In this moment of quarantines and social distancing, distractibaking has overtaken its more prominent cousin, procrastibaking. Atlantans living under the current stay-at-home order might find themselves with more time at home and a good reason to avoid the grocery store, if possible. Plus, the wholesome, nurturing nature of baking makes for a welcome distraction from the pandemic and uncertainty teeming outside our quarantine walls. Read on to find recipes for some of our favorite baking projects.
A household essential that tends to disappear from grocery store shelves when people over-buy in the name of disaster preparedness, bread is one of the most rewarding baking projects you can undertake. Under quarantine, the phenomenon of a distractibaking has quickly taken hold. Social media has been filled with photos of cookies, muffins and the miraculous no-knead bread that has long been one of the most popular recipes ever published by The New York Times. For AJC readers who want to get in on the action, we’ve dug up an article from 2016 that has several recipes for everyday breads, including ones for old-fashioned white loaf and hearty country bread.
Old-Fashioned White Loaf
Recipe from “The Art & Soul of Baking,” by Cindy Mushet
Hearty Country Bread
Recipe from “Baking Illustrated,” by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated magazine
In stressful times, cake is a friend. Lean into cake cravings and make something delicious that will raise the spirits of your entire household. Below, we have selected a couple of classic recipes that fit well with our city and state. The first is the legendary coconut cake from the long-closed Rich’s Bakeshop, a recipe that has been requested by AJC readers through several decades. The second is an Appalachian Apple Stack, a less-sweet option that works as well for breakfast as it does for dessert.
Rich’s Bakeshop Coconut Cake
Rich’s prepared a three-layer cake with two layers of coconut filling. If you don’t have three pans of the same size, two works fine. This recipe makes three 9-inch layers or two thicker 9-inch layers.
Appalachian Apple Stack Cake
Treats from Local Bakers
For more baking-related projects, check out these recipes from popular Atlanta baker Sarah Dodge, formerly of 8ARM. She shared a few of her recipes back in 2017; that same year, she left the restaurant industry to start her own “rogue baking operation” called Bread is Good. Dodge specializes in long-fermented sourdough breads but sells an ever-changing mixture of loaves and pastries, as well as a monthly bread subscription.
Another independent baker, Jesse Kirkpatrick, sells her breads and other baked goods through Instagram under the name After Flours. Customers can arrange to purchase her creations through Instagram for pickup at the recently-opened Elemental Spirits Co. in Virginia-Highland, where she is the assistant general manager and wine buyer.
Kirkpatrick shared a personal-favorite cookie recipe featuring the calming flavors of Earl Grey tea. The recipe earned her third place in a staff cookie competition during her tenure at Aquavit, the acclaimed Nordic restaurant in New York City.
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