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irish soda bread!

procrastinating: taking the cat outside

prep time: 15 minutes

cook time: 45-50 minutes

cleanup time: 10 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: ~ 75 minutes

Éirinn go brách, procrastibakers! it’s one of my favorite weeks– st. patrick’s week– and naturally, it’s gorgeous out. the sun is shining, the air is losing its wintery bite, and spring is just around the corner. and no one is as astutely aware of the nice weather as our cat, anna. every time i’m near the front door, she runs over, stands on her hind legs, and meows at me to try and go outside. all in due time, anna. going outside means putting on shoes, and non-pajama-like clothes, and i have to build up the energy to do all that.

the other tell-tale sign that it’s st. patrick’s week (yes, week, not DAY), is that i have the grocery list to prove it. corned beef, potatoes, cabbage, and naturally, irish soda bread. i could just pick up a loaf while at the store, but they’re never as perfect as you’d like– maybe no raisins, maybe too many caraway seeds, maybe too dense… i mean, if you ask me, there’s no such thing as bad irish soda bread, but i think i can do a better job on my own.

i’m not sure if either one of my irish grandmothers have a soda bread recipe, so mine’s just an amalgamation of “hmm, this seems like a good idea” and “this sounds right.” i think regardless of the turnout, they’re proud of me, but personally, i think we have a winner. note to my friends in ireland: this may not be traditional soda bread, but irish-american cuisine certainly has its place as well–so put on your shamrocks, procrastibakers, and let’s get goin!

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pear-hazelnut bars

procrastinating: sleep.

prep time: 90 minutes

bake time: 30 minutes

cleanup time: 10 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: ~2 hours

good morning, procrastibakers, and hello to my new friends at coler & colantonio who have profited from procrastibaking leftovers the last couple days. in an effort not to eat all of the sweetheart cupcakes or pumpkin doughnuts or savory scones (post coming soon!) my boyfriend brought everything to the office with him, and came home last night with empty containers, asking, “what are we going to bake for the office tonight?”

i pondered as we went to yoga class, and then panera for dinner afterwards, and then finally, as we meandered through super stop & shop, it struck me. a delicious cookie bar, light and chewy with a palate stimulating texture, perfect with a morning cup of coffee (or two). and so, the pear-hazelnut bar was conceptualized.

it wasn’t until we strolled in the door after 10pm that i realized it might be a long night. but who needs sleep when you can bake? let’s go!

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pumpkin doughnuts

procrastinating: shoveling the snow.

prep time: 35 minutes (& 3 hours to chill)

cook time: 3 minutes a batch

cleanup time: 10 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: 4 hours-ish.

hey there, procrastibakers. happy february!

today in massachusetts, we’re experiencing yet another major snowstorm (along with most of the rest of america– yay snowmageddon!), which i, for one, appreciate. snowstorms are a wonderful opportunity to stay home and snuggle up, throw on some comfy sweats, and put on some old favorite movies (ahhh, kelly clarkson!).

okay, correction: unemployed snowdays are fun. the soul-crushing inability to acquire gainful employment stings a little less as the snow begins to fall and covers everything in clean white purity. you’re not home alone today, because the rest of the world is snowed in with you. and if you can manage to send in a few job applications while the world is snowy and sleepy, well, you’re ahead of the game, aren’t you?

since i still haven’t heard back from mcdonalds about being their next fry technician (thank you, higher education), i think some pre-job training might edge me ahead of the throngs of competition. and so, i present to you the snowday treat: pumpkin doughnuts. fried to a golden perfection, dipped in spicy sugar– they may not be baked, but they’re helping me avoid the 8+ inches of snow in the driveway, and that’s procrastibaking enough for me. let’s go!

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