Sunday, August 3, 2008

Friday Baking

On Friday I helped Mommy bake for our get-together that night. She had about 15 recipes she planned to bake (OCD showing up), but fortunately we ran out of time, so we only did five, which was more than enough for the 23 people here.

Here is a bread platter with butternut bread, banana bread, and lemon bread (thanks, Tracy, for the lemon bread link!). Of course the gas on our stove ran out during the banana bread baking, so when we checked it at the end of the hour, the bread was cold and gooey. The joys of a gas oven . . . At least we weren't in a time crunch or anything.
And the guava cake, with chocolate custard on top. (By the way, this never got put out, so now Mommy and I get to eat it ALL.)
This was the begged-for recipe of the evening, though: butternut rolls. (Can you guess? Butternut squash has been cheap at less than $3 for a huge bag, so we've got two bags we're trying to get through. Mommy tries to sneak it into everything, including my spaghetti and pancakes.)
So here is the link to the butternut bread recipe we used for the rolls. Our secrets? We halved the recipe and simply stuck all the ingredients (liquids first) in the bread machine on the dough cycle. Except Mommy forgot to halve the margarine. When the dough was ready, she kept cutting in half until she had 32 pieces that she formed into rolls and put on an extra large pizza pan. She let rise 1/2 hour, and then baked for 1/2 hour. The results? Soft melt-in-your mouth texture and brilliant color.
Enough about food. Here is a photo of birthday Daddy (at back) and an entourage. (We're having trouble with the exposure settings on the camera, so almost all our photos are blurry . . .)
And here's my friend B doing karaoke on a nose bulb. (It was well-cleaned, never fear.)
And here I am playing basketball with friends B and K.


dani said...

oh my goodness, it's 1:20am here, and after looking at all your bread and cake, i'm having a carb craving!!! yum!!!
happy birthday, "birthday daddy"!!! i am two months minus a day older than you:D not 40 yet...
have a great day:)

Nap Warden said...

How yummy...Happy Birthday Daddy!

Lori said...

looks very yummy... happy birthday to your daddy!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

It looks like you had a wonderful party. I am off to get the roll recipe.

Pam said...

All that food looked great! So glad it was a good time!

tjhirst said...

Glad you included the butternut bread recipe! Looks good and I love to bake.

REAL ME said...

All that food is making me drool!!!