Noun  the action of forming or process of being formed.  Synonyms: emergence, coming into being, genesis, development, evolution, shaping 


All I will say is that my better half and I have been in formation for the past two years, hence the lack of any type of blogging.   It has been, and continues to be, a difficult, challenging, but enriching process.  If all goes well and this course is meant for us then all things will come to fruition in 2020.  And that’s all I will say about that.

I have decided to bring this back to life.  Not because I will make a mark on the world, but because I’m going to attempt to hold myself accountable for the tasks I set in front of me and as an official record of where I have been and my journey into the future.

This week I will document my process in our upstairs in terms of organization and cleaning.  I will post one recipe with resultant photos, and I will speak about one bioethical issue.

I think this is a good start.

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Avid Baker’s Challenge – Roasted Vegetable Focaccia


Well, apparently it’s been three months since I last posted. Life has gotten in the way.

This month’s Avid Baker’s Challenge is roasted vegetable focaccia. The recipe can be found here at the King Arthur Flour website.

I originally began this two weeks ago but the starter got out of hand and it sat around for over 24 hours and then I was afraid that I would somehow poison everyone with overactive yeast. So I started again yesterday. This was also the first time I’ve used the dough hook on the KitchenAid.

The Spare liked it plain, so I resolved to make some without any vegetables and to use it as a dipping bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I’ll also add fresh rosemary

I found this recipe to be very labor intensive, but now that I’ve worked through it, I see where I can make it easier on myself and I think it will be quick and easy. The actual “work” involved is very small, but this is something that you have to plan to make since it takes about 18 hours of total time to rise.

Check out the other iterations found at Avid Baker’s Challenge.


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Avid Baker’s Challenge: English Digestives

The May challenge at Avid Baker’s Challenge is the King Arthur Flour English Digestive biscuits.

These were super quick to knock together. The hardest part was waiting for the butter to come to room temperature. I also used this occasion to bust out my Queen Elizabeth silhouette cookie cutter that I bought from Fancy Flours. I was less successful with the thickness of the cookies. Some were closer to 1/4 inch than 1/8 inch. If I make these again I would stick to the thicker, 1/4 inch cookie. I didn’t quite get the baking time down pat either. Some were much crispier than others. I preferred the less crispy, thicker version. Overall they were good. A nice crumbly texture. I definitely think a cuppa would have improved them. I ate mine after it cooled without any liquid.


The recipe can be found here along with a picture of what traditional digestives should look like.

According to the King Arthur Flour website, “these biscuits were developed during the latter part of the 19th century to increase fiber in Victorian diets. Digestive Biscuits are really just sophisticated graham crackers and are very simple to make. They are delicious with tea and fruit.”

1/2 cup (2 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) King Arthur Traditional Whole Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter at room temperature
3/4 cup (3 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup (2 ounces) cold milk

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Measure the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl. With a pastry blender, two knives, or your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour mixture. Toss in the sugar and enough milk to make a stiff dough.

Knead this mixture on a floured surface until smooth. (All this can be done almost instantly in a food processor.) Roll the dough out to a bit more than 1/8 inch thick and cut into any desired shape. Traditionally, digestive biscuits are round and about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Place on greased cookie sheets, prick evenly with a fork, and bake until pale gold, between 15 and 20 minutes.

Let me know if you try these out!

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