Dough!

bread_in_progress.jpgAs mentioned previously, we managed to do in our 40-year-old Mixmaster after making communion bread for these past four Sundays or so. The machine’s thin, brittle, ungrounded electrical cord and metal chassis were, to say the least, not inspiring confidence as we worked nearby, hands wet, but the steadily worsening odor of burning motor coils made us feel it wise to move on sooner, rather than later.

So, we pinged our baking partner-in-crime, the Rev. Beth Foote, and asked if we could be the bread provider this Sunday, the better to try out the new rig sooner than later. Beth, who, like most parish priests, has no lack of work to do, was grateful for the respite. Moi, I was happy to have an excuse to fire up this marvel of French culinary engineering.

And indeed, it was night and day: the Cuisinart both mixes the dough and kneads it, meaning I just add ingredients, mix and then cover the mixing-bowl with a warm, wet cloth – no onerous (one-) hand kneading necessary before returning in a couple hours for the risen dough. I punched out the small, round loaves, cut a cross in the top of each, and popped them in the oven for 15 minutes. Heh, our latest career move: from unpaid blogger to volunteer baker… I think mom would be proud…

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About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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4 Responses to Dough!

  1. AmyB says:

    Love baking bread… how great that you found such a great way to do it!

  2. cg says:

    I love how the kitchen smells after the bread comes out of the oven…

  3. Matthew Dutton-Gillett says:

    We shall look forward to it this Sunday! I like the idea that you are baking our Communion Bread, at least some of the time. Somehow, given all that you are dealing with, having you make the bread deepens the sense of the sacramentality of it for me. Doesn’t make much rational sense, probably, but then I’ve never been accused of being entirely rational — in fact, my teenager accuses me of the opposite on a regular basis.

  4. cg says:

    Baking bread, taking photos, occasional Mac ‘help desk’ calls… we feel called to do what little we can. We note that others, more gravely afflicted than I, have served so much more… and that would include parents of teenagers1

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