Okay, flipping through the KAF cookbook to look at crackers, I stumbled onto the flatbread recipes. I have never made flatbread. I think the new kitchen is going to be just the place to try it.
1. Lavash. KAF says this is a basic, easy recipe, which sounds perfect for a first-timer. It also sounds supertasty, and gives me an excuse to buy all kinds of seeds.
2. Rich Potato Flatbread. This sounds like it’s basically fried mashed potatoes. Sounds perfect.
3. Roti. Intriguing.
4. “Soft Wrap Bread”. This claims to be like Taco Bell gordita wrapper. Mmmm…
I’ve never made crackers before. I don’t normally have patience for fussy baking, like rolled cookies and stuff like that, because I hate piling up rotations of hot cookie sheets and cooling racks and whatnot. But the dream kitchen has miles of countertop — suddenly I find myself atwitter with visions of not being annoyed with space limitations. I could have plenty of room for rolling, cutting, baking and cooling! So now that I’m getting some giddy-up, I’m convinced I’m going to make myself buttloads of crackers. Just think of all the money I’ll save by not having to pay for those fancy olive oil and sea salt crackers once a month (when my Artisanal cheese-of-the-month delivery arrives)! I can be a millionaire! So I’m rooting through the KAF Cookbook and these are the recipes that have caught my eye:
1. Basic crackers. Just, you know, to get the lay of the land.
2. Rye crisps. This recipe suggests using a dough docker; any excuse to buy a new gadget is a good excuse in my book.
3. Curry and ginger crackers.
4. Sesame thins. They say these pair well with hummus. I think I can do that.
5. Thin wheat crackers. Or rather, “make your own Wheat Thins”. Think of the money I’ll save!
6. Crisp seeded mega-crackers.
My crackers are going to rock.
It’s been since the end of April that I’ve been without my kitchen, and we’re probably still a good month away from full functionality (although our contractor insists the counters will be in sometime next week — if there’s one thing I’ve learned from our habit of remodeling kitchens it’s to never believe how long they say it’s going to take), and I’ve officially hit the antsy phase of this project. Furthermore, I’ve got Fall Fever. It can’t become autumn soon enough. So now’s the time for me to put together a list of the things I’m spending my waking hours imagining baking — in the order I currently want to make them. We’ll just have to see whether my enthusiasm is still running as high when I’ve actually got to put in the work of making these things, instead of just picturing what it would be like.
2. Puff pastry (to be used for mini-pithiviers and palmiers)
3. Chicken pot pie
6. Pumpkin bread
7. Coffee cake
8. Brotform bread
9. Blueberry muffins
10. Applesauce cake
11. Zucchini muffins
12. Raspberry/cheese breakfast braided loaf
13. Angelfood cake
16. Whole wheat bread
18. Cheese danishes
20. Pork roast
22. Baked beans
23. Buttermilk biscuits
25. Almost flourless chocolate cake
26. Pumpkin whoopie pies
27. Earl gray creme brulee
28. Boston cream pie
29. Caramel-topped mini cheesecakes with sea salt