snacking.

11:37 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Do you have a magnifying glass?

...I was going to ask you something specific, but I forget what. Maybe it had to do with something on your blog...I'll come visit.

1:44 PM  

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