Stress can be caused by many things, big and small. Like...oh, I don't know...realizing you're stuck in an unrewarding dead end job that uses none of your skills effectively. Like finishing off a busy week of business plan meetings by (finally) getting your taxes done, then starting to ever-so-slightly panic as soon as your accountant starts speaking.
Well, in this house, the stressed get baking. Ergo, you will see a lot of baking posts.
Baking is so relaxing to me. The mixing of flours and sugars and spices into something fabulous...the feel of the warm dough between your fingers...the rush of the sugar...the snap of the biscuit can...
That's right: I made the canned biscuit doughnuts I spotted recently on Southern Hospitality (via Southern Plate -- hop over to her blog for fabulous photos and a full tutorial on making these little buggers.).
They couldn't be easier. I popped the can when the mister was getting ready to go into the shower, and by the time he was out I had a plate of warm doughnuts.
I passed on the part of the recipe that called for you to dip the doughnuts in butter (I thought at this point I would be doing enough damage with the whole deep fried dough thing) and just rolled them in a mixture of coarse cane sugar and cinnamon. It stuck to the doughnuts with no problem.
They taste a lot likechurros, which is fine by me. Judging from the comments on Rhoda's blog, lots of Southern ladies grew up eating these sugary biscuit treats. What other tricks do you lovely Southern Belles have up your little sleeves?
I also rescued my sugar cookie photos from my camera today. The recipe is in my last post, but I thought you may want to see a few of the many (MANY) cookies that came out.
They held their shape quite well, making it perfect for more intricate cookie cutters. I mentioned using spelt flour, and I kind of like how it flecked the finished cookies with little brown dots. (Maybe I liked it because it fooled my pea brain into thinking there was something healthy about them.)