(Pattern available on Ravelry)
The colors, the pattern, this is just so lovely. And it looks so soft too.
Via Flint & Pyrite
- 2/3 cup water
- 2/3 cup milk
- 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
- 2 cups bread flour
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon gluten
- 2 teaspoons fiber (optional, I try to sneak soluble fiber in everywhere)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon, or to taste
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
- fruit, sliced thin and in small pieces
- This dough recipe is for a bread maker, you may have to adjust the water/flour/gluten ratio if you are doing this by hand: Put all of the ingredients except the fruit into the bread machine in the order your machine likes. Set to dough setting. Let-her-rip.
- While the dough is rising, slice up your fruit. I used strawberries, cherries, and apples that needed to be used up, but pretty much anything will work. If you use very wet fruit, increase covered baking time.
- Once you’ve got a good first rise out of your dough, divide it into two balls (this recipe is a 2 lb recipe, so ~1 lb each).
- Flour your working surface and roll out each ball into an oblong. You want to go about 1/4” to 1/2” thick. This is a stiff dough, so you may reach a point where it just doesn’t want to get thinner, and that is fine.
- Spread out your fruit pieces homogeneously. Make sure you leave about one inch free of fruit at the short end closest to you.
- Roll up the dough from the short end furthest from you to the short end closest to you. Fruit may fall out, just shove it back in somewhere.
- When you only have a couple of inches left, stop rolling and pull up the closest end to meet the roll. Pinch a seem (see the 4th and 5th pictures) all along where the edge meets the roll. Then fold up the ends.
- Put pinched side down into a greased bread tin/Pyrex/pan/etc. Some people grease and flour, go for it if that is your thing.
- With a sharp knife (serrated and fruit don’t mix well), cut a slit down the middle of your bread two to three layers deep. I’ve found with the fruit breads, you want to cut the slit before the second rise, not after. If you wait until after, the bread is much more likely to collapse. It does make the bread look more like and explosion at the end…
- Cover because every fly and fruit fly in a ten mile radius is heading strait for that bread. Then let rise. It is important not to let it rise too much. You just want it to get to the top of the pan or there about.
- Set oven to bake at 350 F and put the bread in roughly the middle of the oven. Bake uncovered for ~10 minutes or until the top isn’t sticky and just starts to brown.
- Cover lightly with foil. Bake for 20-30 more minutes. You want the entire loaf to be roughly the same browned-ness. With fruit breads, over cook. That will help keep them from falling once they cool. I shoot for 10-15 minutes more than I would normally bake the bread if it didn’t have fruit.
- Let cool in the pan for a bit until it is cool enough to handle.
- DO NOT flip the bread out of the pan (unless you want a mess). Loosen the sides with a knife if you need to and lift it out.
- Cool completely on a wire rack. There will probably be some falling (the middle deflates, but the outside crust is too crunchy to deflate with it). This batch didn’t do too badly. I think they could have stayed in the oven another 5-10 minutes.
- Definitely store this in a sealed container. Don’t worry, it won’t be in there long.
- Eat! I’m eating some of this batch right now, lightly toasted and with a dab of butter. Mmmmmmmm!
This is a fantastic recipe if you love pie, but don’t like making pie.
My mother-in-law made me a knitting bag! It is sooooo very cute. I am loving the colors, and the room, and the POCKETS!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I need to take knitting somewhere. Maybe this could be the tree house knitting bag.
Also, I might have a knitting bag problem…
I know I’ve mentioned how much I HATE center-pull balls before. This might be the worst one yet. Every time I pull yarn out I just get a wad of knotted yarn. This stuff is not easy to un-knot either.
I really don’t want to go from the outside for these because they are so big, but I think I’m gonna have to.
I am actually putting this one aside for a little bit. I just cleaned up my active projects area and I have too much Christmas knitting to do. I’m not really 100% sure what this is going to be yet. I’m thinking poncho, but maybe not.
So, this is my brick for #KnitABrick for the Secular Coalition for America. Click the picture for their webpage or visit their facebook event.
It only took me about half an hour to knit this and weave in the ends. They have extended the length of the campaign, I don’t know if I’m going to knit more or not. I have a lot of Christmas presents that need to get done…
Mooch is modeling because she didn’t want to get up.
Yay! I finished it! I actually finished it two Fridays ago. I soaked it Friday night and put it on blocking wires Saturday. Sunday, after it was dry, I steamed the begiebies out of it.
This is the second one of these I’ve made and it really isn’t rectangularly shaped when it is done. You knit from one corner to the opposite corner (in this case from one purple corner to the other) and then block the hell out of it to make it a rectangle. I keep forgetting to take a finished, pre-blocked picture. It still isn’t completely a rectangle, but it is much closer.
I need to take a picture of me wearing it, but it is currently summer in New Mexico and this is 100% wool.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/zbe9k
I love Laurel Hill’s knitting needles. I’ve gotten a bunch of gorgeous strait needles from their awesome clearance sales.
They seem to be more into crochet hooks than knitting needles. Evidence, they are starting drawings for free crochet hooks! There are even free SETS of crochet hooks.
Click through the image to go to their page and read all about it (and sign up).
These mittens on eBay are awesome! They came up in one of my automatic searches because they are made with Kauni wool (I LOVE Kauni). Click through the picture for the listing. There is also a link to the ravelry pattern if you want to make them yourself.
The tree house!
The base was finished the weekend before last. We did finishing touches this weekend. There is a trap door, and a pulley system for a beer bucket.
There are “floating joints” for the main supports where they attach to the tree. Ideally, you want to put all of your supports on one giant branch, but the branches big enough were not well positioned. The floating joints allow the tree house to move with the tree when the wind blows.
My husband thoughtfully used me as a measuring tool to make the foothold placements. The near foot difference between our heights makes a big difference when climbing the tree. Rock climbing was always fun. Neither of us could help out the other very much.
We have also put up a “safety” rope. It isn’t an up-to-code safety rail, but it helps me visualize where the end of the platform is (I was having some trouble with that when standing), and it is an extra hand hold if one of us does something stupid. Craig even almost fell out of the tree when putting it up. ;-) He has some wicked bruises.
We also grabbed some patio chair cushions and tied them to convenient branches. The tree house is up above the houses, so it gets an awesome breeze. It is exceptionally comfortable.
We put up some cool solar lanterns that flicker all candle-like too.
This past Sunday evening we lounged up there with beer and comic books for an hour. It was awesome. Had a storm not moved in, we would have stayed up there longer.
Oh, and the wifi reaches out there. It isn’t the best signal ever…
OH MY GOD I JUST GOT A BOX OF YARN AND FIBER AND TWO SPINDLES FROM scitchet
She is amazing. She is my favorite. (Sorry everyone else, but sending me fiber is like giving someone who likes taking recreational drugs free drugs. (My similes and metaphors need work. I’m too happy to bother.)
I AM SO HAPPY!
IT’S SO FLUFFY I’M GONNA DIE!
Scitchet, I love you forever! <3 <3 <3
I want to roll around in pretty yarn now.
I wish I had taken a picture of everything I jammed into that box. But I basically just had a big pile and put the stuff you needed at the bottom and then just shoved stuff in until I couldn’t fit any more. :-D
Also, I’ve been updating the tracking every 15 minutes this morning. ‘Cuz I’m pretty sure that my role in life is to be a fiber enabler and I wanted to enable the shit out of you. And it needed to GET THERE!
Uh, so, good luck with that mess of yarn everywhere that I just added to. ;-)
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This is in line with so many of my interests. Also, this would be amazing in a kid’s room. Throw some glow in the dark stars on the ceiling, this rug on the floor, and suddenly we don’t have to worry about monsters in the dark.
I would love to do knitted bags of all types and varieties, but I know as soon as I got to the add fabric and zipper part, I would set it aside and never finish. I really need a sewing friend who wants knitted stuff (or embroidery, I like embroidery) but doesn’t like knitting very much, and we could just swap stuff like once a month and put in orders with each other.
This is a super awesome bag though. It gives me ideas about journal covers and book covers.
Via Geek Girl Fibers