It’s snowing in DC – like, really snowing. There’s a blizzard warning until 6:00 pm tonight and, according to Twitter, DC has already made a mad rush on its grocery stores.
So you’ve stocked up on milk, eggs and (hopefully) even flour – and you’re holed up in the house. This can only mean one thing – epic baking day. I mean, like, epic baking day. It’s a day to bake something complicated and difficult – although not something that needs multiple days worth of rising time (unless you anticipated this baking day and made your bread starter last night).
Good things to bake on a snow day:
- Cinnamon Rolls – What could be better after coming in from a snowy walk than a hot, warm, gooey cinnamon roll? They’ll take some time to rise, so you can have a leisurely day of baking while watching the snow.
- Croissants – this is what I’m going to be making today, myself. The rising time isn’t that long, so I can fit it in a day, but because you have to roll (or “turn’) and rest the dough several times you have to be around all day.
- Gingerbread cookies. These are perfect for a snow day – they’re time consuming because you have to make the dough, chill it, and roll them out, and you can spend time decorating them with royal icing.
- Guinness Bread (or really, any rustic artisan loaf). This is my own recipe, adapted from The Bread Bible, and I’m seriously thinking about making it today too. The rising time isn’t that long, and there’s nothing more homey and comforting on a snowy day than bread dough rising in your kitchen. I would make this and serve it in thick slices, slathered with butter and sea salt, and eat it with a cup of tea while watching the snow.
What will you be baking today?