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Much more baking than planned... 
20th-Oct-2009 07:53 am
They can"t all be winnersBeer BreadLast night, I'd planned to empty out my pumpkin (head start for carving it tonight!) make a quick cherry pie (had the crust already made and an extra can of cherries), and then knit two pattern repeats on my sock (I'd like to finish it before the weekend. I don't think that's going to happen!).

Well, the pumpkin got emptied, and Eric emptied his, too. I made the cherry pie... but even though I put it in for the minimum amount of time, it was too burnt when I took it out (sorry, Nicky!). I should've checked on it when it started smelling done, but I was emptying a pumpkin, you see... Ah well.

It was Emergency Backup time! Beer bread to the rescue! Seriously, it's delicious and easy and just as quick as a pie! I used a seaonal beer (Magic Hat's Fall Odd Notions 2009 if you want to know. It has a pretty label.) and used this suggestion to use steel cut oats instead of regular oats. We'll see how it tastes tonight!

Pumpkin SeedsSo, I was cleaning up after the pumpkin dissections and baking and dinner making, and I realized that the pumpkin seeds should be roasted, too. We got quite a haul from just two pumpkins! (Although they're large pumpkins) They turned out maybe a bit too dark (It's difficult to keep them baking evenly!). Why was our stove running so hot last night?

Anyway, with all this baking, I only finished one repeat on my sock. But in recounting the number of repeats I have to make, I found out that I only have to make seven, rather than eight! That's *kind of* like finishing two repeats, right?
20th-Oct-2009 06:41 pm (UTC) - Oven thermometer
Try hanging one on the middle rack of the oven. You can either use that to check the temp, or if
you have a gas stove with digital controls you can reset the oven temp. with intructions from the manual and one of these rack thermometers.
Happy cooking. :) and if you have a recipe for pumpkin please send me a copy or some cookies. Yum!
20th-Oct-2009 09:33 pm (UTC) - Re: Oven thermometer
I know! We had a thermometer, but this stove was pretty consistent, so when the thermometer died, we didn't replace it. The stove just went wacky last night, so I don't know what's up.

I keep meaning to follow this recipe for real pumpkin pie, but I haven't actually done that, yet...
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