What to Bake on a Snow Day

Snow day

It's a perfect baking day. What will you be making?

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?

Snow day 2

View from my apartment window. So pretty.

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6 Comments »

  1. Alice said

    I’ll be making your pear tart today, having stocked up on the ingredients last night. Not that it’s snowy in Chicago…

    Also, when you say “slather with butter and sea salt”, does that mean you salt your bread & butter? ‘Cause I totally do that and always get made fun of…

    • moderndomestic said

      Oh, yeah, I totally do that! My favorite is to butter my bread (with unsalted butter) and then sprinkle it with Fleur De Sel (french sea salt). Mmm . . . I hope I never have high blood pressure.

      Let me know how the tart goes!

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  3. Erin said

    I pulled out my recalcitrant cookie dough that’s been “chilling” in the freezer for a week because it was so gooey last time I tried to roll it out. I’ve been sick for the last couple of days and I’m so glad that I feel up to making some cookies today!

    • moderndomestic said

      Some cookie dough is really hard to roll – I had a hell of a time rolling that cookie crust dough for my pear tart (it was so delicate). But if it tastes good, then no one really cares how perfect your cookies are. Good luck! And glad you’re feeling better.

  4. I’ve made that Guinness bread from the Bread Bible. You’re right; it really doesn’t take too long and the texture and flavor is wonderful.

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