Making Use of What I Bought

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SOLSC Day 17

After writing about my trip to the store on Sunday I made myself hungry so I thought I would put some of what I bought to good use.  It was time to do a bit of baking.

Before I start to bake I always like to gather everything I need and put it out on the counter.  That way I don’t have to go looking for something in the middle of mixing things.

So, I got everything out, measured, and placed near the mixer where I would just need to add things when necessary.  Egg yolks – check.  1 cup  utter – check.  1 cup sugar – check. 1 cup chopped walnuts – check.  2 cups flour – check.  Seedless strawberry jam – check.  1 greased 9 x 13 in. pan – check.

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Mow for mixing.  Cream the butter, add the sugar, add the egg yolks, gradually add the flour, and finally blend in the nuts.  The dough is a bit heavy but my good old Kitchen Aid can handle it.

Now to spread half of the dough into the bottom of the pan and just a little lip going up the sides.  Looks good.  Now it is time to add a half cup of the jam and spread it over the dough.  Lastly I need to cover the jam with the remaining dough.  There.  All set for the oven.

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After forty minutes of baking it is time to take them out of the oven.  They look nice and golden.

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I know I can’t leave them on the kitchen counter or I would have three beasties checking them out and going for a bite.  Off they go to the basement where they will sit until they are cold.

Now all that is left is to cut them into bite size pieces and put them into a container.

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Of course there has to be a taste test.  Quality control you know.

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Yum…the thin layer of jam adds just enough sweetness.  Now I am set for staying home for a while.

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23 responses to “Making Use of What I Bought

  1. How delicious, this is the second baking recipe I’ve read today and it sounds so good. Glad you’re making good use of your time home!

  2. Looks yummy! I do the same thing when I am baking. I want to make sure I have all the ingredients before I start. Sometimes I’m out of something.

  3. Funny I was thinking of baking today as well. Maybe today is a day for rye bread. Love how you set this up. The bars look great!

  4. I am glad that you now shared the process via photos. They do look yummy! You make me want to bake but for now I am still cleaning my attic.

  5. jumpofffindwings

    So much fun, this. I know you and I have shared reflections on the “good old Kitchen Aid” before. I, too, need to keep results from a highly inquisitive kitten. My husband chides, “Food prep,” as he lifts him from the counter and places him on the floor. Usually it only takes twice. (We lack a basement.) Thanks for this vivid, and tasty, post.

  6. Lainie Levin

    These look delicious! I’ve stockpiled baking goods but haven’t yet cracked into them. Thanks for posting your baking adventures. Looks like I’ll have to get on it!

  7. Yum! Smuckers Strawberry Jam is the best. My mom would economize and get store brands for a lot of things, but she insisted on Smuckers.

  8. I loved the photos. but now I am hungry, Bob. Can you share these, please? Perhaps I can try to replicate your recipe tomorrow. I have blackberry jam sitting in the fridge and a delicious apple-strawberry-rhubarb jam as well. Maybe I could experiment….

  9. Yum. Now that I am home more than I expected I might do some baking ….and then write about t.

  10. Ooooooooh! This looks so simple and sounds so yummy!

  11. These look amazing! I really enjoyed that you composed this as a photo essay. I never think to take photos in process, but that’s a great way to compose a slice!

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